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As we get older, aging in place is something that people begin talking about more and more often. Families try to keep grandma home for as long as possible. Or dad does not want to leave the home he has lived in for the past 50 years. Most people pray that they can grow old gracefully at home, independent and living a life of quality.
There are definite benefits of staying in ones home for as long as a person is able. They feel more independent, they are comfortable with their surroundings and the walls themselves bring back years of wonderful memories. However, it is important to realize that not everyone is able to remain at home due to physical and mental conditions that limit their ability to remain independent or jeopardize their health.
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) most injuries to older adults are attributed to falls in the home. In addition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than one-third of Americans aged 65 and older will experience a fall each year and nearly 16,000 of those people will die as a result of those falls.
Therefore recognizing the physical limitations of our loved ones is extremely important. How is their balance? Do they get dizzy when they stand up? Are they able to go up and down stairs easily and on solid footing? If they use a walker or cane do they remember to use it consistently?
What is often harder to determine is if a loved one is mentally able to age in place in their own home or if, because of their memory loss they need more daily assistance. According to the NCIPC after falls, burns and poisonings in the elderly are the next main causes for serious injuries and deaths.
Burns in the elderly are prevalent because as we age or reaction time begins to slow. In addition, due to lapses in memory they may accidentally leave a burner on or put the wrong item in the microwave and not be mentally capable of remembering the proper steps to take care of the problem (call 911, vacate the house etc…). In fact, the elderly are currently the fastest growing age group at risk for fire deaths.
Another item to consider is a loved one’s mental ability to manage medications. According to the Alliance for Aging Resource the elderly are six times more like to have an adverse drug interaction, due to accidentally mixing-up their medications, taking too many pills at one time or not taking them as directed, which is why poisoning is also high on the risk list. Adding to this risk is if your loved one has memory loss issues, if so they are at even greater risk as they may not remember that Windex is for windows and not for drinking and may not know what do if they ingest the wrong substance.
As caregivers it is easy to focus on the walls and memories that surround the person, because they are our memories too. However, we forget that memories are not kept by walls, but in our heart and by the people, pictures and items that you surround your loved one with.
By staying focused on our loved one’s abilities, safety and quality of life you can determine that no matter how long your loved one ages, the place they do it in will be a benefit to them and feel like home.
My father has been here only a little over 2 months. The positive change in him has been DRAMATIC! I would HIGHLY recommend Azura........ I would give it 10 stars if they allowed it! This is the premier facility for any family member with cognitive issues! They do treat residents like family, believe it!
Review posted by Stephen Diedrich
The staff at Oak Creek are all fabulous! It takes special people to care for our loved ones. If has been a trying year for all and the staff at oak creek get a shout out for their kindness and compassion they give to my mom and the others. They have all gone above and beyond to make things seem as normal as possible for my mom! All of the staff have been so helpful and kind! They are all fabulous!!
Review posted by Mary Kubacki
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse
Review posted by Gail Sommers & Deborah Guse
Just moved my sister-in-law to Azura Stoughton on February 12th. I feel like I’ve found a little piece of dementia heaven. The staff has gone way beyond my expectations to meet her needs and take time to know her. Anyone who has dementia deserves the TLC they receive at Azura. I’m so impressed.
Review posted by Gail Aaroen
Thank you to the Azura Memory Care team, Sheboygan location for the amazing, loving care they provided my dad. They truly loved and cared for my dad as if he was their own. It is such a warm, loving, family environment I only wish we would have moved my dad there years earlier!
Review posted by Patti Bunch
Review posted by Ron Paxson
I have enjoyed working with patients at Azura Care as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The staff has been very helpful in sharing important information about the patients to make their therapy sessions as productive as possible. They are open to learning techniques to help keep patients safe and improve their ability to perform daily tasks with less assistance. Their interactions with patients show caring and compassion with a focus on the needs of each individual to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Review posted by Barb Eisenberg
The journey of caregiving for my Aunt started over 4 years ago. It has been a very long difficult journey. It is hard to watch and frustrating to watch a loved one decline, as well as for them to live the decline. My Aunt found her final peace at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan. It was not only her peace but mine as well. I no longer had to worry about her care as I could see that she was loved by her Azura family. She passed away on June 21 and they knew how important that it was for me to be there, but I also found peace that if I was not there, she was with family that loved her. No words can express the appreciation for the care, compassion and love that they have for all their residents. God has opened many doors through my journey and the doors at Azura were truly a gift from God. This family made a difference in a long journey. I will always have them in my thoughts and prayers. They are where and doing what they are meant to do!
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