Family dynamics are real. People tend to fall into roles within the family structure in order to meet the demands of a life. There are leaders, breadwinners, decision-makers, hearth-keepers, those who create order, those who keep the peace, the family clown, and dreamers. Whatever the roles may be, things get turned upside down when symptoms of dementia begin to manifest. Suddenly the decision-maker forgets the banker’s name, or the caregiver can’t recall a family member’s birthday.

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After Diane lost her husband Bill*, she knew that the time had come to make decisions about her future. Luckily, she and Bill had a ranch style home, so she didn’t have to worry about climbing stairs or keeping an upstairs suite clean. But Diane had recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and her kids were encouraging her to begin looking into memory care nursing homes.

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We’re going to take care of some business today. In this post, we’re going to bust some myths about in-home dementia care in Kansas City, Mission Hills, Leawood, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, and Johnson County. Why? Because Thoughtful Care believes your loved one deserves the best memory care available.

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We all know what a bucket list is– that prized list of must-do activities and events people strive to achieve. At Thoughtful Care, leader of in-home memory care in Kansas City, we like to behave as though everyone should be able to experience their heart’s desires– especially people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Here’s a list of our favorite bucket-list items for people with memory loss in Kansas City, Johnson County, Mission Hills, Overland Park, Leawood, Lee’s Summit, and North Kansas City.

  • Opt for opulence. See a show at the Arvest Midland theatre. The theatre, boasting 500,000 feet of gold leaf decor, was opened in 1927. Big band music and holiday events can be found here. A loved one with dementia can savor the rich colors and surroundings, while enjoying a music or theatrical show. Ask for special seating and discounts for seniors.
  • Visit the National World War I museum. This top notch national museum is an interactive experience for all visitors. People with dementia can participate in a tour of the sights and sounds of the old country, and may swell up with pride while bearing witness to the bravery of our American servicemen and women. Senior discounts are available, as well as programming for those with visual or hearing impairments.
  • Visit Union Station. Established in 1914, the Union Station has a lot to offer seniors and people with memory loss. Traveling historical exhibits are exciting attractions, as are the holiday events in the 850,000 square foot building. Top it off with an appetizer, drink or a desert at Pierpont’s , which features a reduced-price Happy Hour daily.

Our professional dementia and memory caregivers can help make an outing for your loved one safe and fun. Contact us today to find out how Thoughtful Care can help your family with memory care.