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Is Companion Living For Me?

One of the toughest barriers to overcome when making the decision to transition to assisted or independent living as a senior is the anxiety of change. Most seniors have lived in the same home for more than 40 or 50 years. The thought of moving to an unfamiliar environment where they may not know any of the other residents can become very overwhelming; and sometimes creates feelings of loneliness for most seniors.

Senior housing communities have identified that companion living can be the best way to reduce feelings of loneliness and anxiety, and helps them focus on the joys of senior living. Companion living is emotional support and companionship for seniors that brings to residents with common backgrounds together to share a suite.

 

I have lived independently for year… or I have only lived with my spouse… is companion living really for me?

 

Top 8 Benefits of Companion Living

 

  1. Seamless Transition – Moving to an assisted or independent living community is easier when you have a roommate to welcome you with open arms.
  2. A Bond Like No Other – Companion living create friendships and social bonds while in a senior community.

  3. Reduces Cost – Sharing an apartment can save on the cost of a private suite
  4. Shared Interest – Seniors are paired with like-minded roommates who have similar interest in hobbies and activities.
  5. Enhanced Quality of Life – Companion living helps to relive stress, isolation, and depression that sometimes occurs when seniors transition into senior living.
  6. Encourages Socialization – Having a roommate encourages seniors to participate in activities, wellness classes, and outings.
  7. Help and Support – Roommates naturally begin to care and look after each other. Typically one roommate will help the others weakness where they may be generally more strong.
  8. Grows Extended Family – Roommates develop close, almost family-like relationships with their suitemates as well as their friends and family members that visit.

 

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Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that overtime will destroy memory and thinking skills. This disorder is irreversible and is most commonly first identified around the mid-60 age range. Alzheimer’s disease causes physical changes to important brain cells called neurons. When these neurons begin to change it makes it difficult for messages to be created and sent from one brain cell to another.

When the once-healthy neurons eventually stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons, they will eventually die off. The plaques and tangles that begin to grow then begin to spread and develop in predictable patterns within the brain. The plaque and tangles eventually covers areas of the brain that are vital for memory functionality before spreading to other regions.

The symptoms and progress of Alzheimer’s disease vary from person to person, that is because the disease can affect different parts of the brain. Different parts of the brain may have different progression rates which is why Alzheimer’s disease normally progresses in three stages. The rate at which a person will progress through the stages can take anywhere from two years to over twenty years.

 

Three Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

First Stage: Forgetfulness

At this stage a person may or may not be aware that they’re having difficulties. Typically at this stage a person can use notes or reminders to help them navigate through their day to day activities. You will notice that persons experiencing first stage forgetfulness will have a routine or schedule keep tasks simple.

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Are You Experiencing Caregiver Stress?

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The stresses of being a caregiver can be overwhelming. The process often involves a great sacrifice of energy, time, and sometimes finances. A caregiver is usually defined as someone who provides unpaid care to another, who requires assistance with the activities of daily living. A typical caregiver in the U.S. is a middle aged woman, who spends an average of 20 hours a week providing care. These caregivers typically find themselves needing to leave work early, go into work late, or take time off during their work week to care for their loved one.

The task of caregiving can cause physical and emotional pain such as illness, body aches, headaches, and depression. It may also cause financial stress when having to pay for care services such as in-home care, senior centers, and meals for that individual.

If the demands of caregiving is left unattended, it can affect your well-being, relationships, and even your mental state, which ultimately leads to burnout. Learning to recognize the signs of caregiver stress can be the first step in getting the support that you need to be a healthier caregiver.

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Elder Care Comparison: Assisted Living Facility

Senior adults in a stretching classWhen faced with the task of finding appropriate elder care options, many families become overwhelmed with making decisions about the best living situation for their loved one. Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are a great choice for those who can’t live on their own, but do not need nursing care.  ALF communities offer care services that are provided by trained staff who are available 24 hours a day. These services include medications, bathing, dressing and grooming, incontinence care, and assistance with mobility. Most floor plans vary from studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and shared apartments. Other amenities may include a beauty salon, library, swimming pool, a theater room and much more. 

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Elder Care Comparison: In-Home Care

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When faced with the task of finding appropriate elder care options, many families become overwhelmed with making decisions about the best living situation for their loved one. If given the choice, most seniors would choose to remain at home for as long as possible. When we are feeling ill, most of us ask to be at home because we appreciate the comfort of our residence and the satisfaction of remaining independent. 

There are many benefits with in-home care and the benefits can be separated into two different options.

Skilled Care requires the involvement of skilled nursing staff such as a licensed nurse of licensed therapist, and must be ordered by a physician. Services may include medication management, wound care, physical, speech, or occupational therapy, etc. Medicare pays for skilled care services if eligible.

Non-Skilled Care is provided by a certified nursing assistant or a home health aide and does not require a physician order. Services may include cleaning, laundry, preparing meals, etc. Non-Skilled Care is not covered by Medicare; private pay or long-term care insurances are the two primary forms of payment.

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