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Do Chickens Make Good Visitors at a Senior Care Facility?

At Arthur’s our animal visitors always bring a little light and levity into the room. The research shows exactly what we witness all the time: The presence of a dog, cat or any animal can transform an agitated and irritated Alzheimer’s patient into a state of contented calm. But not all animal visitors are furry…

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Caregiver Tips: Stay Aware of Burnout and Don’t Let It Get You

As important as it is to provide attentive, compassionate care to loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s equally important for the caretaker to focus on their own health and well-being. Burnout is a very common outcome in a caretaking situation. But what is it? Burnout is when your ongoing responsibility or situation becomes a…

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In Dementia Patients, Music Never Loses Its Power to Evoke

When visiting a loved one with dementia and Alzheimer’s, music is an old friend that’s well worth taking along. Why is that? As you may know, dementia and Alzheimer’s causes damage to several regions of the brain that are important to functioning in daily life. The result is damage to memory, language and problem solving.…

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Successful Communication When Your Loved One Has Dementia

When someone you love has dementia, you’ll notice that things are changing quickly. When they make mistakes and fumble with the little things, our instinct is to correct and remind. That’s to be expected. After all, you’re hoping that a little push and a dose of reality would be enough to lead them back to…

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Intern spotlight: Kelsey Porter

For her internship project, Kelsey Porter thought she had created a valuable resource, a best-practices guide for staff. But when she realized it was not accessible enough for her co-workers to make the best use of, she knew she had to rethink how it reached her intended audience. Attended: Macalaster Major: Biology with Public Health concentration Career…

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How to Cope with Losing Your Loved One to Dementia

Grief is a universal emotion experienced throughout one’s lifespan. And while it brings about complicated and difficult feelings in any situation, dealing with dementia adds another layer of complexity. Your loved one may still be alive, but you are already feeling the weight and pain of the impending loss as well as the loss of…

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Tips for Traveling with a Loved One with Dementia

Are you planning a trip with someone who has dementia? If their medical provider has cleared them for travel, and the pros outweigh the cons, don’t leave home without a game plan. Traveling from home can be daunting or even scary. Scary for you, because their safety is in your hands. And scary for someone…

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Preventing Falls in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients: It’s a Team Effort

As we age, especially after we reach the age of 65, our risk of falling increases. When a person also has dementia or Alzheimer’s, the stakes are even higher. People with memory issues are three times more likely to experience a hip fracture after a fall. Not only that, but following a hip fracture, the…

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Can I Discuss Memories with Someone Who Has Dementia?

What can you talk about when your loved one has dementia? How do you get a conversation going? These are questions that stem from a singular goal. You want to cultivate that love and connection, and part of that is accomplished by drawing on your shared past. At the same time, it can be a…

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What Does Memory Care in a Home Setting Look Like?

When it comes time to choose a home for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you have a choice. And one option that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the smaller, family-style memory care center. And that’s a shame because some clients really thrive in this intimate setting. At Arthur’s Senior Living, we…

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The Power of Food for Memory Care Patients

There’s no varnishing the truth: Alzheimer’s is cruel, especially as we watch it slowly take the person we love. That’s why it’s important to us to give our clients and their families the tools to make the most of the time they have. One way to do that is finding opportunities that help our clients feel…

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Pets at Arthur’s: Are They Welcome to Visit?

Are you wondering if you should bring your little dog for a visit at Arthur’s? Pet visits are just as welcome as human visits. It’s hard to say how the clients will respond to any given animal. But animals and pets are almost always a welcome presence. They liven up the room with their antics,…

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