Memory Care

Intern gains life lessons on retirement living and memory support

Intern gains life lessons on retirement living and memory support

When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my PR experiences and skills, but I never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health, and memory fitness.

Men are moving into memory care units at a 14% faster pace than women, referral service finds

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Men have been moving into memory care units at a faster rate than women, and providers are adjusting their services to this demographic shift, according to findings released Wednesday by a large senior care referral service.

A tradition gets updated

A tradition gets updated

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Hannah B.G. Shaw Home for the Aged gets with the times by expanding the rural site that once was the Shaw home.

Family alleges long-term care facility banned them due to social media posts, files lawsuit

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Family members of a Texas long-term care resident have sued the facility where she lives, claiming they were banned from visiting due to their social media posts, according to a publication covering legal proceedings in the state.

A building in the 'LEED'

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Benchmark's new community has a high-end beach house vibe and eco-friendly features that put it on the cutting edge of senior care

ISL to manage The Village at Stonebridge

Integral Senior Living has been selected to manage The Village at Stonebridge in McKinney, TX. The facility will open near the end of August, a spokesperson told McKnight's.

Joint Commission adds memory care accreditation

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New memory care accreditation for nursing homes encourages staff to use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care for those with dementia, according to Joint Commission guidelines.

Alzheimer's caregiving: The new normal

Alzheimer's caregiving: The new normal

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I dealt first with my wife's Alzheimer's as a 24/7 caregiver at home, and now as a part-time caregiver and full-time advocate since her placement in the dementia wing of an assisted living facility in September. One of the many things I have learned through these years is that each new AD decline in behavior and/or skills always leads to a "new normal" period for us.

HJ Sims closes $5.4 million loan in Arkansas

HJ Sims has announced the closing of a $5.4 million loan for Arkansas-based Fox Ridge Management for three senior living communities in the Little Rock area.

Siryj to revamp memory care at Oak Trace

Siryj to revamp memory care at Oak Trace

Luba Siryj has been hired at Oak Trace in Downers Grove as the new memory care manager. Her responsibilities will include creating the community's first specialized dementia program.

Berkadia arranges loan

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage announced it had arranged a $49.3 million loan through Fannie Mae for a senior living community in Horsham, PA.

60 seconds with ... NIC's Robert Kramer

60 seconds with ... NIC's Robert Kramer

Q: How did senior housing perform in the last quarter of 2013? A: The numbers overall were good, in terms of continued recovery and strength of market fundamentals. In particular, occupancy was up again, with very strong absorption. It's especially strong in independent living, and that's been a trend in the last year or so.

Greystone closes on senior housing sector's first-ever Freddie Mac revolving credit facility

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A California long-term care provider has become the first to obtain financing through a new revolving credit facility for senior housing offered by Freddie Mac.

The need to drill down into seniors housing data

The need to drill down into seniors housing data

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About a year from now, the story coming out of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry conference will be around how operators are clutching their pearls about the decline in assisted living occupancy.

Build to serve local needs, NIC leader advises long-term care operators

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Increasing demand for long-term care means that operators can realize solid returns on new construction, but they must gauge the potential for success on a market-by-market basis, according to the leader of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

Family communication found  important for memory care

Family communication found important for memory care

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Taking the time to learn a dementia resident's life story is an essential tool in managing behavior in a memory care unit, an expert said in July.

60 seconds with ... Alzheimer's expert Jason Karlawish, M.D.

60 seconds with ... Alzheimer's expert Jason Karlawish, M.D.

Q: The Alzheimer's Association annual conference took place in mid-July. As an expert in the disease, what did you find the most noteworthy takeaway?

Beyond memory care

Beyond memory care

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There has been a trend of late to refer to specialized care of individuals with dementia as "memory care." I understand the need for a quick, catchy title for a new product or service line in long-term care, but I worry about the message this one may send and the mindset it might create in management, families and employees. Here's why.

'Happy days' here again

'Happy days' here again

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Georgia memory care unit uses 1950s-era design elements to cheer residents with reminders of what the local community once was

Memory-impaired focus

Memory-impaired focus

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Facility features coax residents out of their rooms, emphasizing an enjoyable atmosphere and allowing wandering of the grounds.

Dementia researchers identify therapies to improve eating habits, reduce depression

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A particular type of memory training combined with a Montessori-based approach to daily living can decrease depression in dementia patients by improving their eating habits, according to a recent study.

"They know me. They remember who I am."

"They know me. They remember who I am."

The life story is not a "nice to have" document - it is essential to delivering quality. If memory loss begins and progresses, the details of his or her life story would serve as the primary guide for service and care. Here's an example.

Assisted Living Federation of America kicks off annual conference Wednesday near Dallas

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The Assisted Living Federation of America is welcoming top speakers and educators, vendors and providers from around the country to its annual conference Wednesday through next Friday at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, TX. The conference's theme, "Community 2012," will be intertwined into many events for the assisted living, independent living and memory care operators in attendance. Top assisted living management strategies and other hot industry topics will be the subject of educational and general sessions.

'Alive Inside' a viral video

'Alive Inside' a viral video

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Last week, a funny thing happened: For once, I was not the first person I know to post a nursing home-related story to my Facebook page.

Grant money available for nursing home for personalized music programs

The creators of an innovative music therapy program have announced the establishment of a grant-matching program for long-term care facilities interested in starting their own music personalization projects.

Memory care is about nurturing the human spirit

Memory care is about nurturing the human spirit

A new book talks about the importance of connecting with and loving individuals who have dementia.

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