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.