The Faces of Flower Mound

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I’m so honored to have been chosen as one of The Faces of Flower Mound. This was such a fun interview!

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Family Feedback – Why we LOVE what we do!

Receiving feedback like this from families is why I LOVE what I do! 😍 IMG_3038

This sweet daughter was worried about moving her 92 year old dad from the retirement community he had lived in for 8 years. Sadly, he’d had a stroke that left him wheelchair bound and in need of assistance with bathing, dressing, etc. Transitioning to a higher level of care is an emotional experience during normal times…but for an additional challenge, add in a pandemic!😬

As I learned more about this gentleman, his needs and personality, I knew a care home would be a perfect option. I connected his daughter with Davis Family Elder Care a beautiful residential care home that provides outstanding care.

The family fell in love with the home and the super sweet owner, Jennifer Davis. They decided a care home was the perfect fit and moved dad in last week! We had a few logistic challenges that popped up, but we easily found solutions through our vast network of senior services.

My day was made yesterday when I received this text from the daughter. How wonderful that her dad is being cared for so well that he thinks he’s in a resort… and just imagine the peace of mind his daughter has now.❤️

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Lori Williams – Senior Services works with senior living communities throughout DFW, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Homes. We guide you through the often confusing maze of senior housing and services to help find the best solution for you or your senior loved one. This is a free service.

Residential Care Homes

 

Residential Care Homes are a great alternative to a large Assisted Living, Memory Care or even Nursing Home. Care homes typically have 3-8 residents…some of the larger ones can accommodate up to 20 residents. The cost of a care home is typically less than the larger communities, which is a benefit for those families who are budget conscious.

Please view the attached video to learn more about Residential Care Homes. We have partnered with many excellent homes throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We are here to answer your questions and help you locate a care home for your loved one.

 

Snack Carts, Parades, Wellness Checks – how senior communities are keeping their residents socially connected during quarantine.

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We miss our friends, eating out at restaurants, shopping, plus everything else that we take for granted in our normal lives. As hard as it is on us, our senior population has been hit the hardest. The elderly and those with health issues are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Senior communities are doing their best to keep residents safe by practicing social distancing, having meals delivered to their apartments, and not allowing contact with family and friends outside of the community. The unfortunate “side-effect” to social distancing can be depression and an overall decline in health.

To combat this, senior communities are thinking outside of the box and coming up with creative ideas to uplift spirits and help ensure that their residents know that they have not been forgotten by the outside world. They are using technology, such as Zoom and Facebook Live to connect seniors with their daughters, sons and grandchildren. Calls and “wellness checks” are made to each senior on a daily basis. Snack and Happy Hour Carts, which are rolled down the halls …kind of like their own personal Ice Cream Truck! Social distancing Bingo, Scavenger Hunts, Dance parties, etc. One community even had a social distancing Easter Parade, where people from the local community drove their cars around the building, honking and holding up signs of love and encouragement. I had the pleasure of participating in this parade, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the crowd.

The media reports on COVID-19 cases in senior communities, but what they fail to fullsizeoutput_9303mention are the people who are working long hours in these communities, doing everything they can to keep their residents physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. The majority of people who work in senior living, do so because they have a true passion and love of seniors. When you spend each day working in a senior community you become bonded to your residents…they become family.

Let’s send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone working in senior living – including ALL
of the staff from Sales, Admin, Activities, Servers, Cooks, Housekeepers, Nurses, Aides, Maintenance and anyone else I may have forgotten to mention. These AMAZING people are all essential workers and are making a difference in the lives of seniors!

 

Do you have questions about senior housing or services? We are here to help! Call 214-783-1222 or complete the contact form below and a representative will be in touch.

Ruby’s Story

This week I had the opportunity to witness the senior community working together to make a difference in the life of one lady. It began with a call to me from the local senior center asking if I could help an 86 year old lady who needed to move to a senior community immediately. No small feat during the COVID-19 quarantine! I contacted the lady – I will refer to her as Ruby to protect her privacy. She had been living with family members, but it was a toxic situation that was quickly reaching a boiling point.

