Meditation Garden

ROSAS11Hi this is Anthony Diaz and we are very excited here at Rosa’s that we now have a semi private meditation garden. Here at Rosa’s life become a balancing act and sometimes, we forget to balance. For that reason, we have created a place where residents as well as staff can step inside the meditation garden and just relax.

We know that meditation gardens are calming, and our residents enjoy things that are calming. Feeling calm creates short-term state of relaxation which helps with stress and anxiety that many people with memory issues may feel. That is yet another reason why we love having the meditation garden is it creates a calmness for our residents.

Clients helped pick the design and even the flowers that would go into the meditation garden as well as they help maintain it. Sometimes just holding the rake in your hand, even in a wheelchair, can stimulate memories of younger year and cause a calming effect.

It is also a place for our residents to garden, take responsibility for their plants and take the time to watch the growth. We have worked on all of this to take yet another step to more holistic approaches to aging and healing.

Our meditation garden is a work that is always being changed and created and our residents are always looking for ways to change and improve this wonderful place for peace. They have taken a sense of pride in it and enjoy the calmness this gift of nature brings them.

Music Therapy At Rosa’s

rosa musicHi this is Anthony Diaz and I am really excited about bringing music back to Rosa’s. I want to talk about an article written by Susan King that was published that let people know how the power of music can help with dementia patients. It also talked about how it helps with memory and depression. To go one step further, it talked about how actually playing an instrument of sorts can have “restorative” abilities to the brain. Basically music is helping aging adults manage everything from chronic pain to Alzheimer’s disease.

People with Parkinson’s are able to regain some of their overall functioning in certain cases. In other cases, music sings helps the stroke-stricken to speak sooner. Music acts like good old fashion medicine for the mind the body and the spirit.

At Rosa’s once a week, Leslie comes in with a handful of music, ukuleles and percussion and let the clients sing and play. Music books were created based on what the clients wanted to play and learn. I must say some of them sounded pretty good singing the Rolling Stones You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

Leslie, who helps the clients learn the music and gets them playing and singing says that working with the residents at Rosa’s is not only a delight, but it is good to see them take so much interest in this. She states the residents are talking about calling themselves The Geriatric Musical Band. We are pleased that our residents are happy and finding joy in music, even if they sing a little off pitch.

Helping Residents Feel Good Aagain

1Hi this is Anthony Diaz. At Rosa’s adult care we really work hard on making a difference in people’s lives. I think what we do is so unique and caring that I wanted to take a few moments out of my day and share with you all a success story that I think you will enjoy.

Recently, a new resident came our way. This resident was basically not communicating, eating, or able to care for themselves. They came to us and my team and I had to decide how we best could handle this situation and get this person functional again. In my heart, I knew this individual could be helped and so I took a day to figure out what they needed.

Once we got them seeing a doctor and their medication taken care of, I went out and got an old printer and told them to fix it. This persons eyes lit up. I was told they loved to take things apart and put it back together so I gave them that opportunity. Suddenly, the resident was asking for more. At Rosa’s we enjoy helping residents feel good again.

This resident seemed nervous and anxious and a bit jittery, so we gave him lots of gum to chew on, and they calmed down. Chewing and putting things together was what they needed. We began to speak Spanish to them as well as English, and suddenly, they were talking and laughing.

They soon started joining on conversations with the residents and staff. They were smiling, laughing, walking around and doing the things that they once used to do. I remember when our holistic health doctor came in she had said “Wow your new resident seems very high functioning.” I had to laugh because Dr. Woods had no clue how this person came to us.

I told her the story and she said that is why she works with us, because we all try new things that are as natural as they can get. Helping this resident by allowing them to experience what they loved doing such as putting things together was a great natural way to get them to recognize their environment and the potential they still had.

I enjoy it when things turn out like this, and in such a short time, we have our residents living, laughing and enjoying their life again. I enjoy it so much that I had to share it with you all.

Spring Has Sprung

3c0a3bee-ffb0-4932-8d0e-d449189a150eHi Anthony Diaz here and spring has sprung. The rabbits are enjoying all the fresh growth and cool sunshine, and our residents are appreciating being able to be outside in the fresh cool air also. Last week we talked about putting in the garden in pots to give our residents an activity that is therapeutic for motor skill coordination as well as a source for movement and exercise.

This week’s art therapy was an opportunity for our residents to enjoy a delicious root-beer float while decorating individual watering cans to use on the garden.The idea for this came about as a way to occupy those that are interested in the continued care for the garden. Art therapy is about offering many kinds of different activities that accesses creativity, motor skills, treats and fun, and spring is ripe with potential ideas to keep everyone engaged and involved.

