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Five Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Connecting with others is an essential part of being human – and that remains the same when a person has dementia. We’re frequently asked, “What are good activities for dementia patients?”. There are still many ways you can continue to form connections and strengthen bonds with your loved one during this time.

People with dementia turn to long-term memories of their childhood. Their minds seem only to recall their younger years, and often this is where connections can be made. The next time you visit with your loved one, try one or more of the following activities to create a relationship with them:

Look Through Photo Albums
Find up photo albums with pictures of your loved one’s childhood or young adulthood to connect with old memories. Past periodicals are another excellent option, particularly those that include many photos such as Life or Time magazines.

Make a Playlist
Download songs or set up a radio on Pandora that streams music from their teenage years. Many internet radio stations include everything from classic rock to big band sounds; their favorite music should be easy to find.

Look Through Old Cookbooks
In the past, women spent a lot of their teenage years learning to cook and young adult years cooking for their families. Ask about the origins and different variations used in old family recipes. For even better results, prepare a meal with those old family recipes and reap the rewards with your loved ones.

Enjoy Favorite Treats
Buy some candy or other treats that were common when your loved one was young. Many companies specialize in nostalgic candy where you can buy old favorites.

Visit and Connect with Animals
People who grew up on farms may enjoy an outing to a petting zoo or family farm where they can touch and talk to horses and other farm animals. Ask questions about animals, old pets, or what it was like to grow up on a farm. Recalling old memories on the farm is a meaningful activity to involve grandchildren in since many kids today are not familiar with farms.

Your loved one may seem different than the person you’ve always known, but they still deserve connection and companionship with you. You can strengthen that connection by applying these activities to enhance both of your lives.

Safe Haven is a luxury senior living home that specializes in Dementia Care, Alzheimer’s Care, and Lifelong Enrichment. We have a compassionate, patient, and caring senior living environment, with the goal of enabling senior residents to enjoy the perks of a no-worries lifestyle. Contact us here to learn more about our elder care services in Atlanta, Georgia.

Settling Into Senior Care

When moving into senior living homes like Safehaven, there are four main steps to outline. These steps overview the major components of what is involved in moving into the care and compassion of a senior living facility. We intend to make the process easier and less complex for both you and your family. Moving for seniors can be a challenge which is why it’s important to have family or friends that support you in the process.

The first step is assessing care options:
This assessment is about knowing what level of care you or your loved one may need. Here at Safehaven we offer Assisted Living services and specialize in Alzheimer’s Care. This senior care is especially essential for those who may have caught the early signs of Alzheimer’s or Dementia and are preparing for the later stages. For more about our services click here.

Second is preparation for the move:
Living in a senior care facility has many long-run benefits that are hard for seniors to see during relocation. It’s important to emphasize the pros while they’re under stress and only thinking about the cons. Before you box things up, a massive help with downsizing is to print out the dimensions of your new home and plan what will fit and what won’t. Make an inventory of all of the items you’re keeping including big furniture pieces.

Next is the physical move:
Avoid the physical and emotional strain on yourself by contacting movers two weeks before you pack up. If you have a layout of your new room, share it with your movers so every item will already be in its place when you get there, only leaving you to hang photos and decorate. The sooner you start organizing and decorating your new space the sooner it will feel like home.

Finally, making a smooth transition into the community:
Important things to remember is that this is your home and everyone wants you to feel welcomed. Adjusting to a new social and cultural environment can be tough. To overcome this start by making yourself familiar with the community pragmatics. Next, walk around the grounds and say hello to everyone to start creating relationships with your neighbors. Attend social outings and participate in group activities, Safehaven has a full calendar of weekly events to make you feel welcomed.

If you are located in the Atlanta and Decatur area and want to learn more about our Assisted Living Care at Safehaven click here.

Alzheimer’s Care and Management

Safehaven specializes in care techniques that reduce difficult behaviors for residents in various stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. We know that providing care to loved ones with dementia can be challenging which is why we offer Alzheimer’s Care for our residents.

