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Are You at Risk for Caregiver Role Strain?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: caregiving

What Will Dining Be Like at a Senior Solution's Community?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Senior living can be a rewarding and positive experience, and a first-rate dining experience is a key component to resident happiness. Dining is not only important to nutrition and health, but it is also important to social well being. 

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Topics: assisted living nutrition, community tours, healthy balanced diet

4 Strategies That Help with Caregiver Role Strain

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

 

The caregiver is someone who provides care for a person, usually a family member who is ill. This designated caregiver has high expectations placed upon him or her to provide good care and watch out for the safety of the person needing care. Typically, caregivers render care in a home setting, though sometimes, the burdens of care convince caregivers and their families to turn to an assisted living or dementia care community setting.

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Topics: caregiving

How to Deal with Elderly Caregiver Stress

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The caregiver for an elderly family member is often that person's elderly spouse or an adult child with their own children still living at home and a full-time career. Both scenarios can, and frequently do, lead to what's known as elderly caregiver stress. This is especially true if the person being cared for suffers from a long-term progressive disease such as dementia/Alzheimer's disease. People with dementia require high levels of care and support, which unfortunately can result in elderly caregiver stress. In fact, such caregivers are sometimes referred to as invisible second patients, because of the negative physical and psychological impact of the caregiver role.

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Topics: caregiving

At Home/DIY Caregiver Stress Test

Posted by Christina Trentham

Feb 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

People who choose the caregiver role, or who are thrust into it due to family circumstances, can become overwhelmed by the responsibility and begin to suffer from caregiver role strain. Increasingly, elderly dementia/Alzheimer's patients have as their sole caregiver another elderly, fragile spouse who is at risk for his or her own medical problems due to the stress and strain of being the caregiver.

Eldercare researchers have noted several key predictors of strain among dementia-patient caregivers, including care receiver problem behaviors and functional limitations, and a perceived lack of support from others. On the other hand, caregivers who find effective coping tools are better able to see their role in a positive light, recognizing the significant impact they have on the loved one in their care.

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Topics: caregiving

What is Caregiver Role Strain Like and How Do You Defeat It?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Feb 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Anyone that is the primary caregiver for a loved one with a chronic illness, such as dementia/Alzheimer's, takes on a role that can become both physically and psychologically debilitating. "Caregiver role strain" is a term used by medical personnel to describe the symptoms and signs associated with caregiving. It's defined as a situation when caregivers find it hard to perform their roles or feel stressed by situations that include:

  • financial burdens

  • increased responsibilities

  • changes in the family life

  • personal role changes

  • care receiver's behavior and attitude

  • required adjustment in work/career

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Topics: caregiving

Introducing Oakwood Senior Living in Knoxville, Tennessee

Posted by Chris Sides

Feb 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Oakwood Senior Living is the newest addition to Senior Solution’s collection of assisted living and memory care communities. The community was originally built in 1914 as an elementary school and now, it is currently undergoing major renovations and technological upgrades to prepare for its March 2015 opening.

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

Lakewood & River Oaks Place Have Vacancies for 2015

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

As you start this new year, have you thought about the possibility of helping Mom or Dad make the transition to assisted living or a dementia care facility? If this has been weighing on your mind, it may be time to take the first steps by talking to your loved one and scheduling visits to possible communities. At Senior Solutions, we understand how difficult this entire process can be and will work with you to find the perfect one of our Georgia, Tennessee or Florida community's for your loved one.  

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

What to Look for in Evaluating Assisted Living Options in Georgia

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

"Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind." This line, from the famous song "Georgia", was made popular by the legendary Ray Charles. It's the official state song of Georgia, and represents the view’s of millions of people who choose to live in this beautiful state. Georgia is known for its sunny, subtropical climate, mild winters, many lakes and rivers, beautiful forests, and world-class healthcare and other amenities available in the city of Atlanta. It's an increasingly popular choice for those seeking an ideal assisted living environment.

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Topics: Georgia Assisted Living, assisted living

6 Steps to Take When Finding Assisted Living in Tennessee

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Tennessee is a highly desirable state for people of all ages and incomes. It's filled with interesting historical sites, beautiful rivers, lakes and of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tennessee is home to Nashville, the country music capitol of the world, and many famous musicians such as  Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry was founded in 1925 and hosts a weekly concert which has been broadcast on the radio since the 1920s.

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

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