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The Value of Consistent Caregivers

Seeing the same caregivers on a regular basis
improves quality of care and quality of life for aging seniors.

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A Familiar Face

When you’re relying on someone for personal care, there’s nothing better than seeing a friendly face. At Avendelle, it’s essential to us that our residents feel comfortable asking for help whenever they need it. We understand that the bond built between seniors and caregivers has the power to uplift, empower, and encourage. That’s why we keep caregivers as consistent as possible in our homes instead of rotating them between locations or relying on agencies to fill positions. At Avendelle, our residents know their housemates and their caregivers, so there’s always a friendly face when it’s time to ask for help.

An Established Dialogue

It’s an unfortunate reality that communication challenges can be a barrier to care. By promoting caregiver consistency, Avendelle gives caregivers the opportunity to observe residents over time. Thanks to established relationships, caregivers are better equipped to recognize behavior changes, notice subtle signs, and intervene early when new problems or conditions arise. This is key to medical care, but also to everyday living. If a resident starts behaving differently, a caring staff member can ask informed questions and make sure that the resident’s health, safety, and comfort are all where they need to be.

Comfort & Trust

We know that trust takes time to build and that you’ll likely be choosing a senior care solution before you’ve had time to establish trust. But you should know that building trust between our staff members, caregivers, residents, and their loved ones is core to our mission at Avendelle. When it comes to caregiver consistency, we are committed to seeing that our senior residents are receiving care at all times from caregivers they know and trust. Even when they’re just getting to know us, we pay close attention to ensure that your loved one is comfortable with his or her caregivers. We’re confident that, over time, the trust we build will lead to a higher standard of care and enhanced quality of life.

The Role of Routine

Providing consistent, compassionate caregivers is just one way that we prioritize consistency at Avendelle. But our commitment to predictable care goes beyond which caregivers are interacting with your loved one. The way in which care is delivered is also significant. Following a routine can have an enormous impact on seniors, making the experience of each day more positive. The value of predictability is even higher if memory loss or dementia becomes a factor. Our caregivers establish individualized routines for each of our residents, giving a much-appreciated rhythm to the day. Flexibility is built in, of course! We see the benefits play out every day in each of our homes.

Benefits of a daily routine for seniors include:

  • Better Sleep
  • Reduced Stress, Anxiety, Disorientation, and Confusion
  • An Improved Sense of Safety & Security
  • Less Disruption when New Caregivers Step In
  • Reduced Sundowning for those with Alzheimer’s

To us, following a routine means doing the same basic activities around the same time every day to give the day structure and a predictable flow. We still maintain flexibility in case seniors want to try a new activity or visit with loved ones.

A Caregiving Team that Values Consistency

As you can see, Avendelle is a team that values consistency at all levels. We’ve found that seeing the same caregivers on a regular basis improves not only quality of care, but also quality of life for aging seniors. When your loved one lives in an Avendelle home, you can rest easy knowing that there’s always a friendly face nearby to help. To learn more about assisted living at Avendelle’s residential care homes, request more information today.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Memory Care

Memory Care is already available in some Avendelle assisted living homes
and will soon be integrated into others.

What is Memory Care?

Memory care is a specialized type of skilled nursing that helps seniors cope with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other memory problems. It is a comprehensive approach that includes modifying the physical layout and security of the residence2, daily routines, structured activities or programs, specialized social & therapeutic programming, brain fitness & memory games, and specialty food programs1. At Avendelle, memory care1 is already available in some of our assisted living homes and will soon be integrated into others.

How is Memory Care delivered?

It’s important to know that Avendelle is an array of small residences, many of which provide memory care1, rather than a memory care community. While not all our assisted living locations are equipped for memory care1, those that are deliver it within an environment that also provides individualized attention, the comfort of home, and the peace of mind that comes with around-the-clock care. We work with dementia experts to make our homes easy to navigate2 and to reduce the risk of danger from wandering. The specialized caregivers involved in memory care have received professional care provider training and certification. Though requirements vary from state to state, our commitment to an outstanding quality of care is consistent across Avendelle’s network of assisted living locations.

What does Memory Care address?

