Mental Stimulation

Anthony1Hi, this is Anthony Diaz. Mental stimulation of the seniors, especially those with mental illness such as bipolar and mania is important. We find it very important to set aside a specific time frames to ensures that they are getting mentally stimulated. It helps keep their minds sharp and active. Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, and mental health issues must exercise their minds as often as possible and finding the right ways to achieve this could take forever, unless you have a little bit of help and advice. Here at Rosa’s we have a team that helps.

Our residents are enjoying arts and crafts and we make sure it is eatable so they can eat what they make. This helps them with good conversation, and keeps their minds active as they find ways to create. Since we know that bright colors have been found to work best by the various studies that have been carried out, their masterpieces are often quite colorful.

We have chair yoga and exercise as it is a great activity that helps stimulate not just the brain, but the body as well. Often time during the exercises, discussions take place and we find that our residents are engaging with one another and getting their exercises. This really helps them with physical and mental issues.

Outdoor activities that involve animals are also perfect activities for mentally and physically disabled seniors. That is why we have several pet turtles. The residents love them and they get outside. We also have a wonderful patio that they can spend time on and enjoy taking in some great vitamin D. Some of our residents enjoy walking outside in the yard and getting more exercise. Obviously, any such activities must be carried out under close supervision to ensure that the safety of all is maintained.

Urban therapy, where they go out into the community under direct supervision is also very mentally stimulating. Our residents have gone out to a variety of places either to ride the new street car, or to have lunch at a restaurant, our residents enjoy getting out and spending some time outside the home. We have found this to be very stimulating for them.

Of course, it is important to know when stimulation can create problems and making sure they get plenty of rest not just for the body, but for the mind. SO be sure to watch out for behaviors that might suggest seniors need some still time. This quiet time is very important and overstimulation must be watched. It is a fine line we walk here at Rosa’s to ensure our residents get the proper mental stimulation. Make sure your senior is getting the right mental stimulation and you will discover how much happier they are.


anthony2Hi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’s Chante. Our residents were buzzing this past week getting ready for Thanksgiving. We think that is good since Thanksgiving is fun and festive and here at Rosa’s we understand that for some it can be emotionally and physically challenging since our seniors are vulnerable to certain holiday related pitfalls. That is why we take pride in making sure our residents have a happy Thanksgiving.

We start off the week before by setting the holiday atmosphere with a variety of holiday décor. When you walk into Rosa’s it certainly says the holidays are here and our residents love it. They love to sit and look at the variety of Christmas trees that are tastefully decorated for their pleasure.

More important, we make sure their activities are holiday orientated so they can get excited. In preparing for Thanksgiving our residents did activities such as making personal homemade pies, making eatable pilgrims and made fun whipped cream delights with pumpkin pies.

The residents talk about some of their favorite memories and favorite foods. It is nice to hear them get excited about their fond memories of Thanksgiving past. Sadly, some residents do not have family to go to or have them visit however, here at Rosa’s we make up a great Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving day the house smells of wonderful turkey and all the trimmings. Our residents enjoy sitting at the table and feasting with one another. It is a difficult time for seniors during the holidays and at Rosa’s, we work hard to make sure our seniors get the best experience.

This is Anthony Diaz saying that we all hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Urban Therapy Helps Bonding

1Hi this is Anthony Diaz at Rosa’s Chante. We have been telling you about how Dr. Tyler Woods has been doing Urban therapy with our residents. I must tell you that we are so pleased and have found it to be a great success. We have discovered that Urban therapy helps bonding.

Our residents love loading up in the van, and heading out on a new adventure with the doc. This past week they went to Golden House for healthy Chinese food. They were able to meet the owners, ask questions, order whatever they wanted off the menu and spend time with one another outside of the house. We even had a couple that called it a date with one another.

What I have discovered with Urban therapy is that it gives our residents a chance to get out and about, but there are many more advantages to it. They get to discuss their plans with one another as well as Dr. Woods. They are learning to compromise and work as a team to develop a strategy where they want to go. This not only helps their cognition, but it helps them build better bonds between them as residents.

We are always changing things here at Rosa’s to make sure that our residents get activity, and not just activity, but something new and different. It is important for us as an adult care home to make sure we offer our residents activities that stimulate, and help them with cognition and bonding.

We understand that for many of our residents, the residents also act of their friends and interaction with them is vital. When we create ways for them to interact and decision make with one another, we realize we are helping them formulate strong ties with one another. It is just another way we here at Rosa’s try to make sure our residents are happy and comfortable.

Tribute to Caregivers

anthony2Hi this is Dr. Tyler Woods and I do holistic mental health at Rosa’s Adult Care Home. It is a one of a kind home because of the holistic approach it takes. It is a home that creates new ideas’ to help aging people. It is a home where care is given by trained qualified staff. This week I want to honor them as we celebrate the month of November and pay tribute to caregivers.

Did you know that in 2012 65.7 million caregivers made up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. Caring for a family member in need is an act of kindness, love, and loyalty. Sometimes, we need to look at the caregivers and look at what they really go through.

Caregivers are underrated and go through a great deal. Because they offer so much to their loved ones, their job is often unrewarded. There is a large burnout level with caregiving and sometimes, people lose their jobs and health. Wonderful homes such as Rosa’s Chante’ can provide quality care for the person who wants a normal home life but have paid experienced care givers give the help 24/7.