We understand that you may be frustrated and unsure of how to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Here are a few tips to help you create more meaningful interactions with loved ones.

Maintain Structure and Routine
Research shows a daily routine allows people with Alzheimer’s to experience better moods and suffer less anxiety. Establish a sense of structure with consistent waking, sleep, and meal times. Here at Safehaven, we communicate their daily routine and what to expect next. We also print out schedules for an even greater sense of reassurance.

Keep Your Loved One Hydrated
Maintaining hydration is critical to good health no matter what your age is. Dehydration in seniors can cause medical destabilization, confusion, and agitation. Keeping plenty of water bottles on hand may help make it easier to stay hydrated. We keep water bottles stocked and readily available any time of day to keep our residents healthy.

Enter Your Loved One’s Reality
Don’t argue with people with dementia when something they say is obviously incorrect. Arguing may make them feel angry and that you do not respect them, this will also cause them to strain their brain more which can worsen dementia symptoms over time. Try to maintain a “go with the flow” attitude when you talk. This can help you to keep the connection and familial bond strong.

Focus on Feelings Not Facts
At Safehaven, we strive for our residents to maintain a healthy positive state of mind. This can be achieved by engaging them in activities that meet their personal preferences. Family tensions can deeply affect people with dementia and can cause difficult behavior – even refusal of care. Be sensitive to family dynamics and recognize that tension and negative feelings can impact acceptance of care.

Effectively Communicate
Remember the saying “actions speak louder than words.” With dementia, nonverbal skills become more important as their verbal skills start to fail. Make sure when you see your loved one you smile, don’t cross your arms, make eye contact, and use a positive tone of voice.

Other tips include: keep it simple, ask one question at a time, use yes/no questions, simplify but don’t eliminate choices, and avoid asking questions that require elaborate answers. Avoid using words and phrases such as “don’t,” “you can’t” and “I told you.”

If you have a loved one in the Atlanta area with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, consider moving them to a safe and compassionate home-like environment. Here at Safehaven, you can still feel like you’re at home but with the help and support of a dedicated staff. To learn more about our Alzheimer’s Care services and schedule a tour contact us HERE.

What is “Sundowning” and How to Manage it

Sleeping problems occur in almost all people with mental disorders, including those with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Sleep determines our ability to do daily functions and maintain our physical/mental health. Many people believe that a difficulty sleeping is the center of the problem.

What is Sundowning?
Sundowning can cause someone to experience a variety of behaviors some of which include confusion, anxiety, and aggression typically with people that also have Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Sundowners isn’t classified as a disease because it’s a group of symptoms that occur at a specific time of day. Sundowning is also called Sundowning Behavior or Sundowners Syndrome.

What are the symptoms of Sundowning?
People can show signs of anxiety, confusion, wandering aimlessly, general disorientation and in some cases hallucinations. These symptoms are likely to occur in the late afternoon or early evening.

What are common triggers for Sundowning?

Too Much Activity at the End of the Day: Researchers believe that a rush of activity at the end of the day can lead to anxiety or confusion.
Fatigue: Exhaustion at the end of a day can contribute to Sundowning.
Lower Visibility: As the sun goes down and there’s dimmer light available, it could challenge for a person to see as well.

How do you take care of a person that’s Sundowning?

  • Allow for light in the morning to help establish an internal clock.
  • Daytime napping should be minimized to help manage a regular sleeping cycle.
  • Encourage exercise to help regulate energy levels.
  • Limit caffeine intake specifically for the morning and avoid it in the afternoon.
  • Create a private place just for winding down and decompressing.
  • Consider purchasing a bedside commode frequently getting up and down can make it hard to get back to sleep.

Living in a supportive community like Safehaven can help manage these symptoms with the help of professionals in a compassionate way. If you have a loved one that has Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia find out HERE how Safehaven’s Senior Community in Atlanta, Georgia can help make a positive impact on their lives.

