What Seniors Need

1Hi, this is Anthony Diaz and today I want to talk about basic needs that seniors really need. Our senior population is expanding partially due to modern medicine that helps people live longer. There are things that will help the aging person age with more emotional security.

The first thing that seniors need is to still feel needed. That is why relationships with family, friends, volunteers or caregivers can keep seniors active and help ward off depression. Seniors need to be empowered and part of that would be to be heard.

Being heard is vital to our aging population. Make sure you take time to listen to what an elderly person is saying and give them the time of day. Spend quality time with them. They need to know that their life is valued. They do not want to just be shut away. They have stories that need to be heard and their minds need to e active.

Speaking of staying active, exercise and physical activity are as close as we can come to preventing disease and disability. It’s best to start early to make physical activity a habit, but you’re never too old or frail to exercise. Even if you are in an adult care home, get your seniors walking outside at least 4 or 5 days a week to keep their blood flowing, give them something to do and to manage overall health.

They also need what I refer to as paper work basics. Seniors need to know their paper work in in order. Things such as their wills, health directives, their power of attorney, health insurances, know and understand their benefits, know and understand where the titles for their vehicles, boats, toys, deed to home and other properties. Just because someone is old does not mean they do not care about these things, so be sure to make such knowledge available to them.

Elderly people need familiar surroundings and people around them that can offer them support and understanding. The elderly do not like change so it is best that you make any sort of change, slow yet progressive. Change happens, and for some seniors it can be difficult, so familiar surroundings means a great deal for them.

Our elderly people have a lot of needs and some are so basic we forget them. What seniors need should always be in the forefront of our minds so we can provide them with the best quality of life.

Holistic Approach to Aging

3c0a3bee-ffb0-4932-8d0e-d449189a150eHi this is Anthony Diaz. Did you know that The World Health Organization estimates 65 – 80 percent of the population use holistic naturopathic medicine as a primary form of health care? In fact, almost one-third of American medical schools-among them Harvard, Yale, John’s Hopkins, and Georgetown Universities-now offer coursework in holistic modalities. It is important to bring these holistic healing methods into the lives and aging adults.

We hear the buzzword “holistic” a lot these days and now we are hearing it with senior care. What does holistic care look like in senior care? It means we try to consider every aspect of a person’s life. We look at the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, social, and other dynamics in a person’s life to understand what’s going on. At Rosa’s our goal is to attempt to bring all of these aspects into balance so the aging person can age in a holistic manner.

Currently Rosa’s has a holistic mental health care provider, Dr. Tyler Woods who focuses on mental well being of our residents. Part of our goal is to be sure our residents make an effort to stay active and engaged. Dr. Woods makes sure chair yoga and relaxation is in the home on a weekly basis to ensure this concept.

Included in our holistic services is the ability we have to listen fully to our residents mental health issues and concerns and address them with a holistic approach. Kind conversation helps people feel love, wanted and cared for. In addition, suggestions for supplements are often given and Rosa’s takes a real integrative approach to aging.

Offering them food choices and even activities that are based on feeding the body is encouraged at Rosa’s because we e know sick and aging people get good nutrition as we understand the concept of food and mood.

We have several places outside to sit and relax and enjoy some good old fashioned vitamin D. The sunshine and outdoors offers resident an opportunity to feel good mentally and physically. This in turn helps them with things such as sleep, anxiety and depression.

Aging gracefully involves using a holistic approach and an understanding of the needs of our seniors. A supportive care environment is instrumental towards our desired outcome of offering good care to our aging population.

The Importance of Humor for Seniors

1Hi Anthony Diaz here at Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Home to talk about the importance of humor for seniors. Looking at the difficulties that seniors continuously have to face, such as memory loss, declining health, loss of loved ones and spouses, sometime it seems hard to stop and look at what may be funny about any of this. It is important to introduce or help find a way to having humor and laughing in a senior’s life.

Accessing humor, leading to laughter can release endorphins that in turn helps us feel happy and content and lead to lessening our pain and stress, as well as lowering our blood pressure and providing a sense of mental well-being. In seniors, this can mean the difference between suffering as they continue to age and making the most of their lives as they are.

Here at Rosa’s, we try to encourage opportunities for finding humor like during our creative activity time the talk around the table will often be about funny stories the residents tell about from memories or joking around about how this or that doesn’t work right any more. We also show funny movies, these can even reach people that may be less verbal, but yet still able to smile and laugh.

Finding ways to stimulate humor, as sometimes the illness, hopelessness, or memory loss may stunt someone’s ability to find what is funny in life any longer, can be a challenge, but back to sometimes the silliest things like playing a game or doing funny skits and telling jokes can get the ball rolling, so to speak. It is important to keep in mind that the caregiver’s humor may be of a different time than an elderly residents, so remember that humor is to be humorous to the larger group.

There are studies that show the beneficial effects of laughing are far-reaching and long term. Think about how laughter affects you. The importance of humor for senior can make the difference between just existing and living out their lives.

 

Knowledge Is Required

1Hi, this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Chante Adult Care Living. Many people open senior care homes because they feel it could be a way to make money. Truth is, this growing population of people that are in need of 24-hour personal care is steadily increasing. What is further increasing is the knowledge that is required to give this sort of care.

