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|Posted on February 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM||comments (98)|
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.
|Posted on February 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (166)|
|Posted on January 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM||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!
|Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM||comments (58)|
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|Posted on December 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM||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.
|Posted on December 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM||comments (79)|
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.
|Posted on November 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM||comments (183)|
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