4 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

How do you know if your loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia? Only a doctor can diagnose either condition but it’s still important to look out for warning signs that may help you find out if you should consider visiting a doctor.

1. Memory loss and forgetfulness
Anyone can sometimes forget details of a conversation, but early signs of Alzheimer’s cause a person to forget an entire conversation. They may forget important dates or even faces of family members.

2. Lack of concentration and confusion
People with Alzheimer’s may forget where they are or how they got there. They can also lose track of the seasons and passage of time.

3. Losing things
Alzheimer’s patients put things in unusual places and tend to lose them this way. They may swear an item was somewhere and become upset when it doesn’t turn up in it’s expected place.

4. Change in personality or mood swings
Patients tend to exhibit mood swings or a change in their personality. They may become fearful, anxious, or depressed when out of their comfort zone.

If you think someone you love has Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, contact your doctor. If your loved one is already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia contact us HERE if you need an ideal assisted living community near Atlanta.

Top Reasons to Move to a Senior Living Facility

1. Gourmet Meals Every Day
Meals are prepared daily on-site with fresh and high-quality ingredients. We customize our menus for any dietary preferences residents have. Eating out is still an option during day trips so you can still visit your favorite restaurants!

2. Help From Compassionate Professionals
Our friendly, professional staff members love spoiling you with hospitality, warmth, and of course welcoming smiles. Our certified Assisted Living caregivers are carefully screened to make sure they are above the industry standard.

3. Higher Quality of Living
Enjoy upscale living in the heart of Buckhead outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Our residence has beautiful landscaping with a 25-acre park, 2 lakes, on-site gardening, and rooms with patio access available. Regular in-home activities include movie nights, pottery classes, computer classes, and visits from personal trainers!

Ready to schedule a tour? Contact us HERE to learn more about Senior Living in Atlanta, Georgia!

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Why Safehaven is Perfect For You

When looking for an assisted living facility in Atlanta for your loved one, you want to find the perfect one. Safehaven is a place you or your loved one can make themselves at home and flourish while they’re here. So what sets Safehaven apart? Why choose us?

Our state certified caregivers, managers, and nurses are carefully screened with thorough background checks to make sure they are above industry standards. We don’t only look for skills and experience in senior care but compassion and personality as well. All of our employees have excellent references and are committed to quality elder care. Our friendly, professional staff members love spoiling our residents with warmth, hospitality, and welcoming smiles.

Safehaven strives to provide our residents with a home-like environment. We have daily gourmet meals, family style dining options, and personalized menus/activities. Our grounds are nestled on a 25-acre park with 2 lakes, we have beautiful landscaping, and even space for residents to garden as well.

There’s always an activity to do at Safehaven, whether that’s movie night, board games, sewing/knitting, or sundae socials. We have a hairdresser, barber, and massage therapist on-site for added convenience. There are also engaging classes like pottery and art along with day trips around town to your favorite places like local restaurants, sporting events, musicals, museums, and more!

Ready to learn more about why you should choose Safehaven for assisted senior living? Schedule a tour HERE or call us at (404) 235-7733 with any questions or about what else we provide for our residents.

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A Little About Us!

About Safe Haven – Decatur Assisted Living
Safe Haven is a luxury assisted living home in Atlanta, Georgia. We give seniors as much independence as possible while still providing assistance where it’s needed. Family-owned and operated, Safe Haven of Atlanta offers a unique combination of personalized supportive senior and elder care service as well as assisted living housing.

Choosing Safe Haven
Our area of expertise is Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes management and other forms of dementia. Many seniors prefer to stay a home setting rather than go to a community or facility. There are many adults who are unable to care for their own daily needs which is what makes our assisted living home in Decatur so important. We have six private Luxury Senior Living suites available, either furnished or unfurnished, at both of our Atlanta Assisted Living homes.

Highest Standards
All of our certified assisted living caregivers, managers, and nurses are thoroughly screened to ensure that they are above industry standards. We look for not only skills and experience in elderly care, but personality as well. In addition, our employees receive periodic retraining so that they continue to excel in the assisted living community.

