Music at Rosa’s Increasing

20151006_100259Hi this is Anthony at Rosa’s. Ever wonder why some of our residents are smiling more and more? That is because of all the activities we offer, they love music the most and ALL of our residents can somehow relate to music no matter how functional they are.

Study after study is showing that music helps happiness and health. Several studies found that music can have a greater effect in reducing stress (decreasing cortisol) than anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium. That is because listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical.

Our residents like the ukulele activity so much, we have added more music to our activity list. Music seems to make our residents happy. They smile, clap, play, sing a long and laugh as music activities are being done. We have discovered here at Rosa’s that music can really change the lives of our residents.

I really enjoy that we here at Rosa’s have a strong relationship with music because of the way that music affects our feelings, our thinking, and our emotional state. Music therapy is a branch of psychology practice that uses music’s many facets to achieve therapeutic goals for patients. So why not use that to help our residents heal?

Music therapy is based on the understanding that music, in all forms, whether it is ukulele, humming, singing or listening can have dramatic effects on our physical, emotional, social, and mental health. In our house, music therapy is currently used to combat the negative effects of depression, dementia, and health concerns.

Stop by sometime and listen to our music it now happens three days a week and our residents are singing praises about it.

A letter From A Provider

imagesI love it when I get letters from our outside providers. This one from Tyler Woods moved me and I wanted to share it with you.

Dear Anthony, I am sorry I missed the East Side Assisted Living Alliance. I look forwards to going next month. I wanted to tell you what I love about it. I think it was brilliant to create a group who’s basically pay it forward and help one another with small locally-owned assisted living homes here in Tucson. I have watch you literally have an idea and begin communication between neighborhood adult care homes to better serve the residents. I also love how you promote people to express their ideas and concerns.

I have known you for over two years now and I have observed how you offer your experience strength and hope and consulted many people in the business. I always knew that your ability to good communication and desire to reach out would help form something in my wonderful community. I had no idea how it would help others until I was going through an OSHA inspection.

I honor the fact that you took the recommendations and decided to reach out and help other homes. Rather than be in competition with the other homes, you embraced each person and their homes and created a communication that would start an alliance that would be used to help others in the community who owned small locally-owned assisted living homes.

In today’s fast paced world, and small businesses going out of business for large cooperation’s, it is wonderful to see you use your years and years of experience and help others help themselves. You have built a community based on knowledge, know-how and compassion.

I want to personally thank you for being that person that reaches out and pays it forward. It is how we as small business, and as kind people need to live. Helping one another and paying it forward, thank you Anthony.

With much compassion and gratitude, Dr. Tyler Woods

Rosa’s To honor 9-11 by Presenting Check to Southern Arizona American Alzheimer’s Foundation

Twin-Towers11Hi this is Anthony Diaz. We all know that tomorrow is the anniversary of the tragic event known as 9-11 and the day America fell to her knees. We also are aware of the fact that at Rosa’s, even tragic events deserve to be acknowledge and also deserve goodness to happen on that day. Miracles can happen and we certainly enjoy being part of the hope that can make them happen.

On September 12, 2015, I will be presenting to the Southern Arizona Alzheimer Association in conjunction with Tucson’s Harmony Hospice a check towards to walk called Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I am very proud to be part of the team of Harmony Hospice whose primary mission is to provide excellent and compassionate hospice care while creating a community bond through the professional services of our medical staff and volunteers.

At Rosa’s we specialize in Alzheimer’s which is the most common form of dementia among older people and about 4.5 million Americans suffer from this condition, which usually begins after age 60. This is why it is so important to not only be a big part of this walk, but to bring recognition to this wonderful organization T (AFA).

AFA unites more than 2,300 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their caregivers and families. Under AFA’s umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy —all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. Rosa’s and Harmony Hospice takes pride in being part of the Southern Arizona chapter.

We here at Rosa’s as well as Harmony Hospice plan to make September 9, 2015 a day to remember because there are some people that cannot remember due to Alzheimer’s.

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.