Where To Begin - Kemper House

Where to Begin

These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from our residents and their families. There are many questions relating to Alzheimer’s and Dementia and we are here to help you navigate these and help you get the answers you are looking for. If there is something we didn’t cover here please contact us at our Strongsville or Highland Heights location and we will be happy to help you.

What are some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease?

There are several signs of early Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association lists them as:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life (forgetting dates, asking the same questions over and over)
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems (not able to balance a checkbook or follow a familiar recipe)
  3. Confusion to time and place (they may forget where they are or why they are there)
  4. New problems with words or writing (they may not join in on a conversation like they used to or have trouble finding the right word to use)
  5. Changes in judgment and decision making (may pay less attention to grooming and keeping themselves clean)
  6. Changes in mood or personality (may experience sudden depression, become easily upset, bouts of confusion, suspicious)

What care options are available for my loved one with Alzheimer’s disease?

There are so many options available today for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease than there were 20 years ago. There are home care agencies that can come into your home to care for your loved one. There are also Adult Day Care services where your loved one can spend the day while you’re at work or away, and Residential Care Facilities that specialize in caring for individuals in all stages of the disease. The important thing is you never want to wait for a “crisis” to happen before you decide what type of care you want for your loved one. Plan ahead.

What is the difference between an Alzheimer’s Assisted Living and a regular Assisted Living?

A facility that specializes in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia has staff specially trained to care for your loved one. The facility is typically secured for safety, but designed to allow wandering in a safe environment. There are activities and social programs designed to meet the needs of someone with memory impairment. This makes a huge difference in the quality of life for someone with the disease. Also, some facilities won’t care for all stages of the disease. Kemper House cares for all stages, as well as, all types of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Look at Dementia as the “big umbrella”. Dementia is the disease or the symptom. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. However, there are many other causes as well like Parkinson’s disease or a stroke. Dementia is impairment of thinking and memory that directly interferes with a person’s abilities to do things they used to be able to do.

Is Alzheimer’s disease inherited?

All illnesses are caused by either the environment or genes or both. With Alzheimer’s disease in general, of all the people who went to a memory clinic, only 5 percent had the strongly inherited form of the disease.

Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?

No, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, yet. There are, however, drug treatments that have been developed and continue to emerge. These can slow the progression of the disease or assist in controlling symptoms.

Ask the Expert

Is it age, or Alzheimer’s?

Q: I’ve started noticing some memory slips by my mother. Though I talk to her every day, I feel helpless in determining if these are signs of dementia or just the fading memory of an 85-year-old. She lives alone in her home. How can I begin looking for a facility from so far away?

How to keep your aging parents safe at home.

Q: My father, who lives with us, is in the early stages of dementia. Last week he left a burner on while I was gone. How do I make my home safer for him?

Alzheimer’s takes a toll on caregivers

Q: How can those caring for Alzheimer’s patients take care of themselves?

Alzheimer’s and dementia: Managing the transition

Q: What can be done specifically to ease the transition into a long-term care facility?

Is it time to put mom in a long-term care facility?

Q: My mom suffers from dementia. Her short-term memory is severely impaired and she has been showing signs of aggression and increased confusion. I think it’s time to look for a facility for her. How do I move her in? Do I tell her?

Identifying the signs of Alzheimer’s

Q: My 85-year-old mother-in-law has only recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Just over the past week her behavior has swung from agitated to depressed to aggressive, all of which are totally out of character for her. Do you have any ideas on how I can best manage these unpredictable mood swings?

Q & A

What qualifies Kemper House to call itself a “leader” in dementia care?

Kemper House is a “way of living” for our residents, so every aspect of our care focuses on how to continue life as the resident would choose. Accommodating each resident’s unique personality traits and gifts is a creative goal we enjoy setting! We support our family members’ desire for continued involvement in caring for their loved one, and view them as valuable assets in planning the most personalized care possible for each resident. Dementia care–it’s what we do, it’s what we devote ourselves to–and we never stop focusing on excellence!

What is unique about Kemper House’s social programming? Does it really enhance the residents’ daily lives?

At Kemper House, we know that a sense of fun and enjoyment of life is important for all of our residents. Our Lifestyles social programming isn’t just about scheduled events, but meaningful tasks and interactions throughout the day, evening, and sometimes nighttime! The Lifestyles program is truly the heart of Kemper House and reaches out to each individual regardless of stage in the disease process. In addition to stimulating activities, providing an atmosphere of acceptance, belonging, and importance for each resident is the core of our Lifestyles program.

What are Kemper House’s special features that enhance the quality of life for residents with dementia?

Kemper House is a freestanding licensed residential care facility dedicated entirely to dementia care. Every aspect of the resident’s environment was thoughtfully considered in the design. Among many special features are open, uninterrupted walking paths that promote an important sense of freedom for our residents. Our lovely, spacious suites with private walk-in showers provide the warmth and dignity residents and their family’s desire.

Will it ever be necessary to move my loved one to another facility? Have any residents ever been asked to leave the facility due to care needs and behavior problems?

Kemper House is specifically designed to care for persons in all stages of dementia, including end of life care. We expect and anticipate significant increases in our residents’ care needs over time, and it is our desire to care for each resident permanently. We will openly and honestly share with you the limited circumstances under which we cannot care for a resident.

What sets Kemper House apart from other facilities that say they can care for dementia?

Although many places have a mission statement, at Kemper House we live our philosophy. For us, it’s personal. Our team is trained to see residents not as sick or ill, but as people with talents, gifts, and abilities. We are here to help the residents live out the rest of their lives in a fulfilling and meaningful manner.

Kemper House is also different because it is one of few places that exclusively care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for the rest of their lives. It is not our usual policy to transfer your loved one to a nursing home once they require heavy care as the disease progresses.

What is the cost structure of care at Kemper House?

Kemper House offers a simple, all-inclusive daily rate. Call today for our current rates.

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