Memory Care America - October/November 2020

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OCT/NOV 2020

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Our Communities Memory Care of Naples 2626 Goodlette Frank Road Naples, FL 34103 239.403.0826 memorycarenaples.com Memory Care of Little Rock 2501 Aldersgate Road Little Rock, AR 72205 501.260.7407 memorycarelittlerock.com Memory Care of Westover Hills 10910 Town Center Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 210.802.6653 memorycarewestoverhills.com Memory Care of Simpsonville 645 Scuffletown Rd. Simpsonville, SC 29681 864.962.3038 memorycaresimpsonville.com Memory Care of New Braunfels 2022 State HWY 46 W New Braunfels, TX 78132 830.420.5882 memorycarenewbraunfels.com

MEMORY CARE NAPLES NAMED ONE OF THE TOP FACILITIES IN NAPLES!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Memory Care of Naples has been recognized by MemoryCare.com as one of the best memory care facilities in Naples! Families in Naples, Florida,

properly tour potential new homes. My hope is that this designation will offer some local families better insight into the options they have for their loved ones. This honor allows us to explain how

have several options for care, and this designation allows us to stand out to families who need our services as one of the best of the best.

thorough, caring, and dedicated we are to our residents’ needs without having to risk exposure.

We were honored that MemoryCare.com felt we deserved this distinction, but we were more touched by one of our resident’s family members, who left the following comment on our review: “For the first

MemoryCare.com is a comprehensive database and research group committed to helping caregivers of those with dementia. To say we celebrated a little bit when we received

the news is an understatement! This accomplishment from such a considerate group is validating in a time when we have faced so much uncertainty and so many challenges. The

time, I finally feel my mother is getting the care she needs. This is a wonderful community, and she is doing very well since her move here.” This is exactly why we do what we do every day. It isn’t about this award or other honors. To hear that a family member feels safe and secure with their mother’s care here at Memory Care of Naples is the most reassuring and rewarding compliment we can receive. Thank you to our dedicated staff at Memory Care of Naples who made this all possible, our encouraging team at Memory Care America for their support, and, above all else, the families who trust their loved ones’ care to us. We couldn’t have achieved this without all of you.

pandemic has brought with it many necessary restrictions and obstacles for our team at Memory Care of Naples, and I am beyond proud of how diligent this team has been during this time. Our corporate team at Memory Care America has provided us with the tools to keep our residents safe — like our powerful, organic, safe cleaning and disinfection agent, MicroSURE — while our caregiving, dietary, and housekeeping teams have stepped up beyond their work obligations to ensure our residents are safe and treated with dignity. In addition to the extra safety precautions that go beyond federal, Florida Department of Health, and Florida Agency for Health Care Administration standards, we have licensed nurses in our community 24 hours each day to ensure one of the highest caregiver ratios in town. I believe this designation is also powerful for families living with a dementia diagnosis. This disease can be isolating and all-encompassing. Making the decision to move a loved one into a memory care community is difficult, and COVID-19 has made it impossible to

–Tina Browning Executive Director at Memory Care of Naples

P.S. Because of COVID-19, we know it’s difficult for families living with dementia to tour and choose a care community for their loved ones. You can help others who may benefit from our services by sharing this newsletter with them! It just may be the tool they need to make the best decision for their loved one. Thank you! 1 Do Not Keep Our Work a Secret!

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The Woodward Family Finds Comfort in Memory Care of Westover Hills Sharing Your Stories

W hen an assistant chief nurse told Margaret Woodward that she needed to find a memory care facility for her husband, Paul Woodward Jr., she didn’t have any idea what to do. She didn’t even know what memory care meant. It was another blow in a period of just a few months that had turned her family’s world upside down. On May 2, 2019, Margaret was visiting her sister to help her prepare for Margaret’s niece’s baby shower. That day, Margaret had been trying to reach Paul, but uncharacteristically, he wasn’t answering. When she did finally reach him that evening, she immediately knew something was wrong. Married to Paul for nearly 40 years, Margaret describes him as the sweetest, gentlest man anyone could ever meet. The couple met on Veterans Day 1981 at a Veterans Affairs Hospital in San Antonio. Paul had joined the Air Force straight out of high school and worked for the VA for 20 years before retiring in 2000. Paul was a loving and doting father to his daughter, Melanie, who has been very helpful to Margaret through Paul’s diagnosis.

Margaret had been with her sweet, loving husband

long enough to know something was amiss. She called their neighbor, who immediately called 911 after having contact with Paul.