When discussing Memory Care, you’re referring to a particular approach to concerns stemming from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The areas commonly covered in professional dementia training include:

  • Memory Loss Conditions
  • Care Strategies
  • Communication
  • Understanding Behavior
  • Social Needs
  • Nutrition
  • Pain Reduction
  • Falls
  • Wandering
  • End-of-Life Care

Whether you ultimately choose a professional facility or family caregiving for your parent or loved one, make sure that all individuals providing care have received training in these areas. With the right knowledge, caregivers can prevent accidents, promote effective communication, establish healthy routines, and minimize the stress and anxiety felt by everyone involved.

When is Memory Care needed?

Due to the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, the presence of one of these conditions means your loved one will almost certainly require specialized care. In the early stages of dementia, seniors can typically manage day-to-day life independently. Once a senior has progressed to the later stages of memory loss, a higher level of skill and supervision will be needed. Assisted living homes address these needs very well, affording independent living space with care and assistance available around the clock. Thanks to specialized training, Avendelle locations offering Memory Care1 are equipped to meet the evolving needs of residents with dementia, including by providing mental stimulation, diminishing potential causes of stress, and enhancing the safety of the home2.

Memory Care at Avendelle

Memory Care services are being rolled out in Avendelle’s residential care homes one at a time. If memory care is a concern or a priority for your loved one, be sure to mention this right up front so that we can help you evaluate homes where this type of care is available. Since both our care and our homes can be tailored to individual residents’ needs, we’re well equipped to implement interventions wherever they’re needed. The cost of memory care at Avendelle1 is unique as well. Thanks to our all-inclusive pricing model, memory care services are simply factored into the total price. There are no surprises, and you’ll always know what to expect.

To inquire about Memory Services at Avendelle residential care homes, request more information today.

 

1 – Availability varies by location; please inquire for details.
2 – Home Features vary by location.

Are you putting off assisted living?

It’s hard for family caregivers to know when it’s the right time for assisted living. 
Consider these factors for an easier transition.

The decision to move your parent or loved one into an assisted living home could be one of the hardest you’ll ever have to make. For many caregivers, it’s an impossible decision and one that doesn’t get made until you’ve found yourself in an impossible situation. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of family caregiving, however, is well known. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your aging loved one is to consider the possibilities – genuinely and openly – before the toll of caregiving becomes too high. This will allow you to ask the right questions, weigh the best options, and maximize your enjoyment of your loved one as they transition through the stages of elderly care.

A Labor of Love

Lucky are those families whose aging loved ones find, declare, and set away funds for their own end-of-life care. Unfortunately, those families are also few and far between. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, more than 34 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in 2014. Millions of Americans are providing informal care to their parents and other aging loved ones because they believe it’s the only loving or practical solution. A labor of love, however, is still labor.

As Long As Possible

Many family caregivers declare the intention to provide care only for as long as it makes sense.

What they don’t anticipate is just how hard it is to know when a loved one has crossed the line to needing a level of care that’s more than you or your family can provide. When it comes to aging, everything is a progression. The demands begin manageably with running errands, keeping an eye on prescriptions, and helping around the house. When big changes take place, like new medical conditions or the loss of mobility, you notice. However, the caregiver can easily become the proverbial frog in the pot of water. Without a long-term plan that relieves you of your role as primary caregiver, it can all become too much, to the detriment to both yourself and your aging loved one.

How is the coping going?

When do the risks of keeping an aging senior at home outweigh the benefits? It’s impossible to know the precise moment. By keeping your eye on a few key areas, however, you can notice the red flags indicating the heat is on and going nowhere but up. We’re going to challenge you to evaluate many of these factors — not just for your loved one, but also for yourself. If you’re sacrificing your own well-being to meet a loved one’s needs, you’re likely over-taxing the system in a way that’s not sustainable.

Areas to watch out for:

Cleaning – Is your loved one living in a clean and healthy environment? Have homekeeping tasks taken a backseat to caregiving tasks in your home?

Money – Are your loved one’s bills being paid? Are your own? Are you compromising your budget to provide care?

Medication – Are medications being taken as prescribed? Are you considering taking medicine to offset the impact of caregiving activities?

Food – Nutrition is essential for everyone. Are you both eating often enough and avoiding unhealthy foods? Are meals being rushed or skipped?

Personal Hygiene – In addition to cleanliness, this includes self-care. Are both of you maintaining healthy habits? Are you sleeping?

