Graduation For Rosa’s

Graduation at Rosa's
Graduation at Rosa’s

Care homes, also known as adult care homes offer personalized service to small groups of adults. These residential homes provide lodging, meal services and assistance with daily living activities. There is always staff and care providers at the home 24/7. Some, like Rosa’s can be lock down making it safer for memory loss resident and psychiatric residents.

Assisted living housing is a long-term care option that provides personal care support services such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation and does not require 24/7 care and can be more independent.

At Rosa’s we work diligently to make sure our residents are placed where they belong. Sometimes, residents stay for a short term and get balanced on their medications and behaviors and can go back to their families, or a different living environment. We have had some of our clients be here for a temporary time and then move to Semi assisted living environments. We call that graduation and we are always proud when someone gets an opportunity to actually have behaviors and medication controlled enough that they can live in an environment that gives them more interdependence.

By using a holistic approach to mental health and well-being our residents tend to move towards more independence. Our Urban therapy is just an example of our residents being stable and able to be out and about in the community. Art therapy that involves cooking is yet another way to help our residents prepare for some culinary skills and they enjoy it.

A group therapy setting is yet another holistic approach to ensure our residents are communication and able to have what they need heard and addressed. We are proud that with the combination of wonderful service providers, and our skilled and trained staff, that we can offer an environment that people can graduate if they choose to.

It is always difficult to say good-bye and good luck to them, but we find ways to catch up and make sure they continue doing well. At Rosa’s we are always proud to know that our services can help provide our residents just what they need.

Edible Art for Ageing

20150810_133831Hi this is Anthony Diaz. You have heard me talk about our edible art program at Rosa’s. I am excited to report there are a series of new reports about the arts and aging people. The studies suggest that it helps aging people in positive ways because it helps both psychological and physiological healing.

According to these new studies out, people with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic degenerative diseases show that art can reduce the depression and anxiety that are often part of the process of chronic memory disorders. The studies also talk about how the use of imagination and creativity of older adults can help them focus and boost mood.

Rosa’s activity director Leslie Ford says that she can almost see resident’s minds working as they do their edible art projects. She states that watching their concentration and their focus is important to them. She also stated that it is fun to watch them eat the art afterwards so they make sure their palettes are happy as well.

Recently, for birthday month, personal small cakes were made for each resident. They then had to opportunity to decorate their personal cake any way they wanted. I must say our residents have not only some talent, but some of them have a real sense of humor.

Residents are able to use their decision making skills and they help design what project they would like to do. This helps them in many ways. It helps them with their decision making process, their sense of control, it helps them with their cognition skills and helps with their socialization skills. In addition, these art projects helps our residents with anxiety and depression as well as having fun, tackling boredom and building self-esteem.

We at Rosa’s are pleased to offer creativity as one of our holistic strategies to aid in memory loss and just to have tasty fun. Our residents on most days, get very excited when edible art days is upon us so they can have tasty fun.

Rosa’s Memorial Garden

memorial1Hi this is Anthony Diaz. Death is never something we look forward to however, it is something everyone prepares for in some way shape or form. At Rosa’s, we understand many of our residents will make their transition here. With that in mind, we have created a beautiful memorial garden.

Memorials are very important to those who are alive. They allow people to remember a deceased loved one in a special way and are associated with the death person and the memory can always remain with us in so many ways. At Rosa’s we know dealing with death can be difficult as some of our residents have a difficult time with expressing.

That is why we went out of our way to create a memorial garden that is beautiful. Within the garden are plaques and reminders of those who have come and gone at Rosa’s. There are many plants and decorations that residents even helped pick out and two benches where residents can sit and reflect.11811511_10207309491525565_1170630280495169239_n

This past week, Rosa’s did the dedication of the memorial garden and placed a plaque for her, and a plaque for each person that has transitioned at Rosa’s the past year. Residents each spoke if they wanted to about the people they got to know and love and said final farewells. Even residents who rarely talk spoke up about the residents who have transitioned and we discovered how important this memorial garden is.

I personally cannot say enough about the memorial garden and how it has helped our residents. We even have flags for our vets who have passed. The residents love it and go there often to find peace, quiet and a time of reflection. We are very proud here at Rosa’s to have such a wonderful memorial garden.