Therapy Pets for Dementia Residents (Batteries Included)

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 20, 2017 1:35:25 PM

Animal and pet therapy has long been recognized as calming and soothing for seniors — especially those in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Many senior living communities sponsor animal therapy programs, where residents can interact with animals periodically. While those programs are wonderful, they depend on the availability of the animals — which can be limiting. That’s where Companion Pets come in.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Using Meditation and Wellscapes to Improve the Wellbeing of Our Caregivers

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 19, 2017 12:14:05 PM

It’s no surprise that caregivers need care, too. That’s especially true for professional caregivers, as Katie Westberg, National Director of Life Enrichment for The Goodman Group points out. “In senior living and health care, there’s a high percentage of stress and burnout in the workplace," she says. "That can lead to higher turnover, and we don't want to see that. We want to take care of our team members.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Spiritual Wellbeing, Caregiving

Experiencing the Care Found in Senior Living Communities [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 17, 2017 2:59:10 PM

“Oh gosh, they are awesome – from the housekeeper to the nurses,” exclaims Wendy Wells, daughter of a resident at Terracina Grand, a senior living community in Naples, Florida. “They really embrace the residents and make them feel at home.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Assisted Living Decisions: Moving in as a Couple

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 12, 2017 2:37:19 PM

As life spans continue to increase, more and more seniors are moving into senior living communities as couples — rather than individually. That, of course, is wonderful. At the same time, it can present some logistical questions. Especially for couples moving into assisted living. Some questions may be, “What happens if each person has different care needs?” This is a common occurrence, and there are solutions.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Understanding Wandering and Dementia: Our Tips for Caregivers

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 10, 2017 11:01:59 AM

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people with dementia will wander. It is a common occurrence. However, the term wandering isn’t always an accurate description of what’s really going on. Most people with dementia — just like those without dementia — have a purpose in mind when they set out on a walk. It just may be that their purpose gets waylaid.

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Topics: Memory Care

A Tool for Caregivers: What is Respite Care?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 29, 2017 12:59:02 PM

“How are you doing?” It’s rare that a caregiver is asked that simple question. People usually focus on the one receiving care, not the one giving it.

If a friend’s mom is in the hospital, people want to know how she’s doing. If a relative is in memory care, the family wants to know the latest news. Yet the caregiver’s well-being is equally as important. It often falls on the caregivers themselves to prevent their own burnout.  That’s where respite care can help.

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Topics: Caregiving

Memory Care Advice From a Loving Husband [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 28, 2017 11:53:25 AM

“My advice would be to get as much information about the disease as you possibly can so that you understand the things your loved one is doing and why they are doing them,” says Joe Bonanno, the husband of a resident at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida. “Always remember that it’s the disease that is causing them to do that, not the person.”

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Topics: Memory Care, Videos

Memory Care Advice: Answering the Uncomfortable Questions

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 22, 2017 1:37:54 PM

“When can I go home?”

“What is this place?”

“Why are you leaving me here?”

These are examples of some of the difficult questions that memory care residents may ask their family, friends, and caretakers. To many of us, the questions can feel heartbreaking. However, there are compassionate and meaningful ways to handle them.

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Topics: Memory Care

Preventing Caregiver Burnout: Self-Care Tips for Healthy Living

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 21, 2017 11:13:00 AM

“If you’re traveling with someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first, then assist the other person.” That’s the familiar reminder flight attendants always give before takeoff. Similar sounding advice applies if you’re a caregiver for an aging parent or other loved one: secure your own self-care first. It will help prevent burnout and give you the energy to be the best caregiver you can be.

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Child Care Within Senior Living: Intergenerational Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 19, 2017 4:13:31 PM

The Learning Center is a pretty special place. The preschool and children's day care center emphasizes experiential learning, complete with a "tree house library" and "tug boat computer lab." The kids say it's "just like Disney World," but that's not just what makes it special. Located at The Palms of Largo senior living campus in Florida, The Learning Center also emphasizes intergenerational learning and friendship.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities