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.

Visitations and Following Through

anthony2I want to talk about something very important this week on our blog and it affects our residents and other deeply. Hi, this is Anthony Diaz here and I want to share about how very important it is to visit seniors that live in care facilities. It does not matter if our seniors live in assisted living, in their own homes, in a nursing home or an adult care home like mine, elderly people need and require visitors.

I have seen it repeatedly when someone says they are going to visit their loved one, and they never show. There are no words that can describe how it makes the person feel when their family and friends say they are going to visit and they don’t.

This can send a senior spiraling down and within minutes, a dark depression can consume them. It may take them a few to feel like eating and sleeping again. The depression they feel is hindered by the rejection that happened.

When someone has been displaced from their home, the need for social interaction with their loved ones becomes a priority for maintaining a sense of well-being. Social isolation from one’s family and established friends can lead to depression, despair, and accelerated cognition decline thus contributing to further decline in health.

If you want to try to imagine the feeling, try to take yourself back to when you were a child and someone, like a grandparent or older sibling that had been away is expected to come and visit. Remember the excitement you felt when waiting; that anticipation of their arrival, well that is like what your senior loved ones feel when a visit form a son or daughter, or a good friend is due to visit. Then what happens when there is a no show. The same disappointment and let down that a child might feel. This let down can also have long-term consequences.

That is why it is so important to follow through with visits with seniors that live in care facilities. They wait and look forward to those visits and sometimes, that is all they have to look forward to. It is important to keep in mind that even if there is severe dementia and memory loss there is some form of recognizing that the person they were waiting for did not show up. Make sure if you plan on a visit, dress up and show up even if it is for ten minutes, it can make a bigger difference than you may think for their happiness and over all well-being.

Social Support in Groups for Elderly

groupsHi this is Anthony at Rosa’s Adult Care Home. One of the reasons our adults do so well here is because we realize how important group activities are and we are very happy to say we have quite a few. This is so important when you are looking for an adult care home because social activities really do prolong life.

Everyone needs to just feel loved and supported- but actually be loved and supported. As we age this becomes even more important. Things like conversation, sharing, being trying to be in touch with others who have active gives living a purpose. However, what do you do when you are in an adult care home? You create social groups within the home.

We realize that lack of social support is related to negative impacts on health and well-being. For older people, it can be much worse. We have found that having a variety of positive social supports can contribute to psychological and physical well being can really help seniors. We have found that it reduces stress, helps physical health and really helps psychological problems such as depression and anxiety.

Social activities really can help seniors with awareness. These social activities can be used to help increase an individual’s self-awareness even more. Activities for elderly individuals such as group exercise, crafts, talking circles, singing groups can make seniors feel more aware.

It is important for seniors to feel that they are involved. Even when they are living in an adult home care environment, there needs to be daily social groups to keep them feeling mentally active. Being social helps older people receive the kind of meaning and purpose in their lives that can help them from physical and cognitive deterioration.