What I have discovered in my decades of working with this population is that there are so many people who do not fully understand what it means to provide a person with 24-hour personal care. It is not as easy as one thinks and it is not just providing the care itself, it is also understanding the struggle for the people and their families who need this care.

This is why I am so active in educating the public. It is because increasing the amount of people who have the necessary skills needs our attention as if we do not, we will not have the proper people caring for this population. I heard too many stories about caregivers and seen too many family members struggle with their love ones and this affects everyone.

You see the facts and figures about our aging population seems to be something that no one is talking about. Truth is, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple by 2050, from 4.7 million patients in 2010 to 13.8 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 15 percent of the population 70 and older has dementia.

We need to educate the public more and more about these diseases that include memory loss and how to cope with it. At Rosa’s we are experts in memory loss illness such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. I am not here to tell you to bring your family member here as normally there is a waiting list for us, I am saying be sure the home you choose, has the knowledge that is required to give this sort of care.

So no, opening an adult care home is not about making money, it is about providing comfort, care and education. Money simply cannot buy that because knowledge is required.

 

Hospice Services

Anthony1Hi this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s.  Adult care homes are  single-family residences licensed to provide care for small groups of  adults. These homes go out of their way to make sure that the living  environment looks and feels like a real family environment. From décor  to how meals are prepared, adult care homes make sure that people who  live their really feel at home.

 Hospice focuses on caring, not curing people who are nearing the end  of life. Hospice care provies health care that maximize comfort for a  terminally ill person by reducing pain and addressing physical,
psychological, and social needs while working with spiritual needs of  the family and the loved one who is preparing to pass.

Some hospice care is provided at home, while other care is provided in
facilities and hospice centers. Rosa’s provides hospice care and works
with individuals and family members during a difficult time of life
and death. I am proud that our staff is courteous, professional and
are trained in symptom management. At Rosa’s we try to offer
exceptional care that focuses on the hope for each new day.

I know how important it is for your loved one to be at home when they
are facing end of life. Because I understand how valuable it is to
provide a home environment and sometimes families do not have the
capability to be with their dying loved one, I am proud to be hospice
as well as adult care.

What Stimulates Seniors

Anthony1Hi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosas Chante. Last week we talked about our arts and crafts. This week I want to share more about what stimulates seniors.

As a caregiver, you know how difficult it can be to summon up the energy to do what is in the best interests of the senior that you are looking after. It can be exhausting however, if you can keep elderly people occupied, then you have made their life as well as your life a little easier.

Mental stimulation in seniors works wonders for their mental health. Having them feel like they are doing something will provide you with a welcome break from your usual caring routine. Setting aside a specific period every few days will also ensure that you are doing something fun with them. For the senior, it often proves to be the highlight of their week because they finally recognize something and respond to it. It breaks the monotony for them and can actively be used to calm them. They also see a light every now and then in the dark tunnel of the mind, and they can often remember it and look forward to it.

It is important to mentally stimulate elderly people in your care to keep their minds as sharp and active as possible. Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and dementia, amongst other ailments, 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. Medical research has found that some forms of stimulation are better than others because of the way in which the mind responds to certain stimuli.

Outdoor activities that involve animals are also perfect activities for seniors. Having BBQ’s and gatherings are fun for the elderly. They begin to feel part of. Music stimulates them and having a music activity now has proven with studies to make seniors healthier and happier. Exercise programs, music therapy, arts and crafts as well as board games, Wii, really help seniors begin to think that they have life left to them. Remember, pay attention to what stimulates the person you are caring for.

 

The Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Seniors

creativeHi, Anthony Diaz here to talk about the benefits of arts and crafts for seniors. Recently I’ve started a program at Rosa’s Chante that focuses on creative food art. Offering art and crafts programs can provide positive opportunities of participation to seniors of all capabilities.

Group activities in general encourage socialization, communication, intellectual stimulation and by adding the creative element helps with self-expression that can lead to a sense of well-being. There is also the therapeutic advantages of the activities encouraging hand eye coordination and movement.

At Rosa’s Chante, the activity director focuses primarily on crafts with food. The director includes anyone interested in planning what would be fun to make and do each week thus creating an atmosphere of group participation. The food arts and crafts ensures that there is a treat for everyone of any capability while providing an opportunity for socialization.

For example, in the last couple of months Rosa’s residents have built Rice Krispie snack houses. The Rice Krispie snacks were a resident’s idea and the building houses was the creative aspect. Another day they made matzo cracker and cheese fishing ponds. Last week, upon the residents request they had a tropical cocktail hour, without the alcohol, that was a hit with most of the residents. I brought in pina colada, strawberry, lemon-lime flavored slushes that the activities director put in martini glasses and served with crackers and cheese. The residents laughed and made jokes, generally enjoying a freeing social moment. Another week we had melon kabobs, even residents with very little cognition and function were able to enjoy the melon.

The benefits of arts and crafts for seniors are wide-ranging in effect, stimulating the senses, providing opportunities for socialization, creative self-expression and simple fun. Seniors need relief from the day-to-day reminders of pain and aging and arts and crafts, or food crafts provides a satisfying avenue toward such relief.