Information for the Family
Selecting the right care setting can be difficult.
Our goal is to make the choice simple.
In 2011, it has been estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association that 5.4 million people have Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
The Cottages Memory Care facility is dedicated to providing the individual care that is required for someone with dementia. And we do it with a hometown heart. The Cottages staff will offer you support and help you understand ways to communicate and spend quality time with your loved one. You will be able to leave them with us knowing they are living in a safe, secure and loving environment.
How Do I Know When It's Time?
Although some families are able to care for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, it may come to a point where home care is unmanageable and unaffordable. Some questions when deciding if the time is right for your loved one include:
● Have any accidents occurred recently with appliances in home such as the stove or forgetting to turn it off properly?
● In the event of a fire, do you feel your loved one would follow appropriate emergency measures including calling 911 and leaving premises?
● Has your loved one gotten lost or unable to remember personal information such as address, phone number, contacts that enable them to return home?Has he/she gotten lost while on a walk or running errands?
● As the caregiver, is your health at risk, are you missing a lot of work or are unable to manage other responsibilities? Do you have support to care for your loved one?
● Is the amount of home care assistance needed in the near future likely to become so great that it is not an option for your family?
Our Check List will help you determine if it's time to consider a visit to The Cottages Memory Care. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from a form of dementia, contact your primary care physician for a screening. Then contact us. We will help them live the life they deserve.
Preparing Your Care Provider
The Cottages will treat a whole person, not a patient. To help us do this, please familiarize us with the needs and history of the person with Alzheimer's.
Tell us the person's place of birth, childhood memories, family stories, favorite hobbies, occupation, likes, dislikes, and morning and evening routines. By filling out the “Who I am.” sheet, we can help you gather and organize this information. You will provide insights about the person's preferences and routines which will help The Cottages Caregivers do a Plan of Care for the Resident. If possible, the person with dementia should be involved in the care planning. As the disease progresses, the person's needs will change and, in some cases, a particular type of care may no longer be suitable. As this occurs, the care plan will also change.
There will be a designated shelving area outside each unit door for placing items and photographs that will help the Resident find their room. Please remember that items may be misplaced, taken or hidden temporarily because of the nature of disease and those we serve. Items of exceptional value should not be brought and only copies of photos should be displayed.
Visit our Resources Page for links to Memory Care Therapy Concepts.
Understanding fears and things our Residents love is greatly important. Many times Residents will pull memories from childhood memories or early hobbies or activities they loved to do. They may go back to wanting to do them - that’s ok. Professionally-trained Caregivers believe that it’s important to understand their Residents current ‘world’ and what they are experiencing now. Through this practice we can try to give each Resident some peace of mind and a feeling of safety in a non-judgemental environment. All family information is confidential, regardless of content.
Learn about everything from detection to caregiving. View the Alzheimers Association Education and Workshop Calendar.
Come and visit us, lets talk about what you need.
The Cottages Memory Care: 866-447-3838 TOLL FREE