Issue 29

The Trick to Aging Gracefully is to Enjoy it!

Understanding Alzheimer’s

All around us are families trying to find their way through the impact of memory loss. The disease is deceptively prevalent—maybe you even know someone with it.

There are over five million Americans who have to live with Alzheimer’s disease, and 610,000 of them are in California alone. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., making Alzheimer’s not just prevalent but achieving almost epidemic proportions.

Even in the face of towering numbers like these, it’s important to remember that it isn’t just a statistic, but a very real battle for those who suffer with it—and it doesn’t define a person or a family. A person with Alzheimer’s is the same person they were before the diagnosis and can continue to do what they love with the right support. And thankfully, our community has that.

El Rio Memory Care of Modesto and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to bring support and provide free educational opportunities for families and those who provide care. Each person diagnosed has countless caregivers who may experience financial hardship, health difficulties, deep emotional stress, and even depression. So where can the support find support?

The partnership of El Rio and the Alzheimer’s Association aims to provide education, wellness programs, and options for full-time or respite care, so families can better understand dementia and have access to the resources they need.

Alzheimer’s can affect anyone and there are clear warning signs to be aware of. Early signs of dementia can include memory loss that interrupts daily life and a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills.


How to Choose the Perfect Home Care

It’s not often that you have to choose a Home Care organization— and when you do, you want to be sure you get it right. ResCare Home Care has offered some great advice about how to pick the perfect Home Care service for you and your loved ones.

1. Look for Knowledgeable Staff
“Our belief is that it’s important to have a staff that is able to provide you with caregivers that are an appropriate match to your loved one,” said Michelle Donaldson, Central Valley Sales Manager at ResCare HomeCare.

2. Keeping Busy
Find a Home Care organization that is very involved in community-based events and that will keep clients active. Exercise programs are especially important. “Each client’s needs are tailored to their care plans,” said Donaldson. “We’re going to direct them to the right resource in the county.”

3. Flexibility is Key
A real bonus is an organization that can be there, no matter the occasion. ResCare HomeCare, for example, has been to weddings and other life events with clients. They do a lot of transportation jobs, and will even accompany clients to doctor’s appointments to act as that extended family member looking out for the client’s well being.

4. Licenses are Integral
Make sure that the agency is licensed and bonded and that they’re licensed through the Department of Social Service.

5. 24-Hour Availability
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, make sure that they have 24-hour availability. You never want to find yourself with an emergency at 10 p.m. and not be able to get the support you need. Agencies like ResCare HomeCare are available around the clock and can also assist even when there’s a higher level of care needed.

ResCare HomeCare delivers quality care and compassionate support when and where you want it—in the comfort of your own home or community. ResCare HomeCare professionals are available around the clock, every day, including holidays. They tirelessly tailor their services to meet client needs and offer a broad selection of service and scheduling options.


How to Pick a Retirement Center

Retiring to a center is a big decision—and when you make it, you want to make sure you know all the facts. Much like looking for a Home Care agency, a retirement center is a decision you want to be fully formed.

“Look for the highest quality, affordable and innovative accommodations and services,” Casa de Modesto, a local nonprofit, multi-level retirement center advises.

“Look for cleanliness, good customer service, and attentive staff. Ask some of the residents if they are happy where they are living. Look for how many levels of care so that your loved one can get the care needed as time progresses. Make a reservation for a tour and lunch. Do they have transportation? Do they have a variety of activities?”

In fact, you might want to make a list of all the important details to pay attention to. In addition to the above, be sure and check the senior community’s website for amenities available—or you can call and ask. While you’re asking, make sure they have plenty of activities and socialization opportunities for the residence. Exercise is especially important, along with the capacity for memory care and other supportive care.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for facilities that are unclean or unkempt. Are they licensed for the services you need? Do they have Registered Nurses and CNA’s for skilled nursing? “Be wary of those that are rated low by Medicare standards,” warns Casa de Modesto.

“Be wary of residents who seem unhappy or scared for no apparent reason or if you are not allowed to visit at any time when needed. Also be wary of not receiving care within a reasonable time. Also, visit the facility more than once to ensure having a solid basis for your perspective.”

Want a good place to start? Try checking out Casa de Modesto, a retirement center for Independent Living, Assisted Living, and a Five-Star Skilled Nursing facility.

In fact, Casa de Modesto just completed a physical therapy rehabilitation unit and other additions are coming soon.



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