Articles About Resources for Those Caring for a Loved One With Dementia or Alzheimer's

A device for Parkinson’s disease

The benefits of Liftware. A device for Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s,  a  chronic  movement disorder, is a form of dementia that affects nearly one million people in the US. The development of the Liftware utensil, mentioned in Medscape’s article, may be doing a lot more for tremor sufferers than helping them eat. Neurologists are convinced that the technology within the device can be used to gauge and track a patient’s progress on certain medications. This will aid in diagnosing future PD and ET sufferers’ clinical tremor ratings, a process that currently requires expertise, is subjective, and are infrequently carried out. The device was used in conjunction with a panel of experts in tremor ratings and the scores had very little derivation which shows great promise. This device could be a real game changer for individuals battling parkinson’s. Although Sutton Homes does not currently provide these advanced utensils in their residential homes, they encourage families of their senior loved ones to look into its wonderful benefits.

 

Back to school, back to reality

 

As children go back to school, your full time role of caring for your loved one returns. Having the children home for the summer was such a big help with assisting with caring for your dear family member or friend. You find yourself appreciating even just a 10 minute run to the bank or store but now the demands of care, sleepless nights, stress, anxiety, and lack of balance are about to begin again as your help is goes back to school.

Most articles about caregiver burn out tell you to ask for help from others but what if there is no one else or if there are other family members, maybe they are to consumed with their own life to help out…. Believe it or not, your health is at risk too. If you allow your health to decline who will be there to care for your loved one?

Consider alternatives such as adult daycare, respite care, and a possible transition into assisted living for your loved one. Let me guess, you don’t think you can do that to your loved one? It’s such an emotional decision and what will people think or say? Your emotional feelings are similar to when you sent your own children off to school; relief, sadness, and concern. You are not alone and most people have the same emotions as you’re feeling right this very minute. Making the choice to move your loved one into assisted living even if just for respite care is a huge decision but know that you have options.

Take a few days to care for you too! Sutton Homes, like many other assisted living facilities offers respite care. Our homes are in upscale residential neighborhoods. Living in a home with familiar surroundings gives our residents a sense of peace and security that they might not have in other facilities. Your loved one can transition from “home to home” with ease. Click here to see a list of locations and virtual tours. We’re here to help you! Don’t wait for the next break from school for help. Contact us for your personal back to school break.

 

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Exercise and Health Benefit for those Living with Dementia

Our residents enjoy exercising in their secured landscaped yards. Chair aerobics has many health benefits including: improved mood, better sleep, maintenance of motor skills, and improved memory/behavior. For more information about Dementia and exercise, please read Dementia- activities and exercise.

The article offers several suggestions for those living with dementia on how to stay active. You will notice the article mentions the exact same activities Sutton Homes residents participate in for example, housework such as assisting with baking and folding laundry. Exercise activities does not have to be structured! Have fun, be creative, and stay active!

 

Sutton Homes Memory Care Residents enjoy the outdoors and stay active! Our Mt. Dora residents are participating in chair aerobics.

Sutton Homes Memory Care Residents enjoy the outdoors and stay active! Our Mt. Dora residents are participating in exercise.

Tax tip! You may be eligible to claim your parent as a dependent

It’s tax season again! If you contribute towards your parent’s assisted living, you may be eligible to claim him or her as a dependent. Here is a great tip from USAA Magazine regarding overlooked credits and write-offs for caregivers,  “Those supporting an aging parent may be able to claim the parent as a dependent even if the parent lives in his or her own home or in an assisted living facility. You must provide more than 50% of your parent’s support costs. If your parent is your dependent and you’re not married, you may also qualify for head of household filing status.”

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/usaa_2015spring/#/9

 

 

Social Work Month 2015!

March is National Social Work Month!  As mentioned in NASW News, “The initial idea of Social Work Month was to try to combat the widespread notion that social work was something anyone can do; or that it just involved people who were good Samaritans trying to help others.”

Copy link to read more: http://bit.ly/1DYVWTS

Don’t forget to thank a Social Worker for all they do to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Sutton Homes Social Work Month

Welcome to our newly updated website!

Sutton Homes is excited to announce the launch of our newly updated website, www.suttonhomes.com, to provide site visitors easy to find resources about our memory care homes and the most current and innovative information about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. Some new features include links to our photo gallery, social media pages, and a side-by-side comparison of Sutton Homes to other providers.

Recognizing the Important Job of Family Caregivers

Sutton Homes Memory Care Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month. We recognize all the important care that family provides. Should caregivers need a break to attend to personal needs or take a vacation, Sutton Homes provides overnight respite care for their loved ones. Call to reserve a spot at
407-740-8815.

Read the article Care Comes Home on www.caregiveraction.org for more information about the importance and value of Family Caregivers.

The article begins:

Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day …

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Avoid 5 Common Mistakes When Hiring a Caregiver

Caring for a loved one at home can be the right option for some families but having the right support is important. Here are some tips that might help make the search easier.

This recently published article in US News & World Report Money Section, is entitled 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Caregiver for Your Parent.

The article gives 5 common mistakes people make when hiring a caregiver, why they make them and how to avoid them.

It begins:

You can’t do it all, and when you realize that, you either hire someone else for the task or spread the work around. Or you just let it go.

But if part of doing it all is taking care of an aging parent, you can’t let it go, and spreading the work among family and friends may be impractical or impossible. Depending on the type of care your parent needs, you may not be able to do much, even if you have the time. So if you’re considering hiring an in-home caregiver for your mother, father or a relative, here are five common mistakes you should avoid.

1. Putting it off

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Helpful Article about Activities for People with Dementia

The article Activities For People With Dementia, by Jennifer Buckley, recently published on Caregiver.com contains a helpful, short list of easy and enjoyable ways to spend quality time with, and carry on conversation with people with dementia.

Some of these helpful suggestions include: reminiscing conversation using audio or visual aids to stimulate memory, singing and dancing and shared activities that stimulate the senses.

The article begins:

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events from their earlier years, but have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast the day before.

A while back, a family member asked me “what do you do with someone who can no longer carry on a normal conversation?” The short answer is “Relax and have fun.” The long answer would require writing a whole book. A short summary of some activities include the following…

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Tips for distance caregiving of elderly parents

daughter-aging-motherCaring for a loved one with dementia can be very challenging and overwhelming. Certainly many families manage the care effectively and creatively despite being miles away. When the care becomes too draining or your loved one’s safety is at risk, assisted living care is a great option. Sutton Homes Memory Care provides personalized safe assisted living care in a secure environment for anyone dealing with memory loss. Residents live in a real home in a real neighborhood. Call us today for a tour! 407-740-8815.

The Washington Post has some very helpful and useful tips for distance caregivers.

Caring for elderly parents from afar? Some tips

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.

Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help.

Caregiving has become “an unexpected second career” for many people in their 50s and 60s, says Tamar Shovali, who studies gerontology and teaches at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“And distance caregiving is really difficult,” she says.

Article originally published in The Washington Post.

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