Memory Care Units Focuses on Some of the Most Painful Concerns

Sam-Burlum-logo3 (2) ResizedWritten by, Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter and author, Published on 4/22/2018, www.SamBurlum.com Exclusive

Tags: Assisted Living, Baby Boomers, Golden Years, Health Care Facilities, Long Term Care, Quality of Life, Senior Health Care

Source: New facilities specializing in memory care are being designed to handle some of the most complicated mental health senior care concerns. These new designs focus their efforts on therapeutic modalities and facilities that aim at assisting senior residents cope with Alzheimer’s and dementia, loss of memory from an accident or injury, and other concerns that effect one’s mental well-being in their senior years.

Memory care facilities are assisted living facilities specially designed to care for individuals that have degrading mental awareness. Two of the most common memory loss diagnoses are Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s is a chronic disease where an individual’s mind will begin to lose short term memory of recent events, people’s names and dates. As the disease progresses, the individual will begin to have changes in behavior and mood, problems with language and disorientation, loss of motivation, and other slowing patterns.

In many cases, the individual is initially aware of their condition, and out of frustration, will slowly alienate family and care givers. Even care givers find it difficult to administer care to a person with Alzheimer’s, due to the continued behavioral changes and out lashes that the patient displays. Once Alzheimer’s is in its final phases, the body begins to shut down and fails to function as it should, leading to the individual passing. Care for an individual with Alzheimer’s takes a special provider that has plenty of patience as well as the ability to not be easily offended.

Senior elder persons with dementia suffer from and experience many of the same symptoms as folks with Alzheimer’s do. However, there are a few major differences between the two diseases. Dementia is considered a neurocognitive disorder that speeds up the aging process and affects the body more so than other mental disorders and illnesses. People with dementia are usually either chemically or physically restricted so they are not a danger to themselves or others around them. Human rights groups advocate that individuals with dementia should not be restrained, stating they need additional specialized care, including the use of alternative modalities and therapies, as well as individual in activities that are constructive, giving the person a sense of daily purpose.

Memory care services also provide on campus services in conjunction with rehabilitation centers for head injuries where blunt trauma has caused a person to lose their short-term memory.  This care focuses on helping the patient restore their short-term memory along with the individual’s physical health.

Memory care facilities offer around the clock supervised care. The floor plans of these facilities are designed to cater to someone with a memory care concern. They include easy to find central service areas such as a dining hall and activity centers. There are additional security measures at a memory care unit so patients cannot just wander off on their own outside the center’s grounds and limits the risk the patient may be to themselves or others. A memory care facility will usually have additional therapy rooms and places on campus designed to be therapeutic. They may even have a central court yard so residents can spend time outside without leaving the environment and security of the memory care unit.

Assisted living centers that include memory care are changing the model for senior health care in the industry. Memory care units that are added to either a traditional assisted living center or are integrated into the design of a new assisted living facility provide an advantage for senior health care facilities. These duel service centers help families with the continuity of care. If a loved one needs additional care services for memory care, the patient is transferred just down the hall or to a neighboring building. Knowing the same staff will be continuing to serve their loved one’s needs without having to move them to an entirely different facility provides tremendous reassurance during a vulnerable time. A family can count on maintaining the same relationship with the same senior health care provider; eliminating the doubt one would have about having to deal with a new staff or administrator.

Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative reporter who authors articles related to economic development, innovation, green technology, business strategy, and public policy concerns. Burlum is also a career entrepreneur who lends his expertise as a consultant to start-up companies, small businesses, and mid-size enterprises, providing advisement in several areas including strategic business planning, business development, supply chain management, and systems integration. He is also author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource-Water, Main Street Survival Guide for Small Businesses, and Life in the Green Lane-in Pursuit of the American Dream.

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Services You Can Expect from a Quality Assisted Living Provider

Sam-Burlum-logo3 (2) ResizedWritten by, Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter and author, Published on 4/11/2018, www.SamBurlum.com Exclusive

Tags: Assisted Living, Health Care Facilities, Long Term Care, Nursing Homes, Quality of Life, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Senior Health Care

Source: Not all assisted living facilities are created equal; however, there are some basic services and expectations across the board that a new resident can expect from any assisted living campus. We look at these and the small differences that set some assisted living facilities apart from the rest.

