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What do you do, when you are the caregiver for someone who is unable to travel?

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM Comments comments (100)
Going to Florida, Arizona or taking a cruise can be a great way to lift your spirits when you’ve had a long winter. What do you do, when you are the caregiver for someone who cannot travel, due to physical or mental impairment, such as dementia or stroke? Many caregivers forego taking vacations. This is not good for the caregiver and in the long run it is not good for your family member. Not taking breaks can result in burn out, for YOU the caregiver.
This can lead to poor quality care, or in extreme cases even abuse. What is the solution? Respite Care at Adagio Manor Assisted Living adagioassistedliving.com ? At Adagio, we have a minimum stay policy or try our coupon offer for up to eight hours of free respite. You can fill out our regular admission paperwork and then let us know when you plan to leave. You can be comfortable that your family member will get individualized care in a homelike setting. We have 24 hour awake staff with a very low client to staff ratio. We can provide assistance with all daily living activities such as bathing dressing grooming bathroom and transfer assistance. We offer home cooked meals including special diets.
Let us know what your family member needs and for how long and then enjoy your cruise.
Bon Voyage!

Does My Family Member Need 24 hour RN Care?

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (166)
Adagio CardinalFrequently when a family member is thinking about moving out of a nursing home and into an Assisted Living home, their family is worried about the quality of care that their loved one will receive. In a nursing home there is always at least one RN in the building and this is a comfort to many families. In an Assisted Living setting, a Registered Nurse is not typically on site seven days a week around the clock.  However, in the Assisted Living model the Home Health Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is available on site, seven days a week around the clock.  At Adagio Manor Assisted Living, a residential style assisted living, there are trained Home Health Aides on site at all times 24/7. The nurse has trained them to administer medications, provide assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and transferring. They can be trained to do simple wound care, care for drains, catheters, and ostomies. Home Health Aides can be trained to assist with blood sugar checks, and reminders for insulin administration. They are also able to perform blood pressure checks, temperature and respirations. Home Health Aides are trained to check Oxygen saturations and to perform Tube feedings. But most importantly, the Home Health Aide is trained to know when it is time to call the nurse and report abnormal findings. When the Home Health Aide calls the Nurse, the nurse will then decide next steps and what actions need to be taken. The Assisted Living Registered Nurse is able to train Home Health Aides to perform a wide variety of cares and treatments, but be assured that the nurse is available to be on site as needed to assess your loved one.
 

When do you seek a Memory Care" unit? …if someone has Dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM Comments comments (76)
When do you seek a Memory Care" unit …if someone has Dementia or Alzheimer’s? Visit us at   adagioassistediving.com
 
The short answer is not always. Will an apartment style assisted living be a fit for your loved one? Typically, this setting will not be a good fit, as your family will likely require more supervision. In the residential style assisted living setting we can manage someone with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or Short term Memory Loss. What  are the differences in this setting? Many times people with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or Short term Memory Loss need frequent reminders and routine. In a smaller setting like a residential care home, staff is able to remind the person of their schedule. We can make sure they take their medications on time and make sure they eat three nutritious meals a day.  We can also provide redirection when they think they need to leave the building or when they are confused about what time of day it is. Many times a confused person with dementia does not need a locked door; they just need some to say, “where are you going, do you remember how cold it is outside, or why don't you wait until after lunch?” Many times when a confused person is heading toward the front door they might be actually looking for the bathroom. In a small residential care home, the staff to client ratio is low, so staff gets to know and understand each client’s individual needs. Staff is able to anticipate the client needs and meet them without the client and through knowing them, realizing exactly what their need or issue was. Personal attention can replace locked doors and alarms in many cases. Isn’t that what we would all like, the opportunity and setting providing personal attention? Visit us at adagioassistediving.com  or call us at 612-964-8376 today!
 

Hospice in Assisted Living

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM Comments comments (58)
The Rob & Laura Petrie Room at AdagioFrequently I am asked if we are we able to provide hospice care in a Class F Assisted Living Residence like Adagio Manor Assisted Living. Although providing Hospice requires a separate license we can work with a Hospice Provider. In other words, Adagio Manor Assisted Living is able to provide the room the meals, and the 24hr home health aide care. We then we allow a Hospice Provider of the Clients choice to come in and see the client. The provider will prescribe comfort medication and measures for the client. Hospice providers will also send is special equipment such as hospital beds, commodes, and lifts to help with the clients care. While it can be confusing for people to understand both hospice roles and  assisted living roles, the team at Adagio can help clients and families with an understanding of each roles.  The nice thing about having hospice in a small residential assisted living is that family is welcome to visit at any time and even sit with the client over night, if that is their choice. Or, if family is fatigued they can be reassured by our trained staff who will watch over their loved one while they take a break. In the end we are all able to work as a team to meet the client's needs until the end in a comfortable residential setting.

What is Respite Care and where do I find it?

