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COVID 19 Update March 16, 2020


March 17, 2020 in: Well-being,

March 14, 2020

Dear residents and families,

As part of the ongoing efforts, critical new measures designed to keep our residents safe have been put in place immediately. We have to significantly restrict visitors and non-essential personnel, as well as restrict communal activities inside the community. The new measures are the latest action to protect our seniors, who are at the highest risk for complications from COVID-19. While visitor restrictions may be difficult for residents and families, it is an important temporary measure for their protection.

Below is a brief list of New Additional Guidance we have put in place:

  1. Cancel communal dining and all group activities, such as internal and external group activities.
  2. Implement active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.
  3. Remind residents to practice social distancing and perform frequent hand hygiene.
  4. Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Actively take their temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. If they are ill, have them put on a facemask and self-isolate at home.
  5. For individuals allowed in the facility (e.g., in end-of-life situations), provide instruction, before visitors enter the community and residents’ rooms, provide instruction on hand hygiene, limiting surfaces touched, and use of PPE according to current community policy while in the resident’s room. Individuals with fevers, other symptoms of COVID-19, or unable to demonstrate proper use of infection control techniques will be restricted from entry. We will continue to communicate through multiple means to inform individuals and non-essential health care personnel of the visitation restrictions, such as through signage at entrances/exits, letters, emails, phone calls, and recorded messages for receiving calls.
  6. We will identify staff that work at multiple facilities (e.g., agency staff, regional or corporate staff, etc.) and actively screen and restrict them appropriately to ensure they do not place individuals in the community at risk for COVID-19.

 

Temporary Dining Restrictions

In our attempts to continue to keep our residents Healthy and Safe, we are making some temporary changes in our dining and meal delivery processes. We thank you for your support and understanding.

The situation is changing daily. We are adjusting and making changes as the situation continues to unfold – be on alert for any further updates or changes

Our Meal delivery charge will be waived until further notice

We are discouraging large gatherings and because of this:

We are discouraging non-essential visitors – this includes family

We are discouraging trips to any public areas off site

Garbo’s restaurant and the back patio will be temporarily closed.

Independent Living Resident meals will be “to-go” delivery only, please place your order before meals in order to assist us with timely delivery.

We will be using single-use dishware for all meals.

How can we Reduce the Costs of Caring for the Elderly?


May 08, 2019 in: Well-being,

Preventive Care

The cost of taking care of the elderly seemingly continues to grow, but there are some ways to reduce the cost. One of the most expensive things that becomes a big issue is health care. Many older people have health issues that they do not get resolved.

Senior Anxiety and Panic Conditions


March 04, 2019 in: Well-being, Senior Health,

By 2060, nearly one-quarter of the population in the United States will be comprised of adults ages 65 and older. 

While the aging process is nothing new, of course, the large numbers of adults moving into their golden years is shedding new light on senior anxiety disorders and common symptoms of anxiety in the elderly. 

Best Exercise Regimen for Seniors (65+)


January 28, 2019 in: Well-being, Senior Fitness, Senior Health,

Exercise for seniors is extremely important for elderly folks to keep their bones, joints, and muscles healthy. Less activity means overall mobility drops. This lack of activity contributes to several major and minor health issues among seniors.

Ideally, every elderly person should have about 150 minutes of moderate exercise incorporated in their weekly routine. The plan can include things like walking, some running, swimming, pedaling, and exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

150 minutes a week may sound like a lot but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regards this amount of time fit for American adults who are 65 or older. Elderly folks can manage their exercise goals the 150 minutes over 7 days  i.e. 20-25 minutes per day or 2 sessions of 10-15 min each every day.

4 Ways to Help Aging Citizens Improve Their Mental Health


October 23, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Health,

Mental health and illness is plagued by a deep stigma in most societies that prevents people to have an honest discussion. Anxiety and depression are recurrent causes of increasing suicide rates in young people and it gets worse when a person reaches senility.

Older people naturally tend to be crankier and irritable. Their physical and mental health gradually debilitates until they end up being entirely dependent on other household members. Mental illnesses like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are frequently reported in old people due to memory loss and decreased activity.