Clothing – Does your loved one look disheveled? Are they changing clothes each day and dressing appropriately?

Mobility – Is your loved one able to move about to the degree they want or need?

Accidents – Are falls or wandering becoming more common? Do you worry you’re unable to provide the supervision your loved one needs?

Hobbies & Socializing – Socialization is vital throughout the aging process. Is your loved one getting out or taking visitors? Are you keeping in touch with other important people in your life?

Be honest.

Here’s another one that’s not often applied to both caregiver and senior. Successful caregiving requires honesty, both with yourself and with your loved one. The first thing to be honest about is that there will likely be a point when you and your support system can no longer reliably address all the needs of your aging parent. This may be a painful reality to share, but once you’ve both accepted it, you can move on to honestly discussing other options. At that point, it’s essential to know that you’re not forced to find the best among a bunch of bad options. Your loved one deserves a wonderful place that feels like home, and you should be looking for and expecting nothing less. Once you’re on the same page about what’s possible, finding a long-term care option can become the enriching, quality-of-life-extending pursuit it’s meant to be.

Making Sure Your Senior Loved One Is Safe This Winter

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Senior Safety is paramount in winter.

This time of year can be especially dangerous for seniors because of slips and falls. Nearly three million American seniors suffer falls every year according to the CDC. Tragically, the number of seniors who lose their lives to unintentional falls is getting higher every year.

If you live in Texas, you may not see much ice and snow country as you will in North Carolina,  but even those who only get ice ever so often, there’s still no more dangerous time of the year for slips and falls than during winter no matter where you are and it pays to be prepared. As a concerned caregiver for the health of an older loved one it’s important to prevent slips and falls during the coldest months.

Here are some of the best strategies for protecting seniors against winter slips and falls:

Wear The Right Foot Wear

Winter boots aren’t just there to keep our feet warm. High-quality boots with winter-ready treads will provide superior grip compared to other footwear, helping lower the chance of a winter slip or fall for seniors. Wear good winter boots when walking outdoors during winter and make sure to check treads for signs of wear that might make them less effective.

Get A Helping Hand

Having a steady hand to hold can make all the difference when navigating snow and ice during the cold winter months. Even a short walk from the front door to the driveway can be made safer with the help of a sure-footed friend or family member.

Shovel Snowy Or Icy Porches, Walk Ways, And Drive Ways

Snow can present a fall risk during winter all on its own, but it becomes even more dangerous when it hides the ground underneath. If there’s enough snow, it could be easy to forget where your porch step starts and ends, or where certain everyday tripping risks are found. Remember that shoveling itself can also represent a fall risk, so if necessary, have a friend, a relative, or a professional perform the task for you.

Apply Salt Or Sand To Icy Walk Ways

Falls and slips during the winter months, ice is usually to blame. Even the most physically fit and stable among us are likely to find ourselves turned upside down by ice — if we’re not careful, even if we know it’s there. Try pouring sand over ice which can help give the surface more traction. Salt does the same and eats holes into the ice’s surface to break up slick surfaces. As with shoveling, salting and sanding can be a risky activity, so have someone lend a hand if need be.

Stop Indoor Puddles

Snow melt can turn into dangerous indoor puddles quickly. You can avoid this problem by installing winter mats, storing your boots and winter gear in an area that traps snow melt, and by immediately cleaning up any puddles that occur in your home.

Make Senior Fall Prevention A Priority Year Round

Even though winter is the most risky time of year for slips and falls, that doesn’t mean the risk doesn’t exist during warmer months. It’s important to practice fall-prevention year-round, taking steps like keeping risky areas well-lit, maintaining leg strength and balance, and trusting your body and instincts. By taking these precautions at all times, you and your loved ones you’ll be far better prepared when the snow and ice hits.

If falls have become the norm or have increased in severity, it may be time to discuss assisted living as an option.

At Avendelle, your loved one’s safety is paramount to us 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Is It Time For Your Loved One To Transition To Assisted Living? Here Are The Signs.

signs it's time for assisted living

You’re Not Alone.

Millions of Americans devote time and energy to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, in fact over 15 million.  And over time as things progress, the cost of caregiving may become very high. Family members and friends often find themselves unable to bear the burden of providing home health care without wearing too thin and suffering in the end themselves. It may be time to consider whether to move an elderly loved one into an assisted living home if their health and physical needs become too much to handle at home. We know it’s never an easy decision to move a family member. So here are some signs that you can look for to help you recognize when it’s the right time to make the move for their wellbeing.