If you need additional information from us at Safe Haven, please let us know. We look forward to serving you and your loved ones.
Contact us at 904-232-4407 or click here to schedule a tour

Monitoring Our Loved Ones in Senior Living

What Do We Do If We Suspect Our Loved Ones Are Not Being Properly Treated?

Senior living facilities provide the elderly with help when it comes to completing routine tasks such as bathing, grooming, toileting, etc. The kind of services on offer differs from facility to facility. The residence staff is entrusted with the responsibility to care for the senior residents in the facility. However, in case you suspect improper treatment towards your loved one, there are a few steps of action you may take.

 Visit Often and Become a Part of the Facility’s Family Council

Frequently visiting your loved ones will not only make them happy, but also help you ensure that they are being treated in the right manner. When you catch up with your loved ones, find out if they are receiving proper treatment from the staff. Ask them if they have any concerns regarding anything at the facility. If they do, you can consult the staff and request them to address the problem.

You could also join the facility’s family council if you want to make a significant difference. These councils are set up with the objective of ensuring protection and improving the quality of life of the people residing in the facility. Joining the council will help you directly address your concerns to the facility’s Director of Nurses and/or Administrator.

Choose all the Required Services

Before your loved one moves into the senior living facility, make sure that all the services he/she requires are communicated with the staff. Sometimes residents ask for services that they had previously rejected. Unless your loved one is sick or unable to physically perform a task, facilities are strict about the delivery of their services. However, if your loved one is a victim of biased and unfair treatment from the staff, you must thoroughly understand the kind of abuse he/she has suffered.

The kinds of problems residents may encounter at senior living facility include physical abuse, emotional/verbal abuse, and neglect or lack of care. Signs of physical abuse may include physical restraint of an unreasonable nature, deprivation of water and food, giving them more medication than required, or less than required, forcing the elderly to remain in his/her room, unexplained injuries, etc. Emotional or verbal abuse may include humiliating the elderly, threatening or insulting them, and ignoring their friends and family. Abuse due to negligence includes the staff’s lack of care towards the resident’s medical problems, bed sores, disregard for offering help in daily activities, etc.

 

Keeping Track of Loved Ones in Senior Living

How Can We Monitor Our Loved Ones In An Senior Living Home?

If your parents or other elderly relatives are making their transition into an senior living facility, the process can be rather difficult for them. It is your duty to support and encourage them if they are to enjoy their stay at the facility. Senior citizens can be reluctant to move into senior living residences due to unfamiliarity with the place and the people. It is also true that they will not settle in right away. However, with your help, support, and encouragement, they can find it easier to adapt to their new residence.

Visit Them and Help in Making Friends and Acquaintances

A good number of senior citizens who enter senior living facilities often display disinterest in their new surroundings. Some just sit around in their rooms all day long without engaging in any social activities. If your parents are not loquacious individuals and need help making friends and acquaintances, or are reluctant to make the first move, you can assist them by talking to other residents, or asking the staff about those who may share similar interests as your loved one and introducing them to each other. Socializing in senior living facilities will help your parents get to know people with whom they can spend time during the day. They can engage in various pastime activities that will help them adapt to their new environment with relative ease.

Check with the Authorities

If you want to ensure that your loved one is properly cared for in an senior living facility, you must talk to the wardens, nurses, and other staff members, and ask them if they have any issues concerning your loved one. Also ask them if your loved one is socializing with the other residents or is just idle and alone all the time. Encourage the staff to help your loved one mingle with others in common areas, and to engage in group activities, as this will help them find a new place they can call home. Likewise, if your loved one is unhappy about something at the facility, you must request the staff to make necessary adjustments.

If your loved one is in regular need of medical attention, and the administration is outside the facility’s jurisdiction, you must drive them to their doctor to ensure that their condition is monitored. The first few weeks can be difficult for your loved one and yourself, but as time passes, you will realize that the move worked out best for both parties.