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.

Anthony Diaz and Rosa’s Chante’ Awarded Again

AwardHi, this is Dr. Tyler Woods. I do holistic mental health at Rosa’s. I am proud to work with the likes of Anthony Diaz and his crew. Anthony is wise and open enough to bring in holistic mental health to his residents. That is just one of the many reasons that he received a plaque from the Assisted living Network of Southern Arizona this week. He was awarded because Anthony is dedicated in promoting excellence in assisted living homes.

As a care provider, I see the many ways Anthony cares about his residents. Anthony makes sure there is activity in his assisted living home by providing things such as group discussions, art/food therapy, chair yoga, and urban therapy. He makes sure well balanced meals are served and gives his residents a say in what they would like. He has a team of caring staff and contractors.

He takes it one step forward and spends a great time in community networking with people about caring for the elderly. He specializes in mental health and dementia and educates the public about these conditions in people over 50. Anthony runs rigorously to attend functions and engagements while making sure Rosa’s needs are met.

His experience and education makes him the perfect candidate for such an award and the Tucson community should be very proud of his efforts and making sure that residents get the best care. Congratulations Anthony Diaz to you, your home, and your staff. Tucson is proud!

Dementia and Psychiatric Behavioral Home

anthony2Hi this is Anthony Diaz. Many people see Rosa’s Chante as a wonderful adult care home. I agree and we have worked hard to be a solid home for our residents. We have introduced different types of therapies and make sure our resident’s needs are taken care of. Here is a piece of trivia that you might not know. Did you know that Rosa’s Chante is a dementia and psychiatric behavioral lock down facility?

That is right. In this quiet lovely home setting, we are designed to be a safe setting for intensive mental health treatment including observation medication management are all part of an overall plan of care that is a coordinated effort between the individual, the family or guardian and the treatment team and outpatient service providers.

We do this because here at Rosa’s, we are fully aware that about 20 percent of adults aged 55 or older have experienced some type of mental health concerns. One of the ongoing problem with diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in seniors is the fact that older adults are more likely to report physical symptoms than psychiatric complaints, However, even the normal physical and emotional stresses that go along with aging can be risk factors for mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.

Some of the symptoms that are associated with aging and mental health include depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable, confusion, disorientation, problems with concentration or decision-making, memory loss, feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, helplessness; thoughts or talk of suicide and trouble handling finances or working with numbers.

Of course there are other symptoms and many reasons why people who are ageing have mental health issues and concerns, however for Rosa’s our number one concern is to keep our residents safe and healthy while addressing the many issues that they may face. This is just another thing we are committed in doing for our community.

Urban Therapy Goes 50s

rosas 50sHi, this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Adult Care Home. One thing that we are proud of with our home is our newest therapy we have put together three months ago. It is called Urban Therapy and our clients love it. With the help of Dr. Woods and our arts and activity director, our residents are out and about enjoying the sights, sounds and foods of Tucson.

Their latest adventures took them to the 50s diner Little Anthony’s. They happened to go that day on Elvis’s birthday. Elvis was playing in the background as they sat and looked at the menu. Though no one wanted the grilled peanut butter and banana Elvis sandwich, they all agreed on hamburgers, fries and a good old fashion sundae.

The music got our residents in the mood as they began to take it upon themselves to play trivia. Who was the actor in this old movie and what was the theme song of Gilligan’s Island? They kept coming up with fun trivia questions as they enjoyed their burger and fries.

What I have noticed about Urban therapy and our clients is it makes them happier individuals and get along better as a group. They share with one another, and they often reminisce with each other on these outings. This is important since Rosa’s is a dementia and psychiatric home. It is wonderful to see our residents exercise their memory and reminisce.

The 50’s diner experience was a real hit with our residents and before they could finish eating their burgers they were asking to come back for more. At Rosa’s, we do everything we can to make sure our residents have the opportunity for fun and pleasure.

