What’s Your Mantra? Six Benefits of Meditation for Seniors.

My headshotIn this post you will learn six undeniable benefits of meditation for seniors, how to begin immediately and debunking the perception that modern mediation is a religion.

Some of us boomers think that meditation began in the sixties being popularized by the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi but in fact it goes back centuries before that.  Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.

I was a child of the sixties and explored transcendental meditation at the time and really enjoyed its benefits.  Why I drifted away from it I don’t know but that was the sixties and a lot of things just drifted away.

I have recently come back to practising meditation and vow to keep it going this time because I am genuinely benefiting from it.  But here is where I really struggled. I am also a Continue reading “What’s Your Mantra? Six Benefits of Meditation for Seniors.” »

Tips to Protect Seniors From Falling

My headshotFalling.  You think that it won’t happen to you.

That’s what I thought and then I fell.

It didn’t have to happen.

I had just spent about an hour swimming, then Teresa joined me in the pool and we spent about another forty five minutes playing pool badminton.  Afterwards I spotted a couple of leaves that had blown in and I wanted to get them out of my pool.  Putting on my flip-flops, I grabbed the pool skimmer net and walked around the pool.  To the sides and the back of the pool we have a decorative boulders and river rock to the edge of the pool.

In the blink of an eye  the leading edge of my flip-flop caught on a rock and down I went.  On the way down I used my left hip to gracefully bounce off the boulder and then I used my rib cage to hit the rolled edge of the pool.

I was a third of the way into the pool and couldn’t move.

Being a former  EMT I knew that I needed to do a rapid trauma Continue reading “Tips to Protect Seniors From Falling” »

Hospice of the Valley – A Valued Resource

My headshotThere’s no getting around it, there’s a lot of personal suffering in this world. Sometimes you just have to soldier through it but it is always helps (and a blessing to all those involved) if someone comes along side to give you a hand.

End of life issues are just some of those issues that most of us don’t want to think about but can still cause a lot of emotional pain and suffering. And because it is called “end of life issues” don’t be mislead into thinking that it is solely the realm of the aged, it’s not. End of life reaches through out the entire family and there can be a great deal of repressed emotions and unfulfilled needs just below the surface.  We are often called in by Hospice of the Valley to provide additional assistance for Continue reading “Hospice of the Valley – A Valued Resource” »

Announcing an AWESOME New Service

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Michael Simpson

Many times the rehab facilities, hospitals and urgent care centers that we partner with call us needing help.  They have a patient that is being discharged to go home but there is no one from their circle of family and friends that are available.

That is when we get a call and sometimes need to get a caregiver assigned and in place in just a couple of hours.  So we have implemented a service which we call “Safe Discharge” and it works like this.

When we arrive at the facility the case manager has already shared some details with us as to the condition of our new client.  The client really just knows that they are getting discharged and that someone is coming to assist them.

We have a final briefing from the case manager, supervising RN and get to know the client.  All this is documented in our “Ready, Set, Go Home” file for the family to keep and refer to as they tend to their loved one.

Page_1We then transport the client to their home, make sure that they are secure, then we can get any prescriptions that need to be filled, groceries bought and back to the house where we Continue reading “Announcing an AWESOME New Service” »

Senior Nap Time…It’s All Good

 

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Michael Simpson

In this post I will teach you everything you need to know about being more productive, richer and better looking…nah.

But what I will share with you is how important napping is, what historical figures thought about the importance of napping (you will be surprised) and some tips on how you can help your senior loved one live a more fulfilling live by catching some afternoon shut eye.

But first, a confession and you will see how this fits in a moment.

I love technology.

I love to find new ways, tools, technologies that will make me Continue reading “Senior Nap Time…It’s All Good” »

Meet Our “Furriest” Caregiver

This is a guest post from our marketing manager, Debbie Kimmick who spreads joy around to the senior community when she brings Honey along.  Debbie has seen first hand how a senior’s day is brightened when they meet Honey, her certified therapy dog.