Ruby no longer drives and her family members refused to help her in her search for a senior community.  As Ruby and I talked, I realized the best type of community would be an Independent Living that provides three meals per day, transportation, housekeeping and social interaction. The challenge was her budget, which was on the lower side of the range for Independent Living. I made some calls, and found a community that was close to her desired area and could work with her budget. Yay!

The next obstacle to conquer was touring in the times of COVID-19. Communities are doing Virtual Tours, which are wonderful, except Ruby didn’t have a computer or smart phone. Between the sales person at the community and myself, we described the community to her. Ruby loved the sound of it, and decided to move forward. Next obstacle, moving her furniture. Again, thanks to COVID-19 some moving companies are currently not scheduling moves to senior communities. I reached out to my senior community network, and connected with a mover that would pack and move Ruby, and best of all work within her budget.

Today was Ruby’s moving day, and it went off without a hitch. I just spoke with her to see how she is settling in, and she said “my apartment is beautiful and everyone has been so nice. ” She arrived in time for lunch, which was delivered to her door, and she told me her dinner had just arrived, but she was still full from lunch! However, she is looking forward to reheating it in her microwave and eating it later. She excitedly told me that she had ordered a hamburger, because it had been years since she last had one. Ruby will need to quarantine in her apartment for the next 14 days, precautions that all senior communities are taking right now. She told me she can’t wait to go outside and check out her new home!

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I’m so thankful to have played a part in Ruby’s transition to senior living. Sometimes it’s a bit like putting a puzzle together, as you line up all the resources to ensure a successful move. The reward is knowing that Ruby is now in a place where she feels safe and can thrive.

Do you have questions about senior living or services? My team and I are available to answer your questions, and help you or your family member make the move to senior living. We will be with you every step of the way.

Contact Lori Williams – Senior Services. 214-783-1222.

Independent Living – Assisted Living – Memory Care – Group Homes

 

 

 

Senior Housing & Services – We are Open!

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SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES ARE STILL ACCEPTING NEW RESIDENTS. There are many safeguards in place to keep their current residents, as well as potential new residents safe from COVID-19. Many communities have gotten very creative and are doing virtual tours via Facebook Live and recorded tours of the community sent out via email.

Our seniors still need housing and services, now more than ever. I am in close contact each day with senior communities – Retirement Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Homes. I can help you find the best fit for your needs or the needs of a senior family member.

GET HELP TODAY! ☎️ 214-783-1222
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The Search for Memory Care – Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Loved One

If you have a family member diagnosed with dementia, you may have already started the search for a memory care community. This can be a daunting task, as there are many different options to choose from, with a wide range in pricing.IMG_0007 How do you determine which community is the best fit for your family member’s needs and fits their budget?

This is where we can help! We educate you on the options – there are standalone Memory Care communities, Assisted Living/Memory Care combinations, and Residential Care Homes, also known as Group Homes. Our team visits each community, knows the reputation, pricing and the unique features offered at each one.

Here’s an example of a family we recently helped find the perfect solution for their unique needs.

Jan was diagnosed with dementia, and had been living alone in her home with her daughter’s help. She had continued to decline to the point where she wasn’t safe living alone. Jan needed help with bathing, dressing and taking her medications. Jan was a retired schoolteacher, and was very reserved and quiet. She was uncomfortable in large crowds, preferring one-on-one interactions. Spending time in her garden had always been her passion and she needed a community where she could still have the gardening experience and be able to spend time outdoors. Financially, she had a teacher’s pension and the income from her home. A decent income, but not enough to afford one of the larger memory cares.

