Home Staging Basics for Seniors: Styling Your Loved One’s Home to Sell

Perhaps one of the most time-consuming and stressful aspects of helping a loved one move into a senior living community is selling their prior home. Since a house might be one of your loved one’s greatest sources of funding for their professional care, it’s important to do what you can to sell the home at the best price.

One way to do this is by staging the home and making it more appealing to potential buyers. Home staging can range from keeping living spaces tidy to professional services that spruce and refurnish the home to raise the value and, consequently, buyers’ offers.

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KS, encourages families to learn what resources are available to them to make selling their loved one’s home a smooth and successful process. “When families have the time and resources, it’s best to take the time to downsize efficiently and market their loved one’s...

Therapeutic Fibbing: The Ethics of Lying to Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Most of society would agree that telling the truth is part of our moral responsibility to each other, especially to our parents or spouse. The idea of lying to your loved one may seem cruel or unfair and elicit feelings of guilt. However, if you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, sometimes telling the truth can do more harm than good. 

According to Clarity Pointe Jacksonville’s Executive Director, Amanda S. King, “There are legitimate circumstances when dealing with Alzheimer’s that it’s better to fib than state the truth. Painful truths can cause a loved one to feel anxious, frustrated, stressed and angry. Keeping them from getting upset or acting on harmful behaviors sometimes takes priority over absolute honesty.” 

Why Fibbing Is Viewed as Acceptable Therapy

Years ago, professionals thought it was best to reorient those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to bring them back to...

5 Guidelines for Deciding When It’s Time for Memory Care Assisted Living

For many families, deciding whether or not to move their aging loved one into an assisted living community is extremely difficult. However, when that loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the progression of this degenerative disease eventually makes 24-hour, professional memory care a necessity. For these families, the decision is no longer one of if, but when.

If you’re caring for a loved one with memory loss, you may be struggling with conflicting feelings of guilt and the desire to do what is best. How do you reconcile the pressure of responsibility to care for your loved one yourself with the fear that their needs could soon be beyond what you can handle?

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville, has helped families through this struggle time and time again. “Letting go of caregiver responsibilities is often difficult for family members. But we’ve...

Healthy and Successful Visits with Your Loved One with Memory Loss

“It is understandable yet unfortunate that family members and friends are often apprehensive about visiting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia,” says Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL. “They are not sure what they will find and how the person with memory loss will respond to them.

“Common responses from family and friends include: ‘Will they even know who I am?’ ‘What would I say?’ ‘I don’t know if I want to see them in their current state.’ While it is normal to feel rather anxious about making a visit, social engagement in the form of personal visits and other social stimulation is considered highly beneficial to the well-being of those with memory loss.”

Why Visits Are Highly Beneficial

The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association advise that various forms of social engagement, including personal...

Planning for Future Care Needs: Part III – Wills

“In parts I and II of our series on planning for future care needs, we discussed the purpose of trusts and the overall importance of estate planning,” says Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY. “In this article, we will review the importance of wills.

“As noted by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic, while it's important for everyone to plan for the future, legal plans are especially vital for a person diagnosed with memory loss. The sooner planning begins, the more likely it is that the person with dementia will be able to participate.”

The Importance of Acting Now

As Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia progress, it becomes more challenging to make choices and communicate your wishes regarding care. Eventually, there will come a time when you are no longer able to make financial decisions and sign legal papers. The people...