Improving Seniors’ Lives with Technology

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An article in the U.S. News and World Report discusses several technological advancements under development that may benefit the lives of older adults.  One example they cite that is already available is remote health monitoring systems that permit patients to take their own vital signs and send them to their medical provider.  Additionally shoe insoles with GPSs inserted in them have also been developed as a way to track someone with Alzheimer’s.

Still in the early stages of development, self-driving cars may help to improve the lives of seniors.  We know that driving is something that many seniors start to feel uncomfortable doing, but giving it up can often mean a loss of independence.  Experts predict self-driving cars will be widely available within ten years.

Another interesting technological development already available in Denmark is edema socks that detect and signal swelling of the feet and edema.  SmartSox is a similar concept under development that will be a used to “detect excessive pressure, heat and misplaced joint angles that could cause foot ulcers. This is useful because people with diabetes often lose sensation in their feet and can’t always feel such changes.”

Also while not currently being produced, a group of researchers have developed a vibrating shoe insole to improve balance and stability and may reduce falls by as much as 70 percent.  Along those same lines, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are trying to create a shirt with built-in sensors that will be able to administer CPR.

No article on technological advancements would be complete without the mention of robots.  For years, researchers have been working on robots that will have the required artificial intelligence to serve as health care aides.  Soon robots may be helping elderly people stay independent and active for longer.

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan represents the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting by creating a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Please contact us to set up a tour to see firsthand the finest assisted living in Centennial CO.

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Short-term Respite Care at Bear Creek

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Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it can also be stressful especially when it is a long-term arrangement and there is no cure for what ails your loved one.   If you are a regular caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you need to take a break from time to time for your own wellbeing.  One of the tips experts suggest to get the caregiving help you need is to look into respite care.

At MorningStar at Bear Creek, we offer caregivers the chance to feel comfortable about taking a well-deserved break by providing your loved one with a warm and loving temporary home.  Our entire community is devoted to providing holistic memory care that is designed to nurture the essence of the individual and reaffirm their dignity and value.  In addition we are set up to care for those in the early onset of the disease right through to the most advanced stages.

As a short-term respite care resident, your loved one will get all of the amenities and services we provide for our permanent residents.  This includes three daily meals prepared by our own Executive Chef that are geared toward encouraging the appetite of those with dementia.  In addition all of our respite care residents participate in our wellness programs and activities, special events and scheduled outings.

To ensure the comfort and safety of your loved one, we provide 24-hour care, medication management and group transportation.  Furthermore, our respite care suite (subject to availability) is fully furnished so all you need to do is bring your loved one’s personal items.  Please visit our website to learn more about our community and for contact information on respite care as well as our day program.  You deserve a break from your 24/7 caregiving responsibilities.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Best Care Practices for Alzheimer’s Patients

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Over the last several decades, there has been an increased awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.  Along with efforts to develop medications to treat or to cure the disease, there has also been a move to advance best care practices for those suffering from the disease.

In a recent publication from the Alzheimer’s Association titled the “Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes,” they explore ways that professional caregiving can be more effective.  Their first recommendation is to make sure a resident is receiving proper food and fluid consumption.  They note that “Inadequate consumption or inappropriate food and fluid choices can contribute directly to a decline in a resident’s health and well-being.”

The next point they discuss is pain management.  They cite the fact that many times people with dementia have trouble communicating pain so it is often overlooked and not treated.  However, the problem with not managing pain appropriately is that it can “result in behavioral symptoms and lead to unnecessary use of psychotropic medications.”

Another important practice recommendation from the report is that assisted living facilities provide social engagement and meaningful activities for memory care residents.  By engaging in activities, it helps residents to retain their functional abilities and thus provides a better quality of life.   These interactions should be designed to do with residents, not to or for them.

If you are a family member searching for quality memory care for your loved one, we encourage you to take a look at MorningStar at Jordan’s Reflection Neighborhood.  We have 29 secure suites devoted to the specialized care of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.  Set within a gentle, loving environment, our care takes a resident-directed approach that utilizes multi-sensory cues to calm and to awaken memories, to support capabilities and, above all, to affirm dignity and value.

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan represents the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting by creating a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Please contact us to set up a tour to see firsthand the finest assisted living in Centennial CO.

Source:alz.org/national/documents/brochure_DCPRphases1n2.pdf

Family Members of Bear Creek Residents Express Their Gratitude

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The staff at MorningStar at Bear Creek feels privileged to serve our very special residents. As our Executive Director, Shannon Barker explains, “To care for those who once cared for me is one of the highest honors.”  This respect for our residents is what motivates us to lovingly provide our unique brand of care and is why we feel honored to get positive affirmation from families of our residents regarding the care of their loved one.

We were happy to hear from someone who recently took a tour of our community. They not only write about how beautiful our community is but what stood out the most was “the heartfelt and passionate care your staff so selflessly gives residents.”  In another letter, an adult child of a resident wrote to tell us, “MorningStar has been a delight. I can say with complete confidence that my mother is in the best hands.”

As we know, facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s alone can be daunting, which is why we feel Bear Creek is here to also provide support for the families of our residents.  This makes the following review of our community especially gratifying as they say, “Our family was delighted to discover MorningStar at Bear Creek, and we are happy to partner with them in the care of our loved one. It is a unique community. For those searching for appropriate memory care options in the Pikes Peak region don’t overlook this gem!”