Is the senior’s home safe?

Consider your senior family member’s mental and physical health. Are they truly safe in their home as a person with dementia? Do they have physical limitations which make their life hard for them such as getting dressed, taking their medications, getting to the shower and back to their bedroom or favorite chair?

It’s a tough family conversation to have but if your loved one’s physical abilities have deteriorated to the point that they are in danger and you taking care of them also puts you at risk, talking about moving them into an assisted living situation that will give you peace of mind because they aren’t constantly at risk and you are not putting yourself in jeopardy either is a great investment for all of you.

Does your aging loved one get easily agitated or more often?

Does your Mom or Dad get more agitated as the day progresses especially pronounced later in the day? This is a common characteristic of those with Alzheimer’s, called “Sundowner’s Syndrome”. The outbursts and fights that can come because of this can take a heavy toll on you, and when it begins to severely disrupt family routines, this may be a sign that the caregiving burden is becoming too much to bear. Aggression frequently happens in those with dementia, and caregivers or other family members may suffer or begin to feel resentful. If it’s damaging your family, it may be time to consider assisted living placement.

Does your loved one wander off?

Does your Mom or Dad wander off? In the later stages of dementia, the risk posed by wandering becomes much greater and the probability of falls and injuries increases as well. Many families remark how they weren’t gone for very long at all and came back to find Mom or Dad lost in the garage, outside, or gone and they have to file a missing person’s report and a search gets underway. If they’re wandering off or getting lost, it’s probably time to talk about assisted living for their safety.

Are you worn out and depleted from caregiving?

The emotional, mental and physical toll of caregiving can be particularly pronounced for husbands and wives of those who need care as well.  Whether it is your Mom or Dad, your Wife or your Husband, we know that talking about them living somewhere else is never easy, and may cause feelings of grief and guilt. Know that you are not alone, as this is very common when undertaking the tough decision to place a loved one in another home. Many people remark that they lose their loved ones twice, once to the disease process, and then when they pass away. As a caregiver, it can be difficult just to find enough time to care for your loved one, and so you let your own needs fall to the wayside. But staying healthy is one of the best things you can do to provide the support your loved one needs, so moving them to an assisted living home may be the healthiest choice for both of you.

We’re Here For Seniors, And You.

In light of all this, we feel our small, residential assisted living homes are the perfect and loving choice for those who want their loved one to be able to live in a home as close to what their normal home life would be like. One that’s really a home, unlike those large facilities. Our homes are just that—homes, not institutionalized facilities in which everyone is forced to operate on the same schedule. With smaller populations and a low resident-to-caregiver ratio, we’re able to allow each resident freedom and provide individualized care. Our experienced staff members care deeply about the well-being of our residents and take pride in maintaining a high standard of living for all.

When staying in an existing home becomes too demanding, difficult, or dangerous, Avendelle provides seniors a safe place that’s as close to home as possible. We’ve invested in the safety equipment and response procedures for both ambulatory and non-ambulatory assisted-living residents. All of our residential assisted-living homes are equipped with fire sprinkler systems and electronic medical record systems. For aging seniors, being safe can also mean having someone notice the first signs of a new problem. Our incredible, knowledgeable assisted-living caregivers get to know each resident’s routines and patterns. They’re always paying attention so that no change in mood, health, or sleep goes unnoticed.

If it’s time to talk about moving your loved one to assisted living, we’re here for you. We’d love to meet you and give you a tour. Email Us Or Request A Tour Here: https://www.avendelle.com/contact-us/

Call Us Today: 866-971-8095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avendelle at Wingate Nominated!

Please join us in congratulating Penni Keys and Avendelle at Wingate being nominated as a Finalist in the Best Assisted Living Facility category of The Readers’ Choice Best of 2015 by The Charlotte Observer!  assisted living facility charlotte

Penni Keys is the owner/operator of Avendelle at Wingate, which is located in Wingate, NC (just outside of Charlotte). Penni and her staff take pride in providing the best care possible for her residents and this nomination is a testimony of their dedication!

The winners will be announced on December 6th.  We will be sure to keep you updated!