Choosing the Best Memory Care in San Francisco

When it's time for senior careWhen choosing a San Francisco memory care facility for your senior aged loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, there is more to consider than you would normally just for an aging parent or loved one.  Some facilities specialize in memory care and care associated with memory loss.  There are different stages of memory loss ranging from mild to severe.  Most people will loosely use the term Alzheimer’s with memory loss, but there is a different care plan necessary for a senior with mild memory loss symptoms, beginning stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, progressive Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.  For this reason, choosing a care facility for your senior aged loved one which specializes in memory care is important.  Personalized care is a key factor in the memory loss care specialty.  The facilities which specialize in this type of care will be important to either address symptoms or slow progression of memory loss.  A compassionate staff at a memory care facility will be able to assist your senior aged loved one with their daily care needs, while focusing on their best quality of life today and in years to come.

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The Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

If you are looking for a way to spend your time in your retirement, why not consider gardening? Gardening is a favorite among seniors—it’s enjoyable and offers plenty of health benefits.

During the spring and summer months—or year-round for those who are lucky enough to live in a climate that allows for it—many seniors turn to gardening. There have been a number of studies examining the benefits of gardening, especially for seniors. This hobby provides something to focus on and allows for a sense of purpose for those who may be feeling a little lost in their golden years.

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Senior Conversation Starter Tips

Retirement HoustonStarting an uncomfortable conversation can be absolutely no fun.  It is not easy to ask hard questions.  In Los Angeles there are people who can be trusted and people who may not be so trustworthy.  As our parents age and there are other people in the family, friends and those we hire to assist to care for our senior aged loved ones, we must protect them as they once protected us.  It is important to reciprocate the loving care that our parents gave to us when we were vulnerable and in a position that someone needed to look after and out for us.  For this reason, it is equally important to start conversations which may be difficult.  The best way to prevent financial abuse with a senior aged loved one is to contact an attorney, financial advisor and accountant to get the finances in order.  When your senior aged loved one gets to the age that you feel like they could be in the position to fall victim to financial abuse it is the time to start those conversations.  Senior conversation starter tips:

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Walk-In Bath Tub – Minor Change, Major Improvement

Walk in bath tubsThe smallest changes can make the most improvement in a senior’s quality of life. Families of seniors are not taking any chances and are doing what they can to ensure their seniors are safe and happy.  As a younger person we take for granted how easily we can get into the tub to take a shower. Just lift our leg up over the side, find our balance in the tub with just one foot in and push off with the other leg to end up both feet and our bodies in the tub.  Well it is not as simple as it sounds for a senior with mobility and balance issues.  Seniors are often not as flexible, stable or physically able to perform many of the simplest tasks that we might not consider as a younger person.  Signs your senior is having difficulty getting into and out of the tub:

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Use it or Lose it

Flashcards 2As we age, if we are not staying sharp minded, we are losing our ability to remember and retain information.  Memory loss is a common problem among the seniors we love.  There are things that seniors can do to keep their minds sharp and memory strong. Rebecca Singer has developed flash cards, 100 words a day, to assist seniors.  Just like with any part of our minds and bodies, training and strengthening is the key to have the best mind at any age.  Making the use of our memory a daily part of our lives may become a passing notion as we age.  Call Rebecca at 914-563-6939 or visit rebeccasinger.com for this new, invaluable senior care product.

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Fringe Benefits of Assisted Living

Choosing assisted living in San Francisco, CAGet it right.  Picking the right assisted living facility can literally come down to minor details.  So you’ve been trying to find the best assisted living in San Francisco for your senior aged loved one.  Now they are all starting to look the same.  There are things that the assisted living community does not advertise as an amenity, feature or service provided.  It may all come down to the types of care workers who are working there and their personalities.  When you have narrowed the choices down to just a few in San Francisco, now is the time to mingle with the other residents and the workers.  Asking the residents what the workers do that “isn’t on their payroll” may really make the decision easy.

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Home Alone in Los Angeles

In big cities like Los Angeles it’s easy to walk past a senior’s residence and just assume that he or she prefers to stay in, but confinement can be a form of elder abuse.  Pay attention to changes in an elderly friend’s behaviors.  For years you may have seen a senior in your neighborhood coming outside to get the mail or water their flowers, but upon receiving senior care the senior is no longer seen outside of the home, ever.  Honestly, you may feel like a nosy neighbor or friend, but it certainly doesn’t make you one to care about someone and want to know why there has been a strange change in behavior.  Ask questions or stop over to visit and see if there is an explanation for the senior’s change of behavior like a medical concern or issue or a change in physical condition.  If you are not able to explain why it appears as if the senior has had a change in behavior, you may consider asking the senior if there is any reason for concern.

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Home Care in San Jose

Home Care San JoseMany San Jose home care professionals are licensed practical nurses. Some home care workers in San Jose are independent and the risks may be slightly greater with hiring a home care worker to assist your family, if he or she is not part of a reputable, recognized, licensed and/ or insured agency.   Having a non-medical home care worker who is not only able to assist with personal care and home care needs, but who is certified in CPR or other medical training is an added bonus and more reason to hire a home care worker today for your senior aged loved one.  Many home care workers are part of an agency.

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Assisted Living San Jose

Find senior assisted living in san joseSan Jose assisted living communities have seniors living well into their golden ages.  The colorful lobby of the newly renovated complex was just what I had been looking for while shopping through my choices to help my mom to live a safer, happier senior life.  It felt more like an up-scale apartment complex than that which anyone would believe was an assisted living facility.  The café offered nice, light lunch-time meals and the restaurant was serving chef-inspired dishes.  All of the apartment-style rooms were equipped with a kitchenette and apartment-sized refrigerator.  This place was in fact nice than the house I had grown up in and that my mother currently was having a hard time living in alone.  I guess it was a false impression that I had of an assisted living facility feeling more like a hospital or facility than a home.  I was pleasantly surprised how the residents knew all of the staff on a first name basis and the staff seemed to be just as engaged with the residents.  It didn’t seem to be at all an assisted living care worked and client relationship, but more so seemed like friendships built on trust and mutual respect.  The outside of the assisted living community was landscaped and looked like a pretty flower garden with bright flowers and greenery.  It was an enjoyable place to sit and read or chat with a neighboring assisted living resident.  My mom has been so lonely in her big home all alone; this will be the perfect place for her to maintain her independence while meeting new people in a similar situation and life stage.  I think that I am probably not alone in the impression that assisted living communities are more like a facility.  Until you have visited one, you aren’t really able to form an opinion about what is out there.

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Home care New York

Quality New York Home CareA few things around a senior’s home may need attention.  Thank goodness for New York home care services like housecleaning and home repair.  Seniors who are otherwise unable to care for their home as they may have been able to previously will have the ability to take pride in their home with the assistance that home care can provide.  Many seniors will not ask for help and family members may need to recognize the signs that home care is now a necessity.

Signs that senior needs home care services:

  1. Home is messy, cluttered and dirty
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