Hi 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.