Providing care for a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer's requires respect, communication, understanding, and patience. Establishing a routine, planning activities, and keeping sentimental objects or photos around can help your loved one feel more secure. Remember to maintain a safe environment free of hazards and don't neglect your own needs along the way. Learn the best tips to ensure your loved one feels comfortable and cared for. Read the full article.
Smoothing the Transition
When your loved one is transitioning from living at home to living in an assisted care facility, it can be a lot to process. For a person who has Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other memory loss impairments, changing their routine and moving into an unfamiliar environment can be especially stressful. At the Vineyards Memory Care, we strive to make the transition as pleasant and easy as possible for both you and your loved one. If you are planning to help someone with dementia move into a memory care facility, keep reading for tips on how to make the transition more comfortable for them. Read the full article here.
Simple Tips for Caregivers
We at the Vineyards Memory Care in Grand Junction, CO realize that if you are caring for someone living with Alzheimer's disease, you know that as the disease progresses your loved one's ability to manage daily tasks will decline. Consider practical tips to help him or her maintain a sense of independence and dignity as he or she becomes dependent on you and other family members or caregivers. Read the full article here.
Vineyards Senior Resource Fair
Attention Grand Valley seniors, caregivers, and family. Mark your calendars for the Vineyards Senior Resource Fair and Celebration. Wednesday October 10th. From 10 am to 1 pm. Come and join the fun at 1530 Walnut Avenue in Grand Junction. This event is not to be missed. There will be exhibitors, food, games, raffles, and chance to win a 55” flat screen TV. Admission is free! Tour our fully remodeled facility and visit with representatives from the most dedicated senior organizations in the valley.
At the Vineyards Memory Care in Grand Junction, Colorado, we place a high emphasis on recreation. Why? Sometimes it seems people with Alzheimer's disease have lost all concept of boredom. How else could they stand to spend all day staring at the same wall or shuffling up and down the same hallway?
The truth is, Alzheimer's patients can still feel boredom just as deeply as anyone else. When they can no longer plan their own activities, the boredom can turn to frustration. A person may start wandering around the house or become agitated, all because their mind and body have been idle for too long. Learn more about the importance of recreation for those in need of Alzheimer's care by reading the full article.
Avoiding Alzheimer's Triggers
Here at the Vineyards Memory Care and Assisted Living in Grand Junction, CO, we know about Alzheimer's triggers. But do you? Are you a caretaker who feels that you may be upsetting a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, but you're just not sure how? The full article may shed some light on behaviors to avoid.
The sprinklers are on, flowers are coming up-spring is in full swing at The Vineyards Memory Care and Assisted Living in Grand Junction. This is the perfect time of year for a tour of our campus, especially if you have a loved one with a dementia diagnosis who is ready to make the transition into assisted living. You can arrange a visit by contacting Ed Mueck, Director of Admissions, at 970-243-7224.
On Alzheimer's Care
When it comes to options for Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory care here in Grand Junction, Colorado, there are several ways to go. Certainly The Vineyards, which will accommodate up to 14 residents per building, is not the largest memory facility in the valley-but this is by design. We believe in an intimate, family atmosphere and will never sacrifice our ideal ratio of staff to residents simply to raise our census numbers. Unfortunately, there are some facilities that primarily focus on housing as many patients as possible while keeping staff at a minimum. This philosophy often leads to not just poor care for the residents, but a stressful, overworked care team as well. When choosing a care facility for your loved one, be aware of not only the size of the staff, but of the mood of the institution. Is the atmosphere dark and dreary, or is life celebrated with enthusiasm and brightness? We have found that the mood of the care team and the house in general directly affects the quality of life that we can give our residents. In summary, to properly care for a population, the memory care staff must be adequate in number and the ambiance of the facility should be positive and even fun. These are the factors which allow for the foundation of care that every human being has earned and deserves.
Beacon Fest Fun!
A good time was had by all at a very successful Beacon Fest in Grand Junction, Colorado. Ed Mueck, Director of Marketing, and Sarah Smith, Administrator for The Vineyards, were on hand to represent The Retreat Communities. Beacon Fest is the Western Slope's largest senior fair and gathering. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to learn about how The Vineyards Memory Care is the very best option in the valley for those who suffer from memory loss diagnosis.
3 Easy Ways You Can Make a Difference in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
You don’t have to be a scientist, politician, or millionaire to make a big difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Talk to the women who are battling stigma, lobbying Congress to get more critical funding for research, and helping to make caregiving easier, and they all say the same thing: One person can make a difference. Discover how women are moving the needle, and how you can join in from Grand Junction. Read the full article here.
On Being a Caregiver
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia impacts every aspect of your daily life. As an Alzheimer’s patient loses one ability after another, a caregiver faces tests of stamina, problem solving, and resiliency. Maintaining your emotional and physical fitness is crucial, not just for you but also for the person you’re caring for. Preparing yourself, understanding your loved one’s experience, and seeking support from others can help you succeed on the caregiving journey. Read the full article.