SOLUTION: Because Jan was more of a homebody and she had a modest budget, we quickly determined that a residential care home would be a perfect fit. We knew of a home that was close to her daughter’s house, had a beautiful backyard with a patio and a garden, and was licensed for 8 residents. Jan’s daughter toured the home and loved the caregivers and that it was more of a home-like environment, which was perfect for her mom. Jan moved in last month and she is thriving. She loves sitting outside and has even helped plant some flowers. Her daughter is thrilled, and feels a huge sense of relief knowing that her mom is in a safe environment.

Our team covers the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Our mission is to provide you with the information and resources you need to decide on a memory care community. Our service is completely free to seniors and their families.

Get Help Today! Contact Lori Williams at 214-783-1222.

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Senior Housing & Services – Putting the Pieces Together

  • IMG_0003How do I know if my mom needs Independent Living or Assisted Living?
  • How do we pay for senior housing?
  • My mom needs someone to take her to doctor appointments and to the senior center.
  • My husband has dementia and I need a break.
  • I’m ready to downsize, but I’m overwhelmed by all my stuff.

These are frequently asked questions and concerns. Whether you are transitioning into senior housing or staying in your home with services, finding the right solution can be a bit like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.

Ruth and Jim are a perfect example of this. This sweet couple has been married for over 50 years. Ruth was diagnosed with Dementia 5 years ago, and Jim stepped into the role of being her caregiver. Jim helped Ruth with everything – showering, dressing, brushing her teeth, etc. Ruth had gotten to the point where she was resistant to showering and was getting up all night long, leaving Jim exhausted, frustrated and sleep deprived.

After our consultation with Jim, we scheduled a Home Care/Personal Assistance Service to meet with him. He quickly hired them to provide a sitter a few days a week for Ruth, giving him a much needed break, so he could get some rest and focus on the next step in her care. We also provided Jim with information on three memory care communities and scheduled appointments for him to visit each of them. Jim selected his favorite community, and decided to have Ruth try out their day stay program. She began going there one day a week, and after a couple of months Jim decided it was time to make the community Ruth’s new home. Stepping out of the role of caregiver and back into the role of husband has been a huge relief for Jim.

Ruth and Jim are a perfect example of fitting pieces in a puzzle, as they made the transition for Ruth into a memory care community.

  • Maybe you are ready to sell your house and move to Independent Living
  • Maybe you want to stay in your house, but need someone to help you with transportation to your doctor
  • Maybe your story is similar to Ruth and Jim’s.

We are here to be YOUR senior guide, and help you fit all the pieces of your puzzle together. 

Complete the contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

 

Your Loved One Has Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s – NOW WHAT?

shutterstock_690827047You’ve hoped this day wouldn’t come. You are overwhelmed with emotion as the doctor delivers the diagnosis. Anger. Panic. Sadness. A blur of questions run through your mind.

  • How will I take care of mom while working full time and taking care of my children?
  • Will my husband forget who I am?
  • Is dad safe living at home alone? Should he still be driving?
  • I don’t have the patience to be a caregiver. What am I going to do?

If you have not been personally effected by Alzheimer’s, odds are you know someone who has. Check out these sobering facts from the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th LEADING cause of death in the United States.
  • Every 65 SECONDS someone in the United States develops the disease.
  • 1 in 3 SENIORS dies with Alzheimer’s or another Dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • More than 16 MILLION Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

Educating yourself on this disease is key. An excellent resource is the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org. 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900. They can direct you to a local support group.

There are many excellent books on Alzheimer’s, three of my favorites are “Creating Moments of Joy” by Jolene Brackey; “The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss” by Johns Hopkins University Press; “Alzheimer’s Through the Stages: A Caregivers Guide” by Althea Press. You can click the book image(s) below to order directly through Amazon.

What care options are available?

  • Day Stay – some churches offer programs – usually one day a week for 4 hours. Check with Senior Centers too. Some Memory Care communities also offer Day Stay.
  • Home Care/Personal Assistance Service – caregivers can provide many services from companionship to bathing/dressing, etc. Be sure to select one that trains their caregivers in the proper care of people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Assisted Living/Memory Care/Residential Care Homes – senior living options that provide dementia care. Different options to fit varying levels of care and budgets.