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM Comments comments (270)
Respite care is giving the care giver some time off. How much time off? That depends on the need. Respite care can be during the day over night or for 2 weeks. Care givers that are providing daily care for a loved one sometimes need time off. Maybe they need a day to go shopping and run errands, or maybe they need to go to work, or maybe they want a weekend at the lake. Or maybe the caregiver has some medical issues themselves that may require a hospitalization or some time off to take care of themselves. Most care givers including wives, husbands, sons and daughter’s need some time away. Adagio Manor Assisted Living can help by providing the respite care. We can bill in increments as small as 12 hours or by the week.
To prepare for respite care we go through our regular admission process to ensure that we are providing high quality respite care for your loved one. Then, just let us know when that break is needed and we will gladly schedule respite care for your loved one!

Not All Assisted Livings Are Alike

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM Comments comments (156)
Not All Assisted Livings Are Alike
 
 
One of the most frequent questions that I receive is; “what is the difference between an Assisted Living Apartment and Assisted Living in a Residential Care Home?”
Of course the obvious answer is the apartment. What people often times do, is not realizing the “difference” that care can make. When a person is in an apartment and they are scheduled to see a nurse once a week and a personal care attendant for a shower once a week. This means that they are seen by a health care professional two times per week where they are checked on. They might have a plan where they put a card out in the morning if they are o.k. but that might be their only contact for the day. I recently spoke with a care attendant working at an Assisted Living apartment facility. She shared that she is supposed to see residents in the apartment and help them with their shower. She noticed that a client had spilled his pills all over. She said that she was not allowed to do anything about her client’s pills because he had not paid for “help” with his pills. She also shared that she was supposed to escort another client to the dining room, but when she entered the room she noticed it smelled of BM. She said she was not allowed to help the client to the bathroom or to help him get cleaned up because he had not paid for that service. I also spoke with a gentleman who had placed his parents in an assisted living apartment and his parents needed eye drops. He stated that it was costing his parent $4000.00 per month to have the eye drops put in his their parent’s eyes. As you may have gathered, all services are provided and paid for al carte.
 
 
Contrast the approach above to an Assisted Living in Residential Care setting where prices are a lump sum. Initially this may sound more expensive, but what you are paying for is personal attention. In an Assisted Living in Residential Care setting the client is checked on many times throughout the day. Because it is a small setting, the facility staff can accommodate food preferences. If the client wants a shower every day they receive a shower every day without an increase in cost. If they have medication assistance needs they receive it day or night. If the client is not engaging, staff will know right away and can encourage them to find out what their interests are or what they like to do.
When you add up the cost for all the personal attention you will find usually that an Assisted Living in Residential Care setting is a real deal.
 

Caring for the elderly over the holidays

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM Comments comments (79)
Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays
Songs that we love to sing!
 During the holidays many of us see family that we have not seen for a while. When it comes to our Elderly family (parents, aunts, and uncle’s family friends) we may notice changes in them. Such as Aunt Martha, who always made the greatest homemade candy and this year it did not taste as good. Dad's car was always spotless, now he has a big scrape on the side of it. Mom's hair was always done to perfection, but it looks like she forgot to comb the back. These things may seem harmless or not a big deal, yet they can be representative of a "Big Deal". It may be that physically or mentally they are not able to keep up with the daily activities of life. It could be due to failing eye sight, or that physically it is too much for them to take care of themselves or that they are becoming forgetful. When we notice these changes what do we do? Well maybe we need to visit them at home to see how other things are going. Is their behavior a pattern or is it a onetime incident? May be we need to arrange for someone to visit them more often. This could be a family member, a neighbor or a Nurse. Back to the scrape on Dad's car, how is his eyesight? Perhaps he has developed cataracts or maybe he needs new glasses. Could his reaction time have slowed down and should he continue driving or should we restrict how far he drives? What do we do about this? Well it might be time to make an appointment with his doctor and go along with him and bring up these concerns. The doctor can do a “basic assessment” to determine what the next step should be. You can also consider a visit to the eye specialist or to the neurologist to determine if Dad should still be driving.
   The other thing that I frequently hear from family is that they do not have the time to take the elderly to the doctor. This is a common problem. The older our family gets the more time they need from us. I try to put their needs in perspective after having been through this with my own aging parents. The last year that they were a live was very time intensive for me between doctor visits, well checks, calling them to remind them to eat, or getting the call at work that they have lost the remote. Yes is did take a lot of time, but now I am so happy that I had those times with them. Mom died in February it will be 4 years ago and Dad passed away last March. If he called today about the remote I would be so happy to help him and go look for it. This holiday season is the first one I have had without my parents and I do miss them. But I am happy that they are no longer confused, frustrated by how poorly their bodies are working and their lost of independence. I am most happy that I did everything I could to make those last year’s happy and meaningful for them and for me.
 

Caring for your loved one this holiday season.....

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM Comments comments (184)
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