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Seven Memory Care Center Warning Signs

All memory care centers aren’t created equal. In fact, according to Kansas Advocates for Better Care executive director Mitzi McFatrich, “There are no consistent standards for memory care.”

The takeaway: Finding a trustworthy community can make a significant difference in the quality of life for your aging loved one. Wondering what to be aware of during the selection process? Keep an eye out for these seven red flags while touring prospective memory care centers.

 

 

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Bingocize Gets ECH Residents Moving

Photograph by Gary Kessler

Seniors playing bingo is a common stereotype of retirement communities. But here at Episcopal Church Home senior living community in Louisville, we do bingo a little bit differently.

Twice a week, ECH residents participate in a program called Bingocize®, which strategically integrates exercise and health education into a fun game of bingo regardless of participants’ background, physical or intellectual abilities. 

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Feeling Guilty for Moving Mom Into Memory Care? Use These Coping Strategies

In a perfect world, our elderly loved ones would be able to stay in their cherished homes forever. In the world in which we live, however, this is not always safe or realistic — particularly when you factor in the cognitive changes that accompany Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Still, feelings of guilt are natural when it comes to deciding to move a parent into a memory care community such as Episcopal Church Home. Here are five tips aimed at helping you cope with these emotions and move forward in the most mutually beneficial way.

 

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How Does the Cost of Senior Living Compare to the Cost of Aging in Place?

Aging isn’t cheap, especially when you factor in everything from healthcare to living arrangements. In particular, many families don’t think they can afford senior living communities.

As it turns out, however, aging in place comes with its own set of financial challenges — many of which are unknown and therefore left out of the planning process.

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4 Little-Known Benefits Of Living In A Retirement Community

Do you think of retirement communities as a last resort? Whether for a parent, grandparent or any other elderly loved one, you may assume that you should try to keep them out of a retirement community for as long as possible. Even if you have no choice but to move them into one, it’s common to feel a sense of shame or guilt.

In fact, not only is there nothing wrong with moving your parents or other family members into a retirement community, but it also may be the best way to help them remain social, active and healthy.

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Why ECH is One of Louisville's Best Places to Work

This year marked a milestone for Episcopal Church Home: We won one of Louisville Business First’s Best Places to Work in Greater Louisville Awards, after we were nominated for the first time.

We were honored to receive this recognition because it didn’t just come from Business First — it came from our own staff. An independent firm surveyed employees throughout Greater Louisville about workplace policies, office conditions, management styles and more, and ECH was one of 22 companies and nonprofits that scored high enough employee engagement to make Business First’s Best Places to Work list.

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What To Say To An Elderly Loved One Who Doesn't Want To Move

A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s in an elderly loved one can feel overwhelming — and so can the prospect of moving them from their own home into a memory care community.

And it only becomes more difficult if your parent doesn’t want to move, whether because they don’t think they need to or simply don’t want to leave their home. You can’t just leave them where they are if they’re unable to care for themselves, but you also don’t want to force them into such a big decision.

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The Pros and Cons of Aging In Place

Of all the decisions you make with your parents, few carry more weight than the choice of elder care. The better you are at finding a safe and comfortable elder care solution for your parents, the easier it is for them to stay healthy and happy for the rest of their lives.

One big decision you’ll likely face is whether to move your parents into independent living, personal care or memory care or allow them to age in place. In making this decision, you and your parents need to consider all the pros and cons of aging in place:

 

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How You Can Spend Quality Time with a Parent with Memory Loss

Family caregivers of seniors with moderate to severe memory loss often struggle to define "meaningful, quality time" with their older loved ones.

How do you communicate with an elder whose mind is being ravaged by Alzheimer's dementia? Do they even know that you're there, let alone know how you feel about them?

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Louisville, Raising Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Doesn't Have to End in June

In June, you may have seen people in Louisville wearing a lot of purple. That’s because it was Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, an annual effort to raise funds for dementia and brain research, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

Every summer, the Alzheimer's Association and participants ask folks to #GoPurple to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The need never ceases for critical dementia and neurological research funding.

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