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4 Great Outdoor Activities For Spring

The sun is shining and it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather before the summer heat really starts to kick in! There is a wide range of outdoor activities available during spring, but there are some that are more relaxing than others. If you are looking for some peaceful hobbies, the Streamside Assisted Living team picked out a few that we think you should try out this spring!

Gardening

Plants are a great way to bring a little extra life into your home or apartment, and spring is the perfect time to start your mini garden! Gardening is a stress-reducing activity that you can do outdoors in the sunshine, and then you can bring your newly planted flora into your living space to enjoy all day long. Flowers, herb gardens, and succulents are low maintenance plants that require little attention so you don’t have to worry if you forget to water them!

Painting Outside Scenery

The sun is finally shining, so why not let your creative side shine too! Whether you’re setting up an easel in the park or just stopping to sit on a park bench, painting or drawing is a great way to get outside and enjoy the warm spring weather. Painting is a carefree activity that allows you to portray your own perspective and bask in the beauty of nature. Once you finish your painting, you can hang it in your home to enjoy or give it to a friend or loved one as a gift.

Walks With Friends

Walks are not only beneficial for your physical health, but they have numerous advantages for your mental health as well. A few of the health benefits you can gain from walking for at least 30 minutes a day include enhanced sleep quality, strengthened muscles, and improved circulation. Starting a walking group with your friends can foster a great sense of community and help you hold each other accountable to walk every day!

Go To The Farmers Market

The local farmers market is a great way to get away from your home and get out into the world while still staying in a peaceful environment. The live music in the distance, the smell of fresh food, and the comradery are soothing and a great escape from your everyday routine. Most cities or counties have weekly farmers markets and many assisted living facilities have transportation services that can take you anywhere!

Outdoor activities are a great pastime during the spring while the weather is warm and the trees are turning green again! If you have any questions about the activities that are available in our assisted living facility, contact Streamside Assisted Living today!

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How to Keep Busy When Staying Inside

As nice as getting outside for a walk or to go to the grocery store may be, indoor activities can be just as fun and relaxing! Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need ideas to keep us entertained inside even though it may not be ideal. To help you enjoy the time you spend inside, the team at Streamside Assisted Living came up with a few ideas; read below to find some inspiration!

Write to your Friends

Although you may have friends and family that visit your assisted living community often, some will be too far for a regular check in. A fun idea is to begin writing letters or sending emails to your dearest friends to check in and stay in touch! Not only is it nice to hear from those closest to you, but it keeps your mind active as well. By doing this, it makes staying inside that much more worthwhile!

Create a Scrapbook

A great way to enjoy down time is to begin working on your own scrapbook. After accumulating photos over the years, it is finally time to put them all in one place for you and your loved ones to enjoy. There are many tips for creating scrapbooks online, but you have the ability to customize it however you want! Despite just being a relaxing arts and crafts activity for you to enjoy, it is a great gift to pass down your family tree so your great grandchildren can see their history all in one book!

Enjoy a Puzzle

As a senior, this is a time in your life where you can enjoy the little activities you have always wanted to do like puzzles, crosswords, and other games. As well as being a fun and time consuming project, puzzles exercise the fingers and mind as you try to fit all of the pieces together.

Inside Exercises

Just because you can’t get outside and enjoy a nice walk doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato either! There are multiple different ideas for indoor exercises, including; indoor chores, yoga, balance exercises, resistance training, and more according to this health blog for seniors. It is very critical that you continue to stay as active as you can while staying inside to keep up your strength along with your mental health.

There are countless different types of indoor activities you can take part in during your free time, but these four are some of the most popular and entertaining ones there are. The coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately consumed much of our lives since last January, which is why we must prevail through these wild times and stay as active as we can. Come to Streamside Assisted Living for more tips and tricks on how to stay active while being indoors, we would love to have you stay with us!

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The Best Parts of Assisted Living

Assisted Living communities come with great benefits for residents that you just don’t get from living at home. From the community to the amenities to the safety and care provided, an assisted living community might be the best place for your loved ones. Making this list wasn’t easy for us because we are biased toward assisted living communities, but we wanted to highlight some of the great perks of being a part of one!

Community

Assisted living communities are just that – a group of people living in the same area with characteristics in common and a sense of togetherness. One of the tiers in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the need for belongingness, and that exactly what an assisted living community provides. At Streamside, this is what we strive for every day. We want our residents to feel that they are a part of our community, and we provide many ways to make that happen! Our assisted living center is designed to give residents as much independence as they want, while still being there to care for them when they need it.

Ameneties

Another great perk of assisted living communities? The amenities! We believe that making a variety of amenities available to residents is key to making sure our residents can get what they need, whether that be socialization opportunities, transportation services, or medication management. Additionally, Streamside provides three meals daily, in a community-style dining room, with a variety of food options, so even those picky eaters can still get the nutrients they need every day.