Urban therapy serves more than one purpose here at Rosa’s. It gets our residents out, it offers them fun, it helps them with memory and it helps them build relationship between each other. Building relationship with each other is important since they need to get along. Seeing them laugh together is always a joy. It is a goal here at Rosa’s.

Here’s To Good Health And Happiness For Seniors

cheersHi this is Anthony Diaz. One year is ending a new one is coming. As the new year rings out I would like to cheer seniors to good health and happiness. It seems like people often get their priorities wrong in when dealing with seniors. They seem so concerned material objects, and business that often, they do not look closely at health and happiness.

Caring for a senior can be rewarding and enhance your life significantly. However, it can also bring a significant amount of worry and stress. There are many things to consider for the individual that you care for we often take for granted in our own lives. Health is perhaps the most important consideration of all. So watch out for the following.

Diet- It is extremely important that you make sure that elderly relatives are fulfilling all of their nutritional requirements on a daily basis. As they can be extremely vulnerable and prone to illness, a healthy diet is paramount in ensuring that they continue to be as healthy and happy as possible. Firstly, any diet should be low in fat and salt. Both dietary substances can slow down recovery from any illness if consumed in large amounts. Salt and fat are both absorbed into the blood and make circulation sluggish. Too much fat can also block the arteries. Instead, you should focus on making sure that the individual gets plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to provide essential vitamins and minerals for tissue regeneration as well as plenty of fiber to ensure that bowel action is regular.

Mental Health State- You should do all you can to make sure that your elderly relative is happy and comfortable in his or her surroundings. You are in control of his or her everyday life, but establishing a routine can help to make it look like that is not the case. This also alleviates panic and stress.

Physical- You should encourage the senior in your care to get regular health checks to make sure that everything is functioning correctly. Any changes in health should be noted and checked out on at least a six weekly basis. This regularity will soon form part of a routine, which would afford the senior in question a level of comfort, but it would also lead to any illnesses and diseases being diagnosed very quickly. This can significantly improve the long-term health of any individual and alert you to anything that may need to be observed in the future.

Exercise- A senior may not be physically able to exercise on a daily basis, but getting some sort of gentle exercise at least a few times a week will make them feel better than if they were to get no exercise at all. Shopping can be considered exercise if he or she is walking around the supermarket or walking around a yard.

Following these simple steps this simple can help the senior feel healthy and happy. At Rosa’s we have gentle exercises, good food, art therapy, Urban therapy and a host of other things that keep the mind open and the body moving. Happy New Years from Rosa’s Chante, and remember to keep health and happiness a priority when dealing with the senior.

Cook Well Eat Well

anthony2Hi this is Anthony Diaz. When you walk into our adult care home, whether it is lunch or dinner, you can smell the cooking from a block away. Our staff is very versed in their cooking skills and are always cooking up something wonderful from fresh made soup to Mexican food.

That is because here at Rosa’s we get that eating well gives our residents the nutrient they need to keep their muscles, bones, organs, and other parts healthy. We also know that our food choices affect digestion. For instance, not getting enough fiber or fluids may cause constipation. That is why we make sure our residents are always drinking fluids and our cooks are adding fiber rich foods.

Here is another healthy senior tip we try to do at Rosa’s. Eating color. That is right. The more colorful the food is, the better the diet. We try to incorporate as many different colors and types of vegetables and fruits for our seniors. That is why our edible art program is fun because we add color of fruits and veggies.

We try to maintain healthy snacks for our seniors and know that it is important. People who are working with seniors need to understand that a healthy, well-balanced diet support physical strength, mental wellbeing, and increased immunity. It can also play a vital role in cardiovascular health. Good eating plays a large role with those who are susceptible to fatigue and bouts of depression.

So make sure you always have the smell of good food coming from your kitchen. It stimulates the seniors mind and mouth so to speak. For now, this is Anthony Diaz saying eat well.

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.