The Benefits of Therapy Dogs with the Elderly

Honey is our therapy dog which visits seniors

Our Therapy Dog Honey

For centuries, people have keep dogs for protection, comfort as pets and working dogs. During the “Stone Age”, dogs were trained to track and hunt food. Man eventually realized that dogs could be bred and trained to do various tasks such as guarding, sport, tracking, hauling goods, and chasing away rodents.

Large breed dogs are also used for rescuing individuals and security; dogs have even replaced horses for hauling carts when they could not be found.

A “Service Dog” or “Working Dog” is a dog specifically trained to Continue reading “Meet Our “Furriest” Caregiver” »

Easing Senior Stress at Christmas

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Michael Simpson

What a whirlwind this Thanksgiving holiday was but we had a wonderful blessed time with family along with good food and good wine.

As I mentioned last month, I always brine the turkey, but this time I tried something new that I saw on the Food Network. I did the brining on Tuesday and then on Wednesday put the bird in the fridge, uncovered for a day so that the skin would dry out and then when it is roasted it would be crisper. Another change was that after roasting, when I would normally let it rest for twenty minutes I now let it rest for an hour. This really let the juices reabsorb into the meat and it was the best ever.

But enough of my culinary adventures I want to give you some more tips on how your elderly loved one might be processing the upcoming Christmas holiday and how you might help make it merrier.

In last month’s post, which you can read here, we talked about how to keep your loved one engaged and Continue reading “Easing Senior Stress at Christmas” »

It’s All About the Passion…Yes It Really Is.

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Michael Simpson

One of the many benefits to being in the business of helping seniors is coming into contact with like minded individuals and companies. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting such a person who really has a passion for this business. Her name is Jill Cahoon and she works for Homestead Hospice.

We partner with several hospice agencies and while it is never easy working with families dealing with end of life issues it is always gratifying knowing that we are helping them in their time of need. If your loved one cringes when the subject of hospice care is brought up you are not alone. To some elderly and to some families hospice care means that death will occur next week. While this may be true in some circumstances, in the vast majority of circumstances it really means that Continue reading “It’s All About the Passion…Yes It Really Is.” »

Seniors on Thanksgiving: Happy, Happy, Happy.

Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson

“I am carving the turkey someone make the gravy…quick.”

Thinking about Thanksgiving for me usually starts somewhere in mid-October.

Halloween previously was a big event at our house but all of our sons are adults now so that chapter of our lives is closed and I start looking at food websites and pick up magazines that tout new side dishes.

Thanksgiving week for every family is usually pretty hectic.  We have family that comes in from several points in California and also from Colorado so we make sure that the wine fridge is well stocked and the blow up beds don’t have any leaks in them.

I take care of the main course and other family members either bring or make one of their signature side dishes.  For many years I have brined the turkey and it is really fool proof.  If you have never brined a turkey then follow these instructions from chef Alton Brown and you will be a hero.

So here are some quick tips about how to keep your aging loved one plugged in to your family gathering.

Continue reading “Seniors on Thanksgiving: Happy, Happy, Happy.” »

How to Keep Your Aging Loved One Interested

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Michael Simpson

For years we have been supplying quality caregivers to those who need in home senior care in the Phoenix area.  And for years we are always trying to find ways to keep the seniors in our care stimulated and interested in activities of daily living.

For a caregiver, it is sometimes difficult to find what to do that is in the best interests of the senior that you are looking after. Especially if they are afflicted with some sort of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. However, if you can keep your loved one with dementia occupied, then you are half way to winning the battle.

Mental stimulation of seniors with Alzheimer’s can work wonders for your mental health as well as theirs. This may sound simplistic but playing with them will provide you with a welcome break from your usual caring routine and could provide laughter for you both.

So here are five things you might not have thought of and would want to try. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Aging Loved One Interested” »

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