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Aggression and Anger Blog

Addressing Aggression and Anger in a Loved One with Dementia

Over the 20 years that Summerset Assisted Living Community has worked with families to provide a Home Away from Home for their loved ones, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve managed all types of scenarios related to aging and caregiving. While none have been easy, one of the hardest has been watching loved ones deal with the decline associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Our staff is trained and experienced with all stages, so we weather the manifestations with a different view. Knowing this, we felt it’s important to focus on the unexpected aggression and anger we’ve navigated with residents with dementia. In this blog, we’d like to share a few tips on how relatives can approach this issue with their loved ones. Understanding Causes When a loved one begins displaying aggression and anger, it can be due to many reasons. But, primarily it means they’re physically uncomfortable or confused by something outside their control. What does this mean? According to, these causes are due to one of the following: Physical Discomfort | They may be in pain, tired, thirsty or hungry. Are they experiencing side effects from a medication? Situational Discomfort | They may be overstimulated by environmental factors such as loud noise or big crowds. Do they need to have a set schedule for appointments and visits? Communication Issues | They may be confused by what you’re saying or telling them. Are you speaking to them in way that’s understandable? Managing Aggression and Anger By understanding causes of the aggressive and angry behavior, we can be more effective at managing the loved one’s environment to try to limit the episodes. Take a look below at options of limiting physical and situational issues. Effective Response Strategies To limit physical related discomfort, pay attention to medication side effects, sleep schedules and food and fluid intake. To limit situation discomfort based on environmental factors, pay attention to noise, light, group sizes and time of day. To limit issues related to communication, be sure to speak simply, calmly and listen with understanding and patience. It’s also always a good idea to not schedule any activities or interactions late in the day, most people with dementia and Alzheimer’s function best in the morning hours. Summerset’s Memory Lane Program The Summerset Respite Care Program offers the same quality family style care provided throughout our Assisted Living Program. Our Memory Lane program offers a safe and attentive environment for those persons in need of assistance and being treated for dementia. Additional Information. As you consider care options for your loved one, you can rest assured that Summerset’s premiere community is one where guests will enjoy an environment that makes them feel at home. Learn more about Summerset. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and sign-up for our blog to stay up to date. ________________________________________________________________________ Your Home Away from Home | Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Summerset Assisted Living Community is focused on providing top quality, excellent, compassionate care for those we serve. Schedule a tour today or give us a call at (470) 231-2357!...

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Your Home Away from Home | Summerset’s Respite Care Program the Answer for Caregivers

Summerset Assisted Living Community prides itself on being our residents’ Home Away from Home. We make it a priority to make all our guests, rather long-term or short-term, feel comfortable while staying with us.  While most of our residents stay in our community full-time, our Respite Care Program provides an as-needed option for others who don’t need 24-hour care every day.

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Assisted Living Costs and Tax Deductions

Taking care of a loved one’s long-term care needs is a time consuming commitment that can take more time than a full-time job. Add tax season the equation and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This tax season, Summerset would like to alleviate a small amount of that stress by sharing a few assisted living related tax tips.

Convincing a Loved One to Consider Assisted Living

Convincing Your Loved One to Consider Assisted Living

The signs began to show up sporadically. Then, one day it seems those small signs had become the norm.

It may seem like things changed without warning. Suddenly, you see signs that worry you about your loved one’s well-being and safety. On your weekly visits to check in on them, you’ve been troubled by signs you previously dismissed as minor.

Consider Adult Day Care

The Top 3 Reasons You Should Consider Adult Day Care

It’s the perfect choice in an imperfect situation. While most seniors prefer to always be in the comfort of their homes and in control of their schedules, adult day care is a fair middle ground for families seeking alternatives to in-home care during the day.

At Summerset Assisted Living Community, we offer adult day care as an option for families seeking an alternative to full-time care.

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