Picking the Right Assisted Living Facility for an Elderly Loved One with Dementia

Coping with dementia is, naturally, a hard thing to do. But it is, perhaps, harder for the family members of a person suffering from dementia to wrap their heads around the changing shape and mannerism of their loved one. After all, you are not a person who has any professional training or knowledge regarding what to do with, or how to treat a person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or any other kind of dementia. Additionally, the ordeal becomes a lot more difficult to manage when it’s a loved one, or a family member, or a friend, because in this care your emotional involvement might get in the way of logic and entice to you to make irrational decisions—which, while made with good intentions serve no purpose other than complicate matters for your loved ones.

The best option would be to find a residential senior living community near you which has professionals on board, who have been trained in the field and know best how to extend a helping hand to individuals with dementia.

Provided in this blog are a few things we suggest you look into carefully before finally settling on a senior living community.

The Location

Two things come into play here: the proximity of the area to your own residence and the laws of the area in which the facility is located. The principal objective should be to ensure that the facility is located in the same state as you so that you can pay frequent visits to your loved ones, and through these regular visits keep them grounded to reality. Also consider the amount of medical assistance your loved one needs. Find out more about the allowances and terms that are California specific here.

The Size of the Facility

You’re looking for comfort and you won’t find it in a facility that is tiny in size, as you may be sure it will be housing quite a number of members. These dynamics also affect the services that are provided therein since the team will be understaffed, overworked, and provide unsatisfactory performance. We suggest find a facility with one staffer for each 5 or 6 members, which is manageable.

The Services

A senior living community is only as good as the services that it offers. Find out as much as you can about the amenities and facilities that are being offered, some of which might include:

  • The kind and timing of meals
  • Sports
  • Avenues for socializing
  • Personalized care
  • Entertainment
  • Health care

Think in terms of enhanced and improved quality of living, with services that are specifically tailored to serve all specific needs that might arise with the various members.

Looking for a Senior Living Community near Van Nuys?

Discuss with us at AvantGarde Senior Living your problems, requirements, and concerns. We offer various options of living which include independent living, assisted living, and memory care. We specialize in providing customized care and are well known for providing a number of facilities to our members, such as sports, theatre, transportation, etc.

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As we age, our body’s functions deteriorate at several levels. We may be faced with changes in our musculoskeletal or cardiovascular health, we may experience restricted mobility. While these are all experiences that we can try to prepare for mentally and with our habits, what most seniors do not prepare for is age-related muscle loss, also known as sacropenia.

Sacropenia can start as early as 30 years in some cases and can cause a decrease of up to 5% muscle mass each decade.

Symptoms and Causes

Sacropenia may result in a reduction of the body’s ability to convert protein into energy. This may also lead to a decrease in muscle size and a loss of muscle fibers. The loss in energy may induce weakness, a decreased in stamina and may lead to a reduction in physical activity. Those suffering from sacropenia may also experience low levels of hormones, difficulty in maintaining balance and climbing stairs.

Sacropenia has the potential to greatly impact and impair a person’s functionality. Hence, it is crucial that a regular fitness regimen be in place to help you recover from the loss of muscle mass. Here are a few recommendations.

Ensuring Proper Nutritional Intake

As we age, our body’s daily calorie requirement lowers but we still need several other nutritional needs to account for. A balanced diet that includes lean protein, nuts, greens such as broccoli and spinach as well as food that is plentiful in calcium is a pre-requisite of a healthy diet for seniors. It is also crucial to take multivitamins daily and ensure that you are hydrated sufficiently.

Increase Reps, Not Weights

Increasing weights may lead to overexertion. Rely instead, on increasing the number of reps per exercise so that each muscle group is worked sufficiently to retain its mass. Break away from the typical pattern of 10 reps per set and work each muscle until you begin to feel fatigue.man exercising in gym


Recovery Time Is Important!

According to research, it is more difficult for us to recover our muscles after a workout when we are older, as opposed to when we are younger. This means that older adults may subject themselves to the risks of overtraining, increasing their chances of overexertion and injury. It is therefore recommended that the workouts be spaced with rest days in between. Another way to ensure that you give yourself enough time to recover is by alternating between strength training and cardio workouts.

Looking for a senior living facility that helps seniors age healthily? Reach out to AvantGarde.

AvantGarde is a senior living facility and retirement community in Tarzana, CA that provides services in assisted living, elder care and memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Book a tour at the AvantGarde facility, by calling (818) 881-0055 or visit their website for an online tour!


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