An assisted living facility or residency is the ideal situation for an elderly individual in their golden years that has little or no family to rely upon for assistance with day to day chores or help in maintaining quality their life.  Oftentimes, these senior individuals find themselves unable to do all the same physical tasks they once could complete on their own. This change can prove quite challenging mentally, emotionally and physically. Assisted living campuses are designed to provide the senior resident with some assistance while allowing them to enjoy the freedom of life, such as making their own appointments, shopping, visiting family, and venturing outside the campus, just as they would if they remained in their own home.

There are some basic services an assisted living facility will offer. Unlike a nursing home, much of the residents from an assisted living center have a key element in maintaining their quality of life; mobility. Residents usually find themselves able to still be mobile on and off the campus, even if many no longer drive a car. Most assisted living facilities provide a bus/van service allowing the resident to schedule transportation needs, which is included as part of their monthly rent/lease agreement.

Assisted living services can include housekeeping and laundry services, as well as prepared meals, which are usually served in a group community dining area. This allows residents an opportunity to socialize and gather together. Apartments are self-contained and grocery services or other types of shopping and errands are also offered. Some services are personalized depending on the needs of the individual resident. The initial intake process will provide the opportunity to make that determination, as well as take into consideration when residents require medication administration and assistance. A nurse can be scheduled to help a resident with these needs. You will not find monitoring or medical equipment in this kind of situation, however, doctors and nurses are just a phone call away.

If a resident has limited mobility, a personal aide can be assigned to them. This aide would help the individual in getting dressed, bathing and escorting the resident to other parts of the campus for meals and activities, or to run light duty errands. This cost can be factored into the custom package for a resident that may be disabled or need just a little extra help.

Assisted living campuses will offer administration services to any individual with regards to exploring all options of benefits the senior may have coming to them and help the senior through whatever the process may be to obtain their benefits. Assisted living administrators cannot administer medicine or legal advice, however, they can redirect those concerns to local professionals in the community that are trained to better serve the senior elder person.

Assisted living facilities will have among other things; community and activity centers such as a gym, movie room, central gathering room, dining facilities, a chapel, a salon or barber shop, post office, small community library, and in some cases a store that carries basic needs for residents (grooming and toiletry items, select food items, some general household items, basic medical items, etc.).

Many assisted living facilities may resemble either a hotel or resort. Some are designed to look like a Main Street fully contained under a roof, or there are even senior housing campuses which have been converted into assisted living centers out of an old hospital or school. Some campuses look like any other block of community housing or apartments. New communities which are the first step to living in an assisted living campus begins with the move or sale of the former family home, where older parents become empty nesters. They often opt to move to an adult community, which requires for residents to be 55 and older, as well as have no children living in the home. These campuses may also have an assisted living facility on campus or nearby.

Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative reporter who authors articles related to economic development, innovation, green technology, business strategy, and public policy concerns. Burlum is also a career entrepreneur who lends his expertise as a consultant to start-up companies, small businesses, and mid-size enterprises, providing advisement in several areas including strategic business planning, business development, supply chain management, and systems integration. He is also author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource-Water, Main Street Survival Guide for Small Businesses, and Life in the Green Lane-in Pursuit of the American Dream.

8 Quick Tips for a Professional Look

Sam-Burlum-logo3 (2) ResizedWritten by, Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter and author, Published on 4/2/2018, www.SamBurlum.com Exclusive

Tags: Business, Company Policy, Company Standards, Free Enterprise, Job Market, Interview, Professional

Source: Do you want to be viewed as the professional in the bunch? Standing out of the crowd is not necessary a bad thing when it comes to being a professional at work. Here are some basic tips on how you can elevate your game.