Do you need help creating a plan to care for your family member? Complete the form below and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Home for the Holidays – 5 Signs Your Aging Family Members May Need Help

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One of my clients, Jamie, always traveled to her hometown in the Midwest for Thanksgiving to see her mom. She would have loved to visit more often, but as is the case with many of us, there isn’t time between work and raising kids, not to mention the expense of traveling. Her mom, a retired schoolteacher had always been a social butterfly, witty, outgoing and very involved in her church and women’s groups. On her last visit, Jamie had noticed some changes in her mom, but chalked it up to the fact that she was 82 and it was normal for her to begin slowing down. On her visit home last Thanksgiving, she was alarmed by how much her mom had changed. This once vibrant woman, was no longer participating in activities or going to church. Always well groomed, her hair had grown out and her clothes hung on her making it obvious that she had lost weight. Jamie was devastated to see the decline in her mom, and wondered how she had missed the signs.

Jamie is not alone. It’s hard to know what signs to look for – how do you know what’s normal aging and what’s not? When visiting aging family members over the holidays, be aware of any changes in these five areas.

  • Physical Change – weight loss, loss of mobility, tripping or shuffling their feet. Do you notice mom or dad’s clothes are hanging on them? Has dad always been physically active, but is now struggling with going up and down the stairs? Does mom seem unsteady on her feet? Does she hold on to furniture as she walks?
  • Personal Hygiene/Messy House – not bathing regularly, wearing the same clothes for days, house filled with clutter/newspapers/magazines, expired or moldy food in the fridge, burned pots and pans. If your mom once kept an immaculate home, and now the house is a mess that is a red flag. Maybe she physically can no longer keep up with the house and grocery shopping.
  • Memory – confusion, repeating themselves, forgetting names of family members, unpaid or overpaid bills, inability to follow a conversation, getting lost when driving. One of my clients shared that during a visit home, her mother cooked breakfast for the family. She heated and then served ham to everyone, but she had never actually turned the stove on, and ended up serving cold ham. She never realized her error.
  • Mood/Agitated – changes in behavior could be dementia or depression. For example, your normally jovial and outgoing dad is withdrawn and quiet. Or your sweet, easy going mom is snapping at everyone.
  • Damage to the car – unexplained dents and dings to the car. Maybe there have been changes to their vision, or a physical condition has worsened. Giving up the car is one of the toughest decision for any senior, but it may be time to have that conversation.

Jamie saw many of these red flags, and knew she had to find help for her mother. When she started digging in and asking questions, she learned that her mom had developed macular degeneration and had lost a dear friend in a short period of time. Due to her change in vision, driving was becoming difficult for her, and she didn’t want to ask anyone for help. She was also depressed over the loss of her friend. Depression is very common in seniors, and can cause them to become isolated and withdrawn.

By expressing her concern in a nonconfrontational manner, Jamie learned that her mom wanted to relocate to a senior community near her, but didn’t know how to start the conversation. She was concerned that she would be a burden. Today Jamie’s mom is thriving in an Independent Living community …all of her meals and transportation are provided, and they even have an on-site beauty salon, where she has her hair styled every week! She has had the opportunity to meet others and engage in all types of activities. Jamie is delighted to see her mom once again living her life to the fullest.

If you notice any of these red flags, please contact Lori Williams – Senior Services. We educate and guide families through the maze of senior housing and resources. No need to try to figure this out on your own. Let us save you time and stress.

*Call Lori at 214-783-1222 to schedule your no-cost consultation.

This is always a free service for seniors and their families.

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Lori Williams is the owner of Lori Williams – Senior Services, LLC. She is an expert in senior housing, and has served seniors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 12+ years.

Voted Best of Denton County 2019.

 

 

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