Monthly Archives: March 2017

How to Bring Spring Home for Your Assisted Living Loved Ones

With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor family activities.  However, for aging loved ones, it can be increasingly difficult to experience the extent of the fun. To help your family members in assisted living, Choice Health Management Services offers these easy tips for bringing the new season’s merriment inside.

Create a Sensory Basket

If your loved ones are not able to go outside, bring it to them with a sensory basket!  By including different types of their favorite flowers, pinecones, and leaves into a fun basket, they can experience the sights and fragrances of spring without additional stress.  To personalize the experience, include individual touches. For example, if your family member was a farmer, adding soybeans, corn, or soil can make them feel connected to their passion and serve as a reminder of the joys of nature.

Help Them Assemble Vases

When your family comes to visit your loved ones, try doing spring activities with them like creating vases of flowers.  By letting them decorate their own vase and picking some of the flowers you brought along, they can make themselves a beautiful bouquet.  Since this is a family-friendly activity, it is the perfect opportunity to include the grandkids. Not only can they help, but together your family can even make bouquets for other residents to help bring a little spring to their doorstep.

Optimize Their View

If your family member has a window in their room, place a bird feeder or bath outside of it to brighten the atmosphere.  Additionally, placing potted plants outdoors or on their windowsill can help get them into the seasonal mood.  If looking out the window isn’t an option, placing nature scene posters on their walls can transform their room into a spring oasis.

Take Them for a Walk

Fresh air is the best way to experience this time of year with your aging loved ones.  Sitting on a bench, people watching, or feeding geese are the perfect way to connect with your family member.  While on your walk, pick some flowers to bring back to their room so they can take a piece of their excursion with them.

Spring offers a wonderful time for creating treasured memories with your family and friends.  Although it may come with obstacles, experiencing the outdoors together can help you reconnect. If you have questions about how you can make the most of the season for your assisted living loved ones, contact the team at Choice Health Management today.

3 Tips to Keeping Healthy During National Nutrition Month

As the years go by, it can become increasingly difficult to stay healthy. However, by falling into basic routines and habits, you may be limiting your fitness potential and increasing the risk of illness. To help you stay fit, Choice Health Management Services offers these tips for healthy and happy aging.

  1. Stay Active

Staying energetic can help relieve chronic pain, maintain strength, improve mental function, lower blood pressure, and reduce health risks.  Additionally, increasing muscle mass allows drugs to metabolize quicker so medicine can be cleared from your body more effectively. By incorporating a new hobby or workout routine, such as gardening or yoga, you can keep your edge and avoid future complications.

  1. Load Up on High Fiber Foods

Since your digestive system slows as you age, eating fiber is a way to combat this common problem.  Try eating beans, peas, seeds, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and grains to give your body needed energy.  Fiber also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, and some cancers. To avoid uncomfortable side effects, introduce fiber slowly into your diet. Additionally, be sure to drink plenty of water to help your body digest the new foods.

  1. Try Variations of Things You Like

Games are an important tool to help keep the mind sharp.  Try doing different kinds of puzzles and finding challenging crosswords. Another way to exercise your brain is by using your non-dominant hand.  If you write with your right hand, try eating or brushing your teeth with your left to help improve brain function.  You could even try learning about a new topic or different language.  By challenging your mind, you can decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s and improve cognition.

National Nutrition Month serves as an important reminder to reflect on our habits. However, essential health and interaction are important year-round.  If you need help caring for your aging loved one, Choice Health Management Services offers a variety of services such as skilled nursing services to assisted or independent livingContact us today to learn more about how we can help.