It seems in today’s business climate just about anything goes, as many companies have relaxed restrictions on dress code, style, and what is appropriate in the work environment. Companies have left it to their employees to be discrete in their choices and appearance in the workplace. In a competitive job market, one should always strive to be at their best so that they stand out from the crowd in commanding more respect in the workplace. Employers do appreciate when their staff takes it upon themselves to appear more professional. Here are eight quick tips on how to achieve that professional look regardless of budget.

1). No Jeans, No Wrinkles, No Hats…Regardless of how casual the work environment may be, never wear jeans. For most managers it is a turn off. Take some time to iron out those wrinkles. Nothing says I am lazy more than putting on a wrinkled shirt, blouse, or jacket. Hats are for your day off and are meant to be worn outside, even though some may be stylish, you want the focus to be on you not with what is on your head.

2). Remove all distractions/cover up skin… If you have some crazy flashy set of earrings, or other loud jewelry, you will want to remove them until later, especially if you are going to participate in a job interview. Men should be wearing warm color ties, nothing with sports team logos or lots of brightly colored patterns. Conservative is best. If you have highly visible tattoos on your arms, legs, and neck, you may want to consider a long sleeve shirt, suit pants, and maybe a scarf or a shawl. Never wear short shorts, tank tops, or other clothing that is too revealing.

3). Be mindful with make-up…leave the smoky eye look for the club or after work out with your friends; you will want to look natural and subtle. Nothing with glitter or sparkles, again that should be left for your evenings out. Natural and neutral colors work well for blush, lipstick, and eyes. Sexy is great, just not in the workplace.

4). Shoes fit for the job…It’s always safe to wear what is appropriate for the matching workplace; for instance, in an environment that is more of a shop and warehouse, you would not want to hear clunky heels, or wear open toe sandals in an area that has potential hazards. Likewise you would not wear loafers or sneakers when you really need work boots. In an office environment you will want to wear a comfortable yet professional shoe. If you are out in the field or hitting the streets, then a walking shoe is more appropriate. In any case, you don’t want to wear anything that might be awkward to walk in. Make sure to keep your shoes in good shape, shined and scuff free.

5). Facial hair for the men…Some work places do not allow for mustaches and beards. Go online before you apply to see what their policies are on such matters. If no policy is listed on their website or in their company handbook, then best assumption is to keep mustaches and beards and sideburns neat and orderly. Handlebar mustaches usually seen at the carnival need to stay there. Beards should be neatly trimmed and manageable. Nothing is worse than meeting with an employer or client while having unkempt long locks hanging from your chin and neck.

6). Hair for the ladies…Remember this is the workplace, not the red carpet or an evening out on the town. You will want to be as conservative as possible. Depending on your profession, you may be on the go, or in an office all day, depending on how fast pace the work environment is, you will not have much time to manage your hair. Pick an appropriate hair style that works for you, yet is professional for the office. If you have questions, consult with your hair stylist and/or beautician for ideas.

7). Hair for the men…Some men have long locks, which is fine, however you may want to tie your hair up in a ponytail for the workplace. The usual rule of thumb for men’s hair in the work place is if you cannot see your ears, it’s time to visit the salon or barber shop. No bright color dyes, mohawks, spikes, or rooster tops. Remember professional; you don’t want to scare off your clients and or your co-workers, managers, etc.

8). Black, blue, gray, and natural tones…most work environments will either require you to comply with their casual work uniforms, and/or professional attire. The most common color combos for suits, sport coats, jackets, pants, and other attire are black, blue, gray, and natural tones. No loud colors. You want to be as approachable as possible and inviting to conversations. Color combos of red and black can be too intimidating, pastels may be too lax.

Before any job interview, it is always wise to research a company’s human resources policy related to their dress code.

Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative reporter who authors articles related to economic development, innovation, green technology, business strategy, and public policy concerns. Burlum is also a career entrepreneur who lends his expertise as a consultant to start-up companies, small businesses, and mid-size enterprises, providing advisement in several areas including strategic business planning, business development, supply chain management, and systems integration. He is also author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource-Water, Main Street Survival Guide for Small Businesses, and Life in the Green Lane-in Pursuit of the American Dream.

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