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Memory Care vs. Assisted Living: What's the Difference?

 

So, just what is the difference between assisted living and memory care?

Our memory care experts here at Marjorie P. Lee (MPL) are often asked this question. Usually, it's by people whose senior loved ones have recently been diagnosed with dementia or begun to show signs of memory loss, who are considering placement and don't know what care options are available to them in Cincinnati.

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Mom Had a Stroke. Does She Need Assisted Living?

If your mother has recently had a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions. Will she recover? Can she go home? Does she need assisted living? Will I have to put her in a nursing home? It’s a difficult and frightening time—especially if you’ve been acting as her primary caregiver.

You want to make sure that mom has the level of care she needs, but, after the stroke, you’re not sure what that means anymore. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take that can help you find your bearings.

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Your Grocery Habits May Not Be Doing Mom any Favors

Are you shopping right for the elderly diabetic in your life?

Type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with aging, causes cells to become resistant to insulin, a hormone that allows them to take in glucose for energy. Since the cells cannot utilize starches effectively, the right foods help reduce sugar levels in the blood. Controlling what a person eats starts at the grocery store. If you’re in charge of shopping for a diabetic parent in a Cincinnati assisted living community, help your parent stay on track by shopping smart.

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How to Make Your Assisted Living Apartment Feel More Like Home

Depending on what you make of it, moving into an assisted living apartment can either be treated as a new adventure or signal the start of trying times. Any move can upset a familiar routine, it will likely be at least a short while before the new surroundings feel like "home, sweet home." But when you learn the tricks of individuals and families who move a lot, you can start making a new place feel like home quickly.

The best advice from these experienced movers is to pack a small "Survival Kit." The components of that kit will vary from one person to another, but the idea is the same.

Just as a child will fall asleep in peace while clutching a beloved stuffed animal, even seniors will benefit by having some sort of 'security blanket" readily available. A cherished reminder of the previous home is an antidote to the stress and anxiety of a move. Solace can come from a framed photo of children or grandchildren, a favorite tea cup and silver spoon, any memento of friends, family and lifestyle, or a cozy knitted throw to chase away the chill— both the physical kind and the emotional.

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Wave at Your Neighbors: Rebuilding Social Ties in Assisted Living

Many seniors have, at some point in their lives, felt the sting of social isolation or loneliness— which are actually two independent but related conditions. A person in a state of social isolation has minimal contact with other people while someone who is lonely experiences the negative feelings associated with perceived social isolation. In other words, social isolation is a state of being alone that can cause feelings of loneliness.

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How to Plan an Indoor Day That You’ll Cherish with the Grandkids

For most children, spending time with grandparents is a memorable experience, a time of relaxed rules and special treats that can be withheld from parents. The experience is priceless for seniors as well, even when the constant activity and boundless energy of young children can be exhausting. More rest cannot compete with the pleasures of having grandchildren around, even if you live in an assisted living apartment.

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5 Ways Homebound Seniors Can Stay Active This Season

Being active is essential for a happy and healthy life. Staying active is important for people of all ages but, if you are like most seniors, you sometimes find it difficult to come up with ways to stay active when bad weather keeps you indoors.

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10 Ways for Seniors to Enjoy Creativity Month in Cincinnati

With Creativity Month upon us, why not consider ways seniors can enjoy the wonders of the imagination? A 2009 report published in The American Journal of Public Health looked at how engagement in creative arts provides health benefits. Whether in an assisted care environment or just enjoying retirement, creativity stimulates cognitive processes, relieves stress and promotes healing. What are some ways a senior living in Cincinnati can reap the rewards of creativity?

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A Closer Look at Person-Centered Care

We talk a lot about our desire to provide "person-centered care." After all, it is an integral component of Episcopal Retirement Homes' mission statement. So naturally we often get asked about it. What is person-centered care? How does it differ from care elsewhere?

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10 Simple Steps toward More Stress-Free Retirement Living

Stress seems to be the epidemic of the modern world.

And while hearing an elementary-aged grandchild talk about the stress in life, it may be cause for smiles, but stress is no laughing matter. Chronic stress brought on by a diverse menu of causes adversely affects your physical health, mental well-being and, ultimately, your overall quality of life.

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