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.

Urban and Livestock Therapy

livestock therapyHi this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Chante. Part of offering good care for residents, we also offer a different kind of care. Part of our holistic approach to aging consists of different types of therapy. We have chair yoga that involves stretching and breathing, we offer eatable arts and craft circle, which our residents love, we have an open circle discussion weekly, movie day, and we are now adding two more therapies we are quite happy with, Urban and livestock therapy.

Urban therapy consists of our mental health care providers taking residents to local events, and adventures in the city. This could include ridding the trolley, to going out to their favorite places to eat, to visiting local museums and libraries.

Our newest therapy which our clients love is what we call livestock therapy. This consists of Dr. Tyler Woods taking certain clients to Ranch Haven to be with horses, goats and chickens. Our clients love and enjoy sharing their stories with other residents.

The purpose of Urban and livestock therapy is to help our residents become more grounded emotionally and more connected with the environment. This unique therapy designed by Anthony Diaz and Dr. Tyler Woods is an invaluable tool for addressing depression, anxiety, as well as many other obstacles in people’s experience of wholeness and aging.

So far, those residents who can participate not only enjoy it, they look forward to it. This helps build their self-esteem and which is crucial with seniors. Ageing does not mean giving up hope, it means working with people with new ideas to make assisted living fun for the mind, the body and the spirit.

Rosa’s is proud to offer new and exciting ways to make holistic living and aging in adult care homes healthy and fun. Our goal is to make sure our residents are getting the stimulation they not only need, but the activities they desire.

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.