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There are moments during the dementia disease process, where it may seem as if your loved one is getting better. Perhaps on a sunny day you take your Mom outside and have the most beautiful conversation with her, talking about the past and present at length. You go away from this encounter feeling as if Mom is getting better, only on your next visit she barely smiles at you.
During those good times it is hard not to get your hopes up, but even worse when your heart is crushed on the bad days. Therefore, it is important to know that good and bad days are very common throughout the progression of any of the 70 different types of dementia. One way to look at these goods days is to recognize them as a treat given by the dementia disease process. This sweet reward of connection enables us to cope with the disease process for longer and to remember that our loved one is still there trying to communicate with us.
As the disease progresses these sweet days become less and eventually can shorten to mere moments of joy. So while it is OK that they keep our hope alive, we must not allow them to mentally trick us into believing that if we try or push harder, do more, or say the right thing we can be treated to a repeat performance. In reality, the disease always has the upper hand. No one truly knows why these good days or good moments occur, but at Azura Memory Care we recognize their importance and work to cherish and enhance every episode.
We know that there is a correlation between a special visit or activity, which can cause the person with memory loss to put on a show. By show we don’t mean that they become a vaudeville performer. In fact, it is well-documented and studied condition in which a temporary increase in cognition and ability levels gives them the persona of someone free from dementia. This usually occurs when a person with dementia is mentally and socially stimulated using their personal history in the correct manner. Often this stimulation goes hand-in-hand with their long-held social graces, which when around outside personal stimuli naturally kick-in. For instance they will ask visitors if they would like a cup of coffee, even though they can no longer remember how to make it, but this request is something they have always done. As a result their brain, regardless of the disease’s progression, still provides these learned social graces and helps them to show others a good time.
Sadly this reawakening usually occurs for a short period of time and lessens in frequency and length as the disease progresses. Therefore, someone in the earlier stages may be able to carry on a 10 minutes conversation, while someone in the later stages may simply say, “Hello!” Regardless of when or how long these moments of connection occur we must recognize them as treats put forth by the disease and savor every moment.
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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