We used stickers and markers of all colors. Who knew that stickers were so much fun? We may use them again for future projects. They are a simple way to access creativity without stress over motor coordination, and the markers worked well also for simple design.

What isn’t fun about root-beer floats? Of course, everyone was excited over the bubbly sweet treat. We all talked about ice cream and discovered that several of the residents had worked at various ice cream counters when they were young. We talked about our favorite flavors and what kinds of ice cream treats we liked. There really is something to be said about the idea of an ice cream social as an opportunity for carefree conversation.

Now everyone has their own easily identifiable watering can, and hopefully this will encourage their continued participation in the whole outside project. We at Rosa’s strive to provide an environment that encourages our residents to move, exercise, be creative, enjoy the company of the other residents, and simply continue living a healthy life. Happy spring everyone.

Gardening at Rosa’s

gardenHi, this is Anthony Diaz and one of the wonderful things we do at Rosa’s to stimulate activity is gardening. We call it container gardening and we are excited that there are many things you can grow in containers such as squash, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, radishes and a host more.

Our clients who want to participate help get the containers ready and help plant the plants. The clients often get excited because they know with water and care, these plants will be on their dinner table soon.

Working in the garden provides you with an outdoors fitness alternative. Gardening has many health and therapeutic benefits for older people. It is enjoyable, and provides a source of exercise. For those who did not know, gardening also encourages use of all motor skills which is wonderful when dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Did you know there is an actual clinical profession that exists called horticultural therapy where people use gardening to heal? Now maybe it’s the sunshine that boosts people’s mood or maybe it is digging in the soil or just being part of creating something, but gardening really has great benefits for seniors.

Gardening is also good for depression and anxiety. Recently we learned that there is a strain of bacterium in soil that has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety.

These are some of the reasons we like to make sure we grow some of our food and do gardening for our seniors here at Rosa’s. It just makes good sense, and salads!

Urban Therapy Fun

urban virosHi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’ Adult Care Living. We continue to do fun things in our home with urban therapy. This week clients had the opportunity to go to Viro’s Real Italian Bakery. Our residents had the opportunity to have a variety of pizza’s and were surprised with homemade cannolis. For many of them, it was the first time they had cannolis and they could not say enough about them.

They also had the opportunity to meet the owners and get a chance to say hello. The owners made sure the pizza’s were ready ahead of time so our residents did not have to wait so thank you Viro’s on 22nd and Sarnoff.

What is so important about urban therapy is that our residents get to participate in the decision making process. They sit together and make a choice what they would like to do. No, do not worry, we have said it would be longer than a couple hours to go to Disneyland.

They do enjoy having the opportunity to get out of the house, meet people, try new things and form stronger friendships with one another. Making sure our residents get along is important. It is difficult to move into a home and leave your loved one behind. It is so important that our residents get along with each other and urban therapy provides that opportunity of our residents spending quality time together outside the home and really getting to know each other in a social setting.

Urban therapy is a big hit here at Rosa’s for those who can attend and we are pleased with the results we are getting from the outings our residents get to have. Our job is to help ease boredom, give our clients great activity and have an opportunity to share what is going on with their lives. It is just another reason why Rosa’s stands out.



Seniors Need to Be Heard

1Hi, this is Anthony Diaz. We may look at seniors and think they enjoy being quiet, but in all reality, seniors enjoy sounding off and being heard. Here at Rosa’s, we give our seniors great opportunities to be heard. Just because seniors, or those with impaired memory tend to think and talk slower, it is does not mean they do not want to be heard, it means we need to have the patience to hear them.

I have learned through years of experience that we need to be patient. We are always in a rush or a hurry to get things done. We have places to go and things to do. At the same time, we all have aging parents or relatives that need to be heard. We need to discover the lost art of listening.

Seniors and memory impaired people have a lot to say. They have stories, they have wisdom and for some, they even have complaints. At Rosa’s we do group support where our residents can openly talk about what is happening and what issues and concerns they have. They feel heard, and it gives us the opportunity to problem solve.

Recently, there were no problems to solve so the residents talked about what they would be doing if they were at their own home. One of them stated they would be cooking Hungarian food and educated us on the types of food. Another client talked about German food and his skills in the kitchen, while one client said they would be sewing and making new clothing.

Each resident that participated enjoyed the laughter and fun and the opportunity to share something about themselves that others might not have known. Their faces light up and to see them giggle and laugh, or concentrate on a memory that they recall is simply a joy.

According to a national survey, seniors and their adult children or caregivers hardly ever discuss key issues with one another. Giving seniors and memory impaired people the opportunity to talk and share is vital and should be part of a regiment. Whether they live in an adult care home, or at home with you, make sure they are given the opportunity to not only talk, but to be heard.