Saftey and Care

One of the most important parts of an assisted living community is the safety and care that it provides. This is one of our top priorities at Streamside; we want our residents to feel safe in our community and know that they can get the care they need. Our 24-hour medical staff includes a full-time nurse, CNA, and RN ready to assist any resident in an emergency. Each unit comes outfitted with an emergency call system, so help is never more than a button push away. In our Memory Care building, doors are protected with electronic keypads so those residents and their loved ones can be assured that they are safe within the boundaries of the property.

Is Assisted Living Right for Your Loved Ones?

As mentioned before, assisted living communities come with perks that you can’t get from living at home. The sense of community, a plethora of amenities, and enhanced safety and security are why many people choose Streamside. If you think this might be something you are interested in for your loved ones, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to answer any questions you might have or schedule a tour of our community!

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The Benefits of Aging

We all fear getting older, but in reality, we just need to start owning our age. Aging is not something we should look at in a negative way! As we age, we start to realize things that we wish we would have known a long time ago.

We Stop Caring About Others Opinions

When we are younger we tend to really dwell on others’ perceptions of us and that sometimes holds us back from truly being ourselves. When we start aging, we start to care less about what others think and we start truly owning who we are. We create our own lives and we experience things that teach us that others’ opinions don’t matter as much as we might think. We begin to look back and regret spending so much time focused on others’ opinions of us that we never truly lived our life to the potential that we wanted to. As we age, this stigma goes away and we start doing things for the benefit of yourself and not others.

Family and Friends

As we age we start to realize how precious family and friends are. As our family grows from children to grandchildren we start to focus our lives on what our children are doing and what their children are doing. That one soccer game becomes more than just a soccer game, and that play becomes more than just a play. Watching those we love grow and learn allows us to grow and learn as well. As we age we think we have experienced all the life we possibly could have, but it only gets better the older we get. We start to pay attention to the small things because they tend to mean more than the bigger things in life. Younger ages focus on the big stuff and spend little time living in the moment with the small stuff. As we age we realize that throughout life it is all about the small things that lead up to the big stuff.

Our Priorities

As we age we start to notice how our priorities change. We begin to realize what matters and what doesn’t. We become better about separating our needs from our wants. We start to put others’ needs and wants before ours because that makes us happy. Being there for our children and grandchildren is one of the greatest gifts in life. We spend less time being stressed because we know that whatever happens is meant to be.

It’s Not That Bad

Aging is full of positive life aspects that we need to know when we are young, but that we never learn until later in life. It’s fun to watch others grow and learn something that we already know. Yes, some of the physical changes might seem like a bummer, but the wisdom is well worth it.

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Easy Holiday Decor in Assisted Living

‘Tis the season to deck the halls here at Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa, Idaho. With these easy and fun tips on how to decorate your home with the perfect holiday decor and how to make them brighten up the senior living community, you won’t want the holiday cheer to end. Here are some quick and fun decor ideas for your assisted living home.

Lights

Holiday lights are heartwarming and make your space feel a little more homey during the winter season. There are so many options of lights so that you can find the perfect color and style for your home. Whether it is white,blue,red, or even multicolor there are lights out there for you.
A majority of these lights also come with a battery power option as well so it is not drawing any unnecessary power, or causing a trip hazard from wires. Holiday lights bring a room to life but there are other options for lights as well. Such as a light up holiday sign or a small lit up tree for the bedside.

Crafts

There are so many fun holiday crafts out there that bring in the holiday spirit. Some famous ones are paper snowflakes that can be homemade and are always special. You can make them together in a group or on your own to pass the time.
Gingerbread houses are always a holiday specialty and can be very entertaining to make with and for family members. Ornaments are also a very popular and fun holiday craft to make. All these ideas can be found on Pinterest which have breakdowns and step-by-step instructions for each craft.

Senior Activities

Giving people the tools needed to knit or make quilts is another holiday gift you can add to your shopping list. Creating a wishing tree in an assisted living home can bring a humble atmosphere to the area. The gift of giving is sometimes the best kind of gift and a wishing tree will allow residents to ask for something and receive something.
The chance to participate in holiday events will build a positive aura in the home, no matter who you are. These activities can be fun when in groups of friends or in groups of family members. Be sure to consider some of these activities when having visitors during the holiday season. You can break the ice easily by engaging in problem-solving board games.

Cozy Must Haves

Fuzzy socks, soft blankets, fuzzy pajamas, the famous ugly sweaters, these are all must haves during the cold holiday season. Holiday themed fuzzy socks can be found at your local Dollar store, Marshalls, Target, or even WalMart. Soft blankets that have snow flakes, candy canes, Santa Clauses, or snowmen are all great holiday themed blankets. Or just buying colors such as red, white, green, and blue will bring in that holiday happiness. These small additions to a room can make a big difference.

Streamside Residents

It can be easy to go overboard on decorations. Especially if Christmas and Hanukkah are very special for you. Be sure to not cause any hazards for you and fellow residents at Streamside Assisted Living. Spend your money and time wisely by crafting a lot of the decorations yourself. Even the simplest craft like a paper snowflake can make all the difference.