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.
Beloved relatives who live in assisted living locations always benefit from visits with their family, even if they cannot remember the names of their loved ones. The need for social connectivity is a basic human instinct, and socialization is considered therapeutic in Alzheimer’s care. To make your visit with your loved one more meaningful, you can become familiar with the dos and do nots of interacting during the latter stages of Alzheimer’s. Arriving at the Memory Care Home Verbal communication becomes less effective and impactful during the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease. When you visit, bring meaningful items that will stimulate the senses. Bring a CD with your loved one’s favorite song, a plate of baked treats prepared with family recipes, or a family photo album. Try to plan your visit for the morning hours, when your loved one will be less likely to be agitated. Introducing Yourself Assume that your loved one will not remember your name. As you approach him or her, try to keep yourself in his or her field of vision. Use your loved one’s name and introduce yourself. You could say, “Aunt Sarah, it is so nice to see you! I am Becky.” Having a Meaningful Conversation As your loved one loses the power to communicate through speech, the nonverbal cues he or she uses become more important. If you cannot understand what your loved one is trying to say, ask him or her to gesture or point. You should continue to speak to your loved one in regular language, without resorting to “baby talk,” but do use short, simple sentences. Keep your tone of voice positive, show your love with a smile and offer a comforting touch. Avalon Memory [...]
Each September, countries around the globe recognize World Alzheimer’s Month. This annual campaign was first started in 2012 for the purpose of raising awareness of this disease and fighting against the stigma of dementia. Whether your loved one is currently receiving dementia care or has already passed on, there are plenty of impactful ways you can honor him or her during World Alzheimer’s Month. Raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Use credible websites and books to become better informed of Alzheimer’s disease. Use your social media profiles, if applicable, to help spread the word about the warning signs of dementia and the importance of an early diagnosis. Consider organizing a public educational event. You could approach your local library about using a public meeting room there, and then invite speakers to talk to the public about Alzheimer’s. Spread the word at the workplace. This September, arrange a casual dress day at your office, and encourage everyone to wear something purple in honor of World Alzheimer’s Month. If you are an employer, consider joining the Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance, which is comprised of nearly 2,000 companies dedicated to raising awareness and improving work/life balance for family caregivers. Become an advocate for Alzheimer’s research. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s—yet. Join thousands of others in raising your voice in support of funding the crucial research that may one day lead to a cure. Call your Congressional representatives, start and sign petitions, and request one-on-one meetings with elected officials to urge them to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research. Join your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association bring together families affected by Alzheimer’s. They connect families to resources and support, and in turn, families often contribute to [...]