After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you have a lot of decisions to make. You will need to make arrangements for long-term care, and consider your treatment options. Alzheimer’s disease is not currently curable, although top-notch memory care locations can support the quality of life and overall health of the residents. It might be years before you need to move to an assisted living location, as Alzheimer’s progresses slowly. In the meantime, consider becoming a participant in a clinical trial to advance scientific knowledge of this devastating disease. Your participation may play a part in finding a cure someday. Purpose of Clinical Trials The primary purpose of clinical trials is to find new treatment options for the disease. These may include drugs intended to slow the progression of brain damage, halt the brain damage entirely, or manage the symptoms more effectively. During any clinical trial, the researchers focus on the treatment’s safety profile and effectiveness. Only drugs that are proven effective and have a favorable safety profile can be approved for use in the U.S. Types of Clinical Trials There is a slight difference between clinical trials and clinical studies. Clinical trials only test the effectiveness and safety of medications or other medical interventions. Clinical studies involve people too, but they may research other aspects of the disease. Diagnostic studies look for more effective and accessible ways of diagnosing Alzheimer’s as early as possible. Prevention studies are aimed at looking for new ways of preventing Alzheimer’s. And quality of life studies examine ways of improving quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Participants in Clinical Trials People who join clinical trials after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease generally do so because they recognize [...]
Seniors have spent a lifetime in service to others. When it is time for others to serve them, families turn to Avalon Memory Care. Although nothing can ever truly replace a senior’s family home, we make every effort to ensure that moving to our memory care locations is like coming home. Our residents love living here because their every need is taken care of by people who genuinely respect and care for them. We know that behind the symptoms of dementia lies a cherished individual who is someone’s mother, father, sibling or grandparent, and we care for our residents as if they were our own family. In addition to the beautiful and peaceful surroundings, our residents love our memory care homes because they truly do offer all the comforts of home. Our chefs prepare delicious, homemade meals that can be adjusted to any dietary need. In addition, our residents enjoy a full schedule of meaningful activities that support their quality of life and cognitive function. Find out for yourself what makes Avalon Memory Care unique. You can call (214) 752-7050 when it is time to discuss mental health care for a loved one with dementia in Dallas, Houston and Arlington.
As time passes, Alzheimer’s disease erodes a person’s memories and robs him or her of a self-identity. Regardless of the extent to which an individual is disabled and dependent because of this disease, he or she is just as deserving of respect and compassion as anyone else. The following core elements of high-quality Alzheimer’s support can serve as an assessment tool for families who are looking for an assisted living home for their loved ones. Soothing Environment Large, institutional buildings are not appropriate settings for individuals with Alzheimer’s. The harsh glare of overly bright lights, maze of hallways, and décor befitting a hospital only serve to confuse and overwhelm these people. Instead, seniors should be able to live comfortably within a specialized memory care location that mimics a normal home as much as possible. A soothing environment allows residents to live out their days with the dignity they deserve. Meaningful Activities A person’s work, interests and hobbies give him or her a sense of purpose. Meaningful activities are not merely “busy work,” but rather they are any activities that a resident genuinely finds joy in. High-quality Alzheimer’s care locations give their residents daily opportunities for social connectivity and mental stimulation. Family Relationships No family should ever need an appointment to visit their loved one. High-quality assisted living homes maintain an open door policy for their residents’ family and friends. Families should feel free to visit as often as they wish to enjoy the company of their loved ones in a peaceful setting, or to share a meal together. Caregiver Engagement One of the most important elements of quality care is the caregiver. Memory caregivers should be highly trained and skillful individuals, but also genuinely compassionate [...]
In past years, families in need of Alzheimer’s care for their loved ones had few choices other than an institutional home. Avalon Memory Care knows seniors deserve better. Our model of respectful, dignified continuous care is reflected in the design of our residential homes. Take a virtual tour of your loved one’s new home by watching this featured video. Notice the beautiful stone exterior of our homes, as well as the elegant furniture and decorative greenery inside. The common areas of the home feature well-cushioned armchairs, wall-mounted TVs, and a beautiful décor that individuals with Alzheimer’s find soothing. You will not find any institutional cafeterias here. Our residents enjoy homemade meals with the company of their friends in our cozy dining room. After you take a virtual tour of our memory care locations in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, call us at (214) 752-7050 to request an in-person tour of our peaceful grounds and comfortable homes. Avalon Memory Care is committed to nothing less than the complete satisfaction, safety and well-being of each of our residents.