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How Avalon Cultivates Family-Like Relationships

By the time a person gets to the point at which dementia care is typically required, he or she has spent years taking care of the family and community. At Avalon Memory Care, we firmly believe in giving back to the previous generation. Seniors with dementia deserve more than the usual, institutional setting of nursing homes—they deserve a home-like environment that cultivates close-knit communities. Our memory care locations accomplish this by housing our residents in cozy homes with common areas that mimic the look and design of living areas in any other home. Our residents get to know each other and their 24/7 caregivers closely, enabling a companionable, family-like community to develop naturally. When they need some space to themselves, our residents will find the comfort and privacy they deserve in their own spacious rooms, which they can furnish and decorate any way they wish. Our Alzheimer’s caregivers in Dallas, Houston and Arlington are exceptionally warm, compassionate individuals who look forward to meeting your family. Call Avalon Memory Care at (214) 752-7050 to request information about our approach to Alzheimer’s support.

By |2018-01-31T15:49:58+00:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Memory Care|0 Comments

Natural Disaster Preparedness for Families Affected by Alzheimer’s

Natural disasters can affect any state in the country, but many families are unprepared to deal with things like evacuation, sheltering in place, and handling the aftermath. If your family has a loved one in memory care, it is even more critical to have a disaster plan in place. First, know the types of disasters that could affect your area. Families in Dallas may encounter heat waves, flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and even the occasional earthquake. You can use this information to find solutions that will keep your loved one safe. Contact the assisted living location. If your loved one is receiving continuous care at an assisted living location, get in touch with the administrative staff to inquire about how natural disasters are handled. Find out what you need to do if an evacuation order is issued for your loved one’s area. Will the residents be relocated as a group, or will your family take the resident to a safer location? Identify evacuation destinations. If you will be evacuating your loved one, you will need to handle the agitation and confusion that may accompany sudden changes in routine and surroundings. It is preferable to evacuate to a family member’s or friend’s home in a safer zone, since evacuation shelters are not ideal environments for individuals with Alzheimer’s. Alternatively, your region may have special needs shelters available. Contact the appropriate municipal agency to find out where these shelters are, and to register in advance, if need be. Assemble the emergency supplies your loved one needs. Every family should have basic emergency supplies available, including potable water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, and a battery-operated radio. When a loved one needs continuous care because of Alzheimer’s disease, [...]

By |2018-01-31T10:41:28+00:00December 8th, 2017|Categories: Alzheimer's|0 Comments

Diagnosing Dementia

The process of diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can be complicated, since there is no single test available. However, having a diagnosis as early as possible is preferable, as it gives individuals time to explore their assisted living options. When you watch the accompanying video, you will hear about the steps in the diagnostic process. First, the doctor will start by conducting a thorough review of the individual’s medical history. The doctor will talk to the individual and his or her family members about the symptoms they have noticed. Medical tests can help rule out other possible causes. The doctor can also guide the individual through cognitive tests. Avalon Memory Care welcomes inquiries from individuals diagnosed with dementia who would like to begin planning for their long-term assisted living needs in Houston, Arlington and Dallas. Call (214) 752-7050 to request a tour of our beautiful, home-like memory care locations.

By |2018-01-31T16:35:48+00:00December 1st, 2017|Categories: Dementia|0 Comments

Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s? Here is What You Should Know About Clinical Trials

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 [...]

By |2018-01-31T16:42:47+00:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Alzheimer's|0 Comments

What Our Residents Love About Avalon Memory Care

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.

By |2018-01-31T16:54:47+00:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Avalon Memory Care|0 Comments

Core Elements of Quality Alzheimer’s Care

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 [...]

By |2018-01-31T11:04:35+00:00November 9th, 2017|Categories: Alzheimer's|0 Comments

Visit Your New Home at Avalon Memory Care

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.

By |2018-01-31T16:55:33+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Avalon Memory Care|0 Comments

How Avalon Memory Care Prevents Wandering

For people in need of Alzheimer’s care, wandering is a major safety concern. Wandering is occurs in six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s, even in early stages of the disease, but it can become more dangerous as the disease progresses. Part of our Alzheimer’s care services at Avalon Memory Care is dedicated to preventing wandering so that families can feel confident that their loved ones are safe in our homes. At Avalon Memory Care, we provide 24-hour security and have staff on hand around the clock. Our customized security systems are designed to ensure that residents remain safely in our homes without feeling restricted. We also have secured outdoor spaces so our residents can enjoy time outside safely. We work carefully to reduce the triggers for wandering as well by making sure that our residents feel safe, engaged, and are having all of their personal needs met. Avalon Memory Care is dedicated to providing compassionate, continuous care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and to working closely with families, so they can feel confident their loved ones are in good hands. Contact us today at (214) 752-7050 to find out more about our Alzheimer’s care in Dallas, Houston and Arlington.

By |2018-01-31T16:56:04+00:00October 13th, 2017|Categories: Avalon Memory Care|0 Comments

The Importance of Positive Environments For Memory Care Residents

If you have a loved one who needs memory care for Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, his or her environment can have a significant impact on his or her overall well-being. Maintaining a positive environment is soothing and helps people receiving memory care learn new ways to navigate their worlds. Here is a closer look at the value of positive environments and how you can help your loved one feel at peace. What impact does the environment have on seniors with memory issues? When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, a once-familiar environment can suddenly seem foreign. People and places become unfamiliar, which can be scary and confusing. When that environment is overloaded with loud noises, yelling, frustration and chaos, it can be even more alarming. A person who feels disoriented and unsure of his or her surroundings will become agitated and fearful. This fear and agitation can lead to dangerous behaviors. For instance, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may wander if he or she feels unsafe, or he or she may become physically aggressive in response to perceived threats. A chaotic environment also increases depression and anxiety. What makes an environment positive for someone in memory care? Memory care homes that are positive look like inviting homes instead of cold facilities. They typically have small groups of residents and maintain a daily schedule of meals, activities and bed. They welcome families for visits, and they involve residents in the running of the home. Medication management, bedside care, and other services are provided with patients and compassion. The more closely a memory care home mirrors a typical home, the more comfortable residents will feel. At Avalon Memory Care, we pride [...]

By |2018-01-31T16:52:53+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Memory Care|0 Comments

Welcome to Our Cedar Park/Austin Memory Care Home

Families affected by Alzheimer’s disease prefer that their loved ones live in a home-like setting, while being cared for by genuinely compassionate professionals. The search for a superior approach to Alzheimer’s care often leads them to Avalon Memory Care in Austin/Cedar Park. This location features beautiful, peaceful landscaping and cozy homes for our close-knit community. Our dedicated husband and wife team of Ray and Charlotte Atkinson look after our residents. Ray and Charlotte have extensive experience with the challenges of dementia care, and Charlotte is a licensed registered nurse. Residents can choose a private suite or a semi-private, companion suite. Gathering in the common areas, strolling along the grounds, and sharing a nutritious, gourmet meal with the other residents provides invaluable social opportunities. Each of our residents can choose from a full schedule of meaningful activities that enhance quality of life. The families we serve choose Avalon Memory Care because of our commitment to maintaining the dignity and high standard of living of each of our residents. Call (214) 752-7050 to request information about our nursing care for individuals with dementia in Dallas or Austin/Cedar Park.

By |2018-01-31T16:56:55+00:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Avalon Memory Care|0 Comments