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We hope you enjoy this resource about tips and guidance for seniors and their families for their journey, ideas for living actively and well and insights into living at Ecumenical. Visit often as we share information regularly. And feel free to comment on any that interest you most.

How to be ready when a loved one needs an Alzheimer’s care facility

February 11, 2024
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

“I need to get my stepdad placed ASAP. He has dementia and cannot stay at home any longer. He is 85 and mom is 84. It is deteriorating her health by caring for him.” We hear pleas like this every day, adult children urgently looking for an Alzheimer’s care facility for their aging parent. That’s why it is so important to start planning early, without the emotional stress and immediate need for dementia care.

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Safety Measures in Dementia Care Homes Give Peace of Mind to Residents’ Families

June 29, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Peace of mind is why many families of loved ones with memory issues choose dementia care homes. Keeping the person with dementia safe is often too difficult to do at home. Dementia care homes are designed to provide memory support in a safe and secure environment.

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Alzheimer’s: After the Diagnosis & Before Choosing Memory Care Facilities

May 22, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is overwhelming. There is no cure and as the disease progresses, it causes cognitive and functional decline and impacts quality of life. It is important to allow time to grieve and mourn while accepting a diagnosis of dementia, not just for the person with Alzheimer’s but family members as well. Here are tips to help guide your planning before you need to consider memory care facilities.

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Sandwich Generation: Dementia Care Facilities Can Help

April 27, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

More than one-fourth of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are ‘sandwich generation’ caregivers—caring for someone with dementia and a child or grandchild at the same time, according to a report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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“Mom Has Dementia. What Now?” The Keys to Compassionate Senior Memory Support

March 17, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

The signs are there, even as you try to wish them away. Mom seems a bit more forgetful lately, and is much more irritable these days, too. She always went through the list of her children’s names before she finally remembered yours. But she isn’t keeping up with personal care like bathing and brushing her teeth. How can you provide the compassionate senior memory support she needs?

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Finding Alzheimer’s Resources in Pennsylvania

February 22, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Dementia is a family disease, affecting more than the loved one with memory loss. When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it’s important to know where to turn for support and information. Here are tips for finding Alzheimer’s resources in Pennsylvania.

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Harrisburg, PA Memory Support That Feels Like Home

January 20, 2023
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

When someone you love needs more care for memory support than you can provide, you want to make sure that the retirement community you choose feels as much like home as possible. This can create a smoother transition for all involved.

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How is The Validation Method Used in Dementia Care Homes?

December 12, 2022
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

While a cure for dementias like Alzheimer’s disease currently is not available, there are techniques to help manage symptoms and enhance quality of life. The Validation Method is a process that works by entering the reality of the person with dementia. In dementia care homes, the Validation Method can help caregivers connect with the person with dementia in a respectful and empathetic way to reduce confusion and anxiety.

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Friendship Suites Bring Companionship to Harrisburg, PA Memory Support

November 17, 2022
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Life is better with a friend. That’s what residents of Ecumenical Retirement Community’s Harrisburg, PA Memory Support community are discovering.

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What’s the Difference Between Dementia Care Homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities?

October 15, 2022
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Do you have a loved one with memory loss who needs long-term support? When considering your options, it is important to know that there is a difference between dementia care homes and skilled nursing facilities.

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