The importance of Routine

Are you are recently supporting someone with Dementia and or  Alzheimer’s disease?  You may find it difficult to know how to help and how much to help. Sometimes they need help but want to look after personal care independently. This can be frustrating, especially when you know you could carry out the task more quickly, or help do the task more efficiently. Avoid the temptation to take over, even if they is really struggling. The loss of confidence could make it harder  to keep trying. Use these techniques to help you and your loved one manage every day life tasks:

 

  1.  Try breaking the task down into sections. (even if one or two tasks are completed, they will feel a sense of achievement)
  2. Make sure that any reminders or instructions are simple.
  3. Try doing things together, such as folding clothes or drying dishes.
  4. Make sure they doesn’t feel the sense of  being supervised or criticized in any way.
  5. When the dementia gets to a more advanced stage, try pointing, demonstrating, or guiding an action rather than giving a verbal explanation. (prompting)

Elder Placement Professionals can assist you with finding the best and most suitable situation for you loved one if they are suffering from Dementia and or Alzheimer’s.  Call us today to tour available facilities.

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Happy New Year 2020!

Happy Fun Fact  from Elder Placement Professionals!

Fact: Did you know that celebrating the New Year has been a tradition for over 4000 years?

Also, did you know that over 2,000 pounds of glitter are dropped every year in Times Square?

Elder Placement Professionals would like to share a little sparkle with you and wish you the happiest of New Years. Cheers to Health, Wealth and Happiness!

 

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“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family” – Lee Iacocca

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Happy Holidays 2019

So many Holiday Traditions are cherished by seniors. After speaking to some clients these were some of their most favorites:

  1. Hanging stockings- filling them with fruit and chocolate coins
  2. Chopping down a Christmas Tree
  3. Lighting a Yule Log
  4. Dad dressing up as Santa
  5. Running a toy train around the tree
  6. Stringing a popcorn or cranberry garland
  7. Christmas Caroling
  8. Getting dressed up for Christmas
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Ways to spend the Holidays with your Senior

 

Accommodating everyone’s needs, and wishes while bringing together friends and loved ones for  the holidays, does not have to be as stressful as it sounds.

With planning, and a willingness to be creative, helping your senior loved ones enjoy the holidays with you can be easy!

 

  1. Drive around and look at holiday lights
  2. If your senior is in a facility already, bring holiday festivities to them
  3. Bake Holiday cookies together; giving up the skill of cooking can be hard for a senior
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Happy Fun Fact from Elder Placement Professionals!

I recently had an interesting conversation with an Audiologist. I was astounded to learn that seniors have a 2-5 times higher chance of falling and Mental Decline associated with hearing loss.. Hearing Loss can lead to depression Withdrawal from social engagements Anger Loss of Self Esteem Contact Elder Placement Professionals to discuss options for your loved one; wether it be placement in a loving community or just a referral to a local Audiologist.

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Here is another Fun Fact from Elder Placement Professionals!

 

Fact: Senior Citizens should re-evaluate their Medical Insurance Policies every two or three years to ensure they have the best coverage available. Check with your local Insurance Agency today!

 

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Happy Fun Fact from Elder Placement Professionals!

Fact: These are the current top 10 “Scams” that elders can fall victim to:

1. Medicare/Health Insurance Scams

2. Counterfeit Rx Drugs

3.Funeral/Cemetery Scams

4.Fraudulent Anti Aging products

5. Telemarketing/phone scams

6.Internet Fraud

7.Investment Schemes

8. Homeowner/Reverse Mortgage

9. Sweepstakes/Lottery Winnings

10.The “Grandparent” Scam

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Ensuring a Safe & Secure Future: an Interview with Susan Polk Insurance

Ensuring a Safe & Secure Future: an Interview with Susan Polk Insurance

San Luis Obispo assisted living

We recently had the privilege of speaking with the insurance specialists at Susan Polk Insurance to offer insight on how people can prepare themselves for the time that they or a loved one may need to make the transition from independent living to care services. Many people, it seems, feel that preparing for that kind of transition is either not urgent or not even necessary.

Here’s a highlight from the interview addressing the most important question when it comes to what kind of care an elder in transition is going to need:

“What are their medical needs and what’s their budget? Do they want to keep cooking, cleaning, or driving, and what area they want to live in?… Obviously when I start to get a closer look at at them personally and I understand the kind of life they’re used to living, I want to get them in a similar quality of life. But truly the most important aspect of this stage of their life is care.”

To learn more about some of the issues related to eler care and transitioning, read the full article at https://www.susanpolk.com/2019/06/10/elders-transitioning-long-term-care-5-questions-with-nicole-pazdan/

 

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