At the hospital, the prognosis left Paul in need of assistance through a rehabilitation center and memory care. The day the nurse recommended memory care, Margaret went and toured three different facilities with no success. “I was in near tears,” Margaret recalls. “I couldn’t find any place that I thought would treat Paul well or where he could be happy.” That’s when Margaret remembered a former coworker who had a similar experience. With one quick phone call, she learned of Memory Care of Westover Hills, and the family had nothing but praise for the place their loved one had called home. “Sometimes you just walk into a location and you feel welcome. That’s how I felt,” Margaret recalls. “They gave us a very nice room, and I think he slept well that first night … The staff was just wonderful and very welcoming … They were all very, very positive with Paul.”

Paul has lived at Memory Care of Westover Hills since August 2019. The couple and Melanie have to limit their visits due to COVID-19, but Margaret says Paul is in great spirits and as even- tempered as always. After all, there are just some things that never change. Helping residents like Paul is our passion, and the easiest way for you to help us with this is to refer one of our five facilities to families in need of our care. Your referral is the greatest compliment we receive! Direct them to MemoryCareAmerica.com or find us on Facebook.

(All photos were taken prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

So, when Paul wasn’t responding to her phone calls as he normally would,

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Memory Care Roundup Having Fun Together This Autumn

From scrumptious food to beautiful projects, it’s easy to have fun within our five communities at Memory Care America. Here’s what we’ve been up to this fall! Memory Care of Naples and Memory Care of Simpsonville had amazing treats in honor of National Dessert Day on Oct. 14. Naples residents enjoyed many sweets, while Simpsonville’s residents indulged in Moe’s Mudslide! There were also new looks! Local children near Memory Care of New Braunfels created 60 posters for residents’ doors, and Memory Care of Little Rock’s residents look extra spiffy with new haircuts from Enrichment Director Marta Harrell. At Memory Care of Westover Hills , residents sat outside for snacks and bubbles, then got artistic for the pumpkin decorating contest!

Getting artistic for the pumpkin decorating contest at Memory Care of Westover Hills!

Looking great after a haircut at Memory Care of Little Rock!

Enjoying sunshine, bubbles, and snacks at Memory Care of Westover Hills!

If you enjoy our activities, too, don’t keep it a secret! Your referrals are the best compliment! Direct those who could benefit from our services to MemoryCareAmerica.com or Facebook.

Memory Care of Naples and Simpsonville residents enjoy yummy treats!

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Zesty Orange Cranberry Sauce

Skip the can-shaped cranberry sauce this year and bring a jar of homemade sauce to Thanksgiving instead. This easy recipe can be made ahead of the big event and keeps for 10 days in the fridge.

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed • 1/2 cup water • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar

• 12 oz fresh cranberries • 2 tsp orange zest • Salt to taste

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the orange juice, water, and sugar to a boil. Add other ingredients, then bring mixture back to boiling. 2. Reduce the heat to medium and cook gently for 10–12 minutes, until the cranberries burst. 3. Transfer the sauce to a bowl or jar, cover, and refrigerate until serving.

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Inside 1 Memory Care of Naples Is Honored With an Award! 2 Meet Memory Care of Westover Hills’ Most Gentle Resident 3 Residents and Caregivers Get Crafty, Spruced Up, and Full This Fall! 3 Word Search 3 Zesty Orange Cranberry Sauce 4 What Really Happened the Night Martians Invaded New Jersey?

THE NIGHT MARTIANS INVADED NEW JERSEY

Orson Welles Recounts ‘The War of the Worlds’

On the evening of Oct. 30, 1938, an eloquent voice graced the airwaves in New Jersey: “We now know in the early years of the 20th century, this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man’s, and yet as mortal as his own. We now know as human beings busied themselves about their various concerns, they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water …” And so began Orson Welles’ classic radio broadcast, a retelling of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds.” Peppered in the retelling were fictional news bulletins informing the public of an alien invasion. Martians had arrived in New Jersey!

Some listeners, who had missed the fact that this was a retelling of “The War of the Worlds,” assumed the news bulletins were the real thing. Frenzied, they called local police, newspapers, and radio stations hoping for more information about the invasion. What were they supposed to do? Higher-ups at the CBS radio studio where Welles delivered the live reading called and told him he needed to stop and remind listeners that this was a work of fiction. The panic, it seemed, was growing as the Martians “approached” New York. A little later that night, police showed up at the studio with the intent of shutting the whole thing down. The next day, the story broke across the country — newspapers reported on mass hysteria and stories poured out that the nation had erupted in panic. However, as we now know, the extent of the panic was

exaggerated. In fact, the program didn’t even have very many listeners that night, and most who had tuned in were aware they were listening to a radio play rather than a news broadcast. American University media historian W. Joseph Campbell, who researched the broadcast in the 2000s, found that while there had been some panic, most listeners simply enjoyed the show. It turns out the person who was the most frightened was Welles himself who thought his career had come to an end.

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