One thing I have noticed in the past year is people say “How can someone put their loved one in a home?” I come back with, “How can people NOT put their loved one in a home?” Over the past decade, I have watched what it looks like when people are burnt out from being caregivers. Their health suffers, their families suffer, their jobs suffer and their social life suffers. People begin to feel resentments. The question should be, how could people not put their loved one in an adult care home where the staff are around the clock? The important thing to take note is that the staff have days off and work in shifts, they never lose patience and are always there when the person needs them.

My hat is off to caregivers like Anthony Diaz and his team of caregivers that work relentlessly to make sure seniors are getting the best of care at all times. His staff is trained and they make sure there are plenty staff to give the care that our seniors need. Thank you to all caregivers and special thanks to Rosa’s for all the extra services they provide.

Urban Therapy Outing

20141024_112519Hi, this is Anthony Diaz and I am happy to report that our first urban therapy went wonderfully. It started with Dr. Woods contacting someone she knew with the Streetcar. They were kind enough to meet her and some of the residents at the streetcar pick up point. The residents were able to learn about the streetcar project and ride the streetcar.

On their adventures, they were able to meet a few crewmembers that maintain the streetcar and were introduced to security and talk about how they work. The residents that went were given a real treat by meeting so many people and having a streetcar adventure.

The streetcar pulled right in front of a wonderful Mexican diner, La Indita where Dr. Woods stopped in to introduce them to the owners and have them give them the VIP treatment. They were excited to meet and greet the people and have a meal that they will never forget.

Here at Rosa’s, we are proud of our Urban therapy program. We understand that there is no age limit on a good old-fashioned play date. We also understand that the four walls may well be the only environment a senior sees for days on end. We often sit them outdoors for good old-fashioned vitamin D and If physically able, getting out really does help their mental health.

A recent study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry demonstrated that senior’s need to have a change of scenery and it can affect brain health. Researchers at Chicago’s Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center state that healthy aging includes seniors to participate as fully as possible in community life. There should be daily activities planned which brings a health-promoting mood boost.

Having the Urban therapy program at Rosa’s is working well and residents are now thinking of things they can do as a group large or small. Our goal at Rosa’s is our clients happiness and Urban therapy is giving them something to smile about.

Eating and Aging

healthy-foodHi, this is Dr. Tyler Woods. I offer holistic mental health at Rosa’s Chante Adult Care. Part of a holistic approach to aging is how we eat. Bottom line is that good nutrition  helps people as they age. Fresh foods that are bright and colorful and healthy meals that aids in the mind, concentration, and many illnesses that happen to people as they age.

There are important nutrients that are vital for the brain to work. Try steaming and eating fresh. This aids in better nutrition and can be softer for chewing. Keep in mind that fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids that can improve focus and help Alzheimer’s disease. Offering antioxidant-rich green tea to seniors rather than coffee enhances memory and mental alertness.

As people age, eating sufficient high-quality protein will maintain physical function and reduce muscle loss. Since some seniors do not move too much, this is essential. This also improves mood and boosts resistance to stress, anxiety, and depression. Seniors should steer clear of low-quality protein like too much red meat and processed meat products, such as hot dogs, bacon, and certain lunchmeats.

Make sure there is plenty of chicken, fish and high fiber in the diet. An easy way to add more fiber to a senior’s diet is a high-fiber, whole grain cereal. Simply switching your breakfast cereal from Corn Flakes to Bran Flakes can add about 6 extra grams of fiber. Be sure to make chewing easier by making smoothies made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Eat lots of steamed veggies and soft food such as rice and yogurt. Baked sweet potatoes are soft and very healthy for the senior.

Finally, make sure the senior gets plenty of water. The best way to senior health care is to be sure the diet is good. Have fun with getting seniors to eat healthy. Start by simply decreasing carbs and sugar and increase veggies,fruits and healthy proteins. These simple choices make seniors feel better and it is easy while adding to their overall health, such as memory and muscle. More seniors should use a farmacy rather than a pharmacy.Eating and aging is vital for people to have a more holistic approach to aging.

Residential Staffing

1How do you get eight adults up in the morning and have them at the table bright and early? You have good staffing. Hi, this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’s Adult care home. I try to look and see what has made our model of caring for adults so successful and it all comes down to staffing.

In the morning as we are getting up our residents, we have a 1 to 2 ratio. That allows us to get things going and things still get done. As one staff gets a resident up and, washed, dressed and ready, another staff moves in and makes the bed, while there is still another staff that is in the kitchen preparing food.

We work like a well-oiled machine at Rosa’s because our residents depend on it. By 9:00 AM most of our residents are up, cleaned, dressed and eating breakfast, their beds are made, and the house is clean. This is because a good adult care home should never skimp on staffing. In the mornings, it is vital to have extra staff.

We believe that staffing is important in the delivery of high-quality patient care. That is because we recognize that when an older person cannot manage living in their own home, due usually to frailty, disability, dementia or a combination of these, there could be confusion and anxiety. When the atmosphere is relaxed and we have plenty of staff, things run so much smoother and stress and anxiety during hectic times seem to dissipate.

Making sure our staffing is high and at a good ratio takes extra money and training, but we feel the residents deserve an atmosphere that is stress free. We know that many seniors have high anxiety and having more staff lessens that and their needs are met quickly and efficiently.

Another great advantage of having more staff available is it creates a positive relationship between residents and staff. Staff often become our residents best friend and sometimes, the closest thing they have for family. Having enough staff to share and interact with our residents is essential to a good quality of life.

When you go to look at adult care homes for your loved one think about asking what their staff ratio is. Make sure there is plenty of staff for the residents and that it is a comfortable atmosphere for your loved one.