Our senior living facility is dedicated to providing individualized memory care to residents with mild to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Bear Creek is a one-story building and offers 48 suites in four floorplans that are designed to provide a secure setting yet allow residents to explore their spacious surroundings freely and easily.  We end our post with another quote from a family member of a resident who says, “I would say there a culture of love and caring here unlike other senior living communities that I have visited.”

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Questions to Ask When Looking for Memory Care

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It is typically with mixed emotions that a family comes to the realization that their loved one needs more care than they can get at home.  When this happens, there are several things to consider as you search for the best memory care.

One of the first things you need to know is that “memory care” is committed to caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Assisted living is intended for those that require some extra care with their daily living activities in order to retain their independence and live their lives safely and comfortably.

Many assisted living communities have a separate wing devoted to memory care residents and some like MorningStar at Bear Creek is entirely memory care.  Memory care staff members should have gone through specialized training in order to understand the disease as well as to effectively care for those with dementia.

At Bear Creek all of our team members are extensively trained to care for our tender residents and our community is uniquely designed to allow residents to freely move about to explore their surroundings.  You also will want to know the level of care the community is equipped to handle.  At Bear Creek, we care for those from the onset of the disease through to the most advanced stages.

Other questions should include how secure is the community and what is the staff/resident ratio during the day as well as at night.   In addition do residents receive regular health monitoring, is there a nurse on staff, and will there be a thorough intake process before your loved one joins the community?  Ask how meals are handled, and when will you be contacted if there is a problem.

We encourage you to visit MorningStar at Bear Creek’s website to learn more about our loving, unique memory care community.  Also, we recommend you set up a tour to see firsthand the home-like atmosphere of Bear Creek.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Source: aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/memory-care-checklist

Animal Therapy is Found to be Beneficial for Those with Alzheimer’s

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At MorningStar at Bear Creek our unique approach to memory care is designed to nurture, support and respect the essence of the individual regardless of the level of memory loss.  Our team leverages the power of art, music, dance, and aromatherapy as well as uses animals to heal and comfort residents while we take into account each person’s uniqueness.

Studies have shown that “therapy dogs and other animals can stimulate social interaction and ease agitation in dementia patients.”  However experts caution that it “takes specially trained pets to bring the full benefit of animal therapy into elder care settings.”  Animals must be matched to the right situation and to the right human, and typically dogs have been the easiest to train as they remain comfortable interacting with a variety of people.

Therapists say that animal therapy may be beneficial to dementia patients because the person sees the animal as someone they can interact with without worry.  Animal/people relationships do not require good communication skills that can be difficult for many persons with dementia.

In addition to encouraging social interactions and reducing agitation, animal therapy has also been shown to increase physical activity.  Many patients get pleasure from playing with a dog, taking it for a short walk or helping to groom it.  Another unexpected benefit of bringing animals and Alzheimer’s patients together is it seems to improve the person’s appetite after the animal’s visit.

From the moment you step through MorningStar at Bear Creek’s door, you will discover a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feels like a true home.  Please contact us to learn more about what sets MorningStar at Bear Creek apart from other memory care communities. 

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

Source: everydayhealth.com/alzheimers/how-animal-therapy-helps-dementia-patients.aspx

Warning Signs from the Alzheimer’s Association

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The Alzheimer’s Association’s website is loaded with the most up-to the-date information regarding all the various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.   Part of their extensive information includes a check list of 10 early warning signs of the disease.  This is important to know as an early diagnosis allows someone an opportunity to seek treatment and to make plans for the future.  While everyone’s journey is different, they recommend if you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of memory loss, to consult with a doctor.

The first sign of Alzheimer’s as stated by the Association is memory loss that disrupts a person’s daily life. This is the most common sign of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages.  Examples include forgetting important dates or events as well as recently learned information.

The second sign is experiencing difficulties in developing a plan or working with numbers.  It may affect everyday tasks such as balancing a checkbook or keeping track of monthly bills.

Next they cite new problems that develop in completing familiar tasks around the home, at work or leisure.  The person experiences difficulties when driving to a familiar location, managing a budget or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

Fourth on the Alzheimer’s Association’s list is signs of confusion regarding time and place.  Examples include losing track of dates and what time of the year it is as well as forgetting where they are or how they got there.

Another sign of Alzheimer’s is problems understanding visual images and spatial relationships. This can mean difficulty reading, judging distances and determining color or contrast.  Further along in the disease, a person may not recognize their own reflection.

The sixth sign on their list includes experiencing new problems with words when speaking or writing.  Another sign is misplacing things and not having the ability to retrace their steps.  People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places.

The eighth sign includes decreased or poor judgment such as giving away large amounts of money to fraudulent causes or paying less attention to grooming habits.  The ninth sign stated by the Association is withdrawing from work or social activities.  Last on the list is a significant change in mood and personality.  People with the disease can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious.  Please see the Alzheimer’s Association’s website for the complete details on the early warning signs of the disease.

This post is for informational purposes only.  Please consult your medical provider regarding any health concerns or questions.

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan represents the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to value, to invest.”  We provide a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting and a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve.   Please schedule a tour to experience firsthand our comfortable, home-like atmosphere.

Source:alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp?type=alzFooter#signs