While most countries have clubs and recreation centers for the young to unwind, there are hardly any social spaces for the older citizens. It is just as vital to look after the senior batch in a society because they’re a valuable asset too. They make important contributions to the economy and social development. Looking after their mental and physical wellbeing is necessary to protect the foundation of any society.  

There are plenty of ways to take action. The following are some helpful approaches to keep aging citizens in a mentally healthy environment.

Establishing Senior Centers

While community centers spread across a neighborhood are a good thing, the ones particularly catering to aging citizens are ideal because they focus on their different mental needs. For ideas, people can arrange a dining centre for the elderly where they’re invited for a nice lunch and fun, engaging activities.

There could be also be a therapeutic baking week for the elderly where they can participate in making sweet delights. There are endless ways to create healing and home-like centers for senior citizens.

It will encourage a positive attitude and give people something to look forward to. This alone can greatly help them improve their mental health.

How Art Can Help

Art therapy is a creative way to greatly improve memory in the elderly. Dancing, painting, and needle felting are imaginative ways to significantly help Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients gain mental strength.

The Power of Yoga

Never underestimate the power of yoga. Even simple stretches in the morning can help provide a wonderful, positive start to the day. Yoga is especially useful for people who face bouts of depression. As a person gets old, their social life reaches a standstill with most aged people simply flicking channels on the TV the entire day. This can lead to sad, gloomy thoughts.

Joining a yoga club or having an instructor at home for yoga classes is a healthy way to get the mind off depressive thoughts and explore one’s physical potential. Yoga really is one of the best options to help the elderly boost their mental health.

Animal Love

Pet love is oddly satisfying. By encouraging senior citizens to visit an animal care or getting them pets if they’re home-bound is a wonderful way to engage their idle minds. Keeping a pet can help evoke feelings of empathy and passion which can significantly boost mental health in an aged person.

Return your elderly family the favor and do one of these activities with them.

Fall Prevention for Seniors


October 01, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Health,

Did you know just a few home improvement techniques can help you keep your loved ones and yourself safe from dangerous falls? These kind of falls are more common than you think. In one study, researchers found falls are the number one reason for injuries among seniors. These falls have resulted in serious head and brain damage, cuts, hip fractures and even deaths.

Even though some seniors may not have experienced a fall yet, they may avoid some necessary activities simply because they fear a dangerous fall.  Seniors avoid doing the activities they need to do because of slippery floors by the swimming pool, homes with electrical cords or rickety stairs. Whatever the immediate reason may be, the underlying reason for the fall is a false sense of security. This is exactly why certain measures should be taken in order to create a safe living space.

This process doesn’t require a complete remodeling of your entire house. Only a few simple changes need to be made in order to make your home safe for seniors. Let’s take a look at what experts of senior care would recommend:

1.    Clean Up All the Clutter

Keeping your home neat and tidy could possibly be the easiest method of fall prevention. All you need to do is clean-up the clutter. All the stacks of newspapers, magazines, Lego pieces, and the likes need to be swept away, especially from the staircases and the hallways.

2.    Remove or Repair Tripping Hazards

Some home fixtures are known to contribute towards fall injuries amongst seniors. All you need to do is examine every hallway and room in your house and inspect for slippery throw rugs, loose carpets or floorboards sticking up. If you find any of these tripping hazards, then you need to replace, remove or repair them before they cause any lasting injuries.

3.    Install Handrails and Grab Bars

These safety devices are known to be effective for seniors when they are moving up or down staircases, getting up and sitting onto a toilet, or even getting in or out of a bathtub. Bathroom-related injuries tend to be the worst. You should get in touch with a handyman right away to install these devices where it is necessary.

4.    Avoid Loose Clothing

Even though you want to feel as comfortable as possible at home, baggy clothes are known to cause a lot of falls. You should opt for properly hemmed and better-fitted clothes which do not drag on the ground or don’t bunch up.

5.    Wear Shoes

Socks really add to one’s comfort level, but they are a huge risk for seniors. If you don’t prefer wearing shoes at home, you can always get yourself some non-slip socks. These types of socks have grips on their soles to eliminate the risks of slipping.

Fall prevention for the elderly means prevention of injuries. Implementing the above mentioned steps at your home can make it safe and risk-free – especially for seniors.

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