Is Respite Care The Answer For Your Family?

Are you a caretaker, but your own health is failing? Do you need more time to recover following a hospital stay or surgery? Are you thinking about making the move to a senior living community, but aren’t sure whether it’s right for you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you or your loved one may be a good candidate for a respite stay. Respite programs provide short-term breaks for family caregivers or

Not All Memory Loss is the Same

Remember that time a woman in the post office ran over to you, gave you a big hug and asked about your children? You had no idea who she was, yet it was pretty clear that she knew you. OK, maybe you don’t remember, but don’t jump to conclusions. Not all memory loss is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Memory problems and other symptoms of cognitive decline can range from the natural forgetfulness of normal

Evaluating a Memory Care Community: Tips when exploring options

The emotional roller coaster of guilt, concern, regret, and the plethora of other feelings that go along with being a caregiver for someone with dementia and realizing that their continued health, welfare, and yours is in jeopardy is one of the most difficult realizations. Once the decision has been reached to look for a memory care community the next questions is what criteria to look at. In Massachusetts, there are many residential options where an

Three Important Questions to Ask While Touring Memory Care Communities

Searching for a quality memory care community for a loved one often comes at a time of need. It can be overwhelming to make an important decision for a loved one during such a time, but with a little prior knowledge and a few vital questions, an informed choice may be made. Three questions to ask while visiting a memory care community: What levels of care does this community provide? The ever-evolving symptoms of a

Special Occasions and Holidays with a Loved One with Memory Loss

Celebrating special occasions and holidays with a loved one with memory loss may require improvising new ways of carrying out family traditions, accepting that what once brought pleasure may yield only frustration, and that the stress of care giving can seem overwhelming. Especially during the holiday season, caregivers may feel frustrated, sad or resentful. These emotions are completely normal and not a sign that you are failing in some way. Accept these emotions as they

Live in the Moment at Bayshore Memory Care

Chris Casey, Director of Life Enrichment at Bayshore Memory Care in Naples, Florida, has been with the community since it opened in November, 2015. Chris has an extensive background in recreation, activities and fitness, working with youth and seniors for over thirty years. Chris has the honor of managing and coordinating the Life Enrichment department at Bayshore Memory Care, including the Heartfelt  Connections Memory Care Program. According to Chris, the Heartfelt Connections Memory Care Program