Old-Timers Vs. Alzheimer’s: Knowing When to Get Help

October 23, 2014
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Samantha didn’t know she had Alzheimer’s Disease and neither did her family. They all thought something was off; something was wrong, but they couldn’t place their finger on it. She had had plenty of doctors’ appointments and checkups, but nothing in her medical history, blood tests, or physical exams showed any signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s . It was only when the doctor applied a mental status test that the symptoms became clear. After a more thorough neurological exams and brain imaging, Samantha was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A wave of emotions and fears overcame the family: sorrow,... Read more >>

How Can I Help My Elder with Dementia?

October 21, 2014
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If you don’t have a medical education or nursing background, then you may not know where to begin, but there’s a lot you can do for a senior with dementia. For starters, you should be able to determine how severe your elder’s dementia is. If they need someone to help them get out of bed, get dressed, guided to the kitchen table, cooked for and spoon fed, then you should consider moving them to a senior living facility. HOWEVER, if they’re simply suffering from the common symptoms (i.e. mood swings and memory loss), then there’s a lot you can do. Regular Routine Maintain a regular routine; a... Read more >>

Help Me, Don’t Baby Me: Personal Freedoms in Assisted Living

October 20, 2014
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Not long ago, the Concierge Care Advisors were contacted by a senior in need. She noticed that she had been having difficulty with dexterous tasks. Once simple projects, like sewing, became overwhelming; just to thread the needle was taxing and time-consuming. Of course, this crisis led to some more severe changes. She didn’t feel comfortable driving because she had difficulty gripping the wheel; when she did manage to get her hands around the wheel, steering became an issue. It was then that she decided to walk to her destinations: the grocery store, farmer’s market, local pharmacy, etc... Read more >>

100 is the New 50: When Health Spans Match Life Spans

October 15, 2014
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By: Derek Hobson In the past, we've talked extensively about the pros and cons of RoboCare . Partially because it’s a technological development that’s going to be in high demand as the Silver Tsunami crests – and partially because there’s a juvenile in me that loves robots. I’ll save you the trouble of reading that article right now and tell you that the primary pro is that robots could sorely supplement the ever understaffed nursing profession. It’d be a welcomed addition since, as it stands, when the baby boomers retire, there aren’t enough caregivers or senior housing communities to go... Read more >>

A Stroke of Bad Luck: Rehabilitative Assisted Living

October 14, 2014
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“ The day had started out so well .” Rita, 72, had taken her morning walk with Patches, her Boston Terrier. The sun was out and a light breeze reminded her that she was heading into the eve of summer. Later, when she went down to the local farmer’s market, she sampled the various jams. As she paid for jar, the merchant thanked her graciously and as she made her way to leave, a child behind the jam stand asked to pet her dog. Both the child and Patches loved the attention. Eventually, the little girl asked, “ What’s his name? ” And Rita said nothing. Rita didn’t mean to say nothing, but she... Read more >>

Dementia Laments: When Life Gives You Lemons…

October 10, 2014
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“I miss the flowers…” Joe was living alone in an empty house. The family grew concerned when they visited him and saw dust along the handrail going upstairs. When they went upstairs and saw that the floors had been freshly vacuumed, they asked Joe when the last time he’d gone upstairs was. Joe said, “Just this morning,” but the truth was obvious, he didn’t remember. The maid had been coming every other week to Joe’s house for the last 15 years – hence why the floor was freshly vacuumed. However, when the family contacted her, she said she hadn’t been to the house in several months! She tried... Read more >>

Assisted Living is Still Independent

September 5, 2014
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It wasn’t long ago that a Seattle senior and his son came to the Concierge Care Advisors looking for Assisted Living. They had done some moderate research and understood that Assisted Living provided minor- to moderate care for elderly persons. Their biggest concern wasn’t if the elder would receive enough care, but if there were enough activities and events to keep the elder occupied. This is a fairly frequent concern – not far off from cost – since most people think “retirement home” or “nursing home” and immediately think they are restricted to the homes’ schedules. This certainly isn’t... Read more >>

Seattle Senior Finds Christian Retirement Community

August 29, 2014
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There are always necessities to senior living. You know, level of care, staff to resident ratio, cleanliness, security, history of elder care and reputation, etcetera. And we cover all those on our senior living options, on the phone with you, and in our network of housing facilities. That's not what this blog is about. One of the most commonly sought after amenity -- the "nice-to-have" if you will -- is religious community. There's a couple reasons for this. 1) If elders are moving to a new community, then they want to share common ground with their neighbors and peers. Certainly, religion... Read more >>

Couple Finds the Perfect Seattle Assisted Living Home

August 28, 2014
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Even though the majority of the people we work with are in "crisis mode" (that is, they need to find a new home in X amount of days or they'll be in financial and/or medical trouble), some do come to us after they feel it's the right time to segue into a new mode of living. This is one of those stories. Our agency received a call from a lovely couple who had decided that it was time to move into a senior care home; specifically, they wanted to stay in the city they'd grown to know and love, so they wanted help finding a reputable Seattle assisted living center. It wasn't that they had... Read more >>

Helping a Widower Find a Seattle Retirement Community

August 27, 2014
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There are countless reasons to join a retirement community, but two of the most notable occurred with a client we helped not long ago. His main reason for moving? Spirituality and Community. When Independent Living is Stagnate and Retirement Community is Moving Forward There was a senior who had lost his wife of 52 years. As you can imagine, after spending half a century with a partner, you become accustomed to a certain lifestyle. Things change, and most people don't handle change well. Heck our brains are wired to actively fight against anything that breaks routine. As our brains stop... Read more >>