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Why Choose Assisted Living over Home Care for Your Loved One

If you have an aging loved one who requires some support, you may be trying to decide what kind of living situation will suite them best. If given the choice, most of us would prefer to stay in our own homes as long as possible. While receiving medical care or custodial support in the home may seem like the ideal choice, experts in the senior living field agree that seniors experience overall better quality of life, and families have more peace of mind, when they move to an assisted living community. 

Carmen Duren, Executive Director at Provident Village at Canton in Canton, GA, explains, “Home care may allow a loved one to...


How to Use Music Therapy to Connect with Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Music has the special power to lighten moods, boost energy and create relaxed atmospheres. We’ve all experienced music’s influences, and our reactions to music are often so natural we may barely notice them. For those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the natural powers of music can have significant effects on mood, behavior and overall well-being when used as a memory care therapy.

“The proven benefits of music therapy for Alzheimer’s are remarkable,” says Carmen Duren, Executive Director at Provident Village at Canton. “We’ve helped families and caregivers provide agitation management, cognitive stimulation and an...


3 Ways to Help Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia Eat Safely

As we age, natural physiological changes can make it harder to achieve optimal nutrition from the food we eat. Changes in our sense of taste and smell may decrease our appetite, or mobility limitations might make it difficult to spend time in the kitchen preparing a meal. For those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, declining cognitive function can make mealtimes even harder.

According to Carmen Duren, Executive Director at Provident Village at Canton, “Those with Alzheimer’s disease often struggle with actions and activities during mealtimes that we usually take for granted. With memory loss, using...


Pet Therapy: How Our Furry Friends Improve the Lives of Assisted Living Residents

We’ve all heard the saying, “Dogs are man’s best friend,” and now, based on the evidence of scientific research, it appears that dogs, cats and other friendly creatures provide some of our best medicine.

Research Finding: Pets Can Make Us Healthier

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, pets are not only good companions for senior adults, they have also been shown to improve seniors’ health. As a result, assisted living communities have begun to integrate pets into their care through neighborhood pet therapy programs. And, more...


How to Pay for Assisted Living Care

If you haven't planned for senior living care, you are certainly not alone today. In fact, most people have not given it much thought. They either believe they’ll never need it or they want to save their assets for their children and believe that government subsidies will cover any care they need.

For many families today, recognition of the need for assisted living services arises only after a significant, traumatic event involving an older loved one. It could be an injury, an illness or a noticeable decline in physical or mental ability.

Assisted living provides loved ones with just the level of assistance they need for basic...