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“Virtual Traveling” Brings the Entire World to You

Traveling around the world is a lifelong goal for many; destinations are put on buckets lists to be eventually be checked off, money from paychecks are put aside for years to be able to afford a trip, and the tourism industry contributed a whopping $9.26 trillion to the global GDP in 2019. However, travel is not always possible for people. Whether it be environmental factors, costs, physical ability, or something like the pandemic, many aren’t able to visit all the beautiful places they’ve bookmarked for a later date – until now!
Advancements in technology are now bringing tourism to your favorite devices: you can stroll through the Louvre, take a day trip to New York City, dive with the sea life in Australia and more, all from the comfort of your own home.
Everyone has their dream destinations around the world, and the Streamside team is excited to show you a few of the most popular places to visit, virtually!

The Louvre at Home

Surely you have heard of the Louvre art museum. If you have not, then we are glad to tell you this is likely the most well known museum in the world and it has been made virtual for you to explore!
Just looking at the Louvre from the outside is already like looking at a piece of art. The contemporary and attention grabbing glass pyramid entrance is beautifully juxtaposed in the courtyard of the former Louvre palace, built in the traditional French Renaissance style. You could spend a considerable amount of time just appreciating the architecture from the outside, but the real treasures are inside.
The Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, as well as many other well-known masterpieces, and they are all ready for you to view. The Louvre’s virtual tour has been made so it is essentially like you are actually walking through the museum! It comes complete with adjustable 360 degree views, the ability to zoom in and out, options to learn more about a piece of art, and their very own “Louvre At Home” activities. If a virtual tour of the world’s most famous museum and the numerous masterpieces sounds interesting, then your journey starts here!

A Day Trip in New York

New York City is home to some of the most amazing museums and galleries in the world. Perhaps the two most notable exhibits in the city are The Metropolitan and the American Museum of Natural History. Just like the Louvre tours, these museums also allow you to explore the exhibits with a 360 degree view. Both of these museums contain some must-see exhibits that take you back to ancient and even prehistoric times! The Metropolitan contains artistic works from some of the world’s most prolific artists. Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Goh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, and many other notable artists are all featured and virtually viewable at The Met 360 Project.
The American Museum of Natural History is where you truly get to go back in time. The museum offers a vastly diverse collection of fossils from nearly complete tyrannosaurus-rex or mammoth fossils to fossils still set in stone. This museum is not all fossils though, it also displays exhibits on ancient Egyptian relics, the animals of Africa’s great plains, the ecology of Northern United States forests, 8 different ocean ecologies, and much, much more! While you can navigate your own way through the museum virtually, the American Museum of Natural History also offers guided tours through Facebook Live as well. Museums want nothing more than to educate and fascinate their visitors, so do them and yourself a favor by doing some virtual exploring of their exhibits.

Take a Dive While Staying Dry

One of the most incredible and immersive experiences is scuba diving over pristine coral reefs. Thankfully, the folks over at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have brought that experience to your screen. Discover what it is like to be immersed in an environment completely different from your own. While scuba diving in person is entirely different from scuba diving from your screen, the virtual experience shows you what it is like to be surrounded by the unfamiliar, yet magical underwater world all around you. For starters, take a dive to Big Momma, which is said to be the largest Porites coral head in the world at over 500 years old.

While you may not be able to travel due to Covid-19 protocols or it being unfeasible for your current situation – cost, age, medical condition, required assistance, etc. – the team at Streamside Assisted Living can help. We would love to help you visit the destinations of your dreams from the comfort and convenience of our assisted living facilities!

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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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What is Memory Care Like at Streamside?

Some people don’t know, but Streamside also has a Memory Care unit that is specifically designed for those suffering from dementia, memory loss, and other related issues. From the rooms themselves to the specially trained staff and more, this facility offers a peaceful and supportive environment for the residents that live there.

The Lay of the Land

We offer two options to choose from when it comes to living arrangements: the main building, which features larger apartments, and the other building, which is designed to mimic a home environment with private bedrooms, open kitchens, family rooms, and secure outdoor areas.

Safety and Security

At Streamside, one of our top priorities is for our residents to feel safe and secure. In the Memory Care buildings, doorways and entrances are protected by electronic keypads to ensure that residents are comfortable and content within their familiar surroundings. Additionally, all buildings in our facility have registered nurses, nursing assistants, and a state-licensed administrator available to provide care 24/7.
We understand that the needs change constantly for people with memory-related problems, and the Memory Caregivers are specially trained to recognize those changes in order to provide the best care for each resident’s unique situation.

Entertainment

It wouldn’t be a senior living community without some entertainment and fun, right?! Every month, the team at Streamside puts together a calendar of activities and events that all of our residents can participate in if they choose. In the Memory Care unit, there are a variety of activities focused on brain development and memory care. Between private beauty parlors, exercise classes, church services, gardening, and more, there is always something to do at Streamside!

Is Streamside Right For You?

Choosing to move yourself or a loved one to an assisted living community is a big decision to make, and we’re here to help answer any questions you may have about our facility, amenities, or assisted living and memory care in general. Give us a call today, we would be happy to talk to you!

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Fun, Homemade Winter Decorations for Seniors

Now that the seasons are starting to change in the Treasure Valley, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season! The best way to get in the holiday spirit? Themed decorations! Whether you are wanting to spice up your living space, find activities to keep your brain active, looking for gift ideas, or are just excited for the coming months, holiday decorations are the way to go, and Streamside Assisted Living has you covered with some of the best ideas to get you started!

Homemade Ornaments

There is no better gift than one that is homemade. Ornaments are cheap, easy to make, and offer the option of a lot of customizability. The easiest way to start making a homemade ornament is to use a popsicle stick or two as a base, and decorate it with glitter, stickers, markers, and other small items. When they’re all done, you just have to attach a decorative ribbon to them and they’re ready to be hung up or given to family and friends!

Colorful Coasters

All of that wintertime hot chocolate and coffee have to go somewhere, right? There are many options when it comes to winter and holiday-themed coasters. You can start with actual ceramic tile as a base, or go simple and use a foam pad. If you’re going the ceramic route, you can use a combination of acrylic paints, nail polish, or watercolors to create your design. For the foam base, it would be best to glue felt or other foam to bring your ideas to life. You have the choice to make it however you want, and these can be actually used as coasters but they also make great ornaments!

Window Decorations

An easy way to winterize the view from a room (even if there isn’t snow on the ground outside) is with window decorations! These can range from all difficulty levels and be as artistic or as simple as you want. Some of the most popular include snowflakes made with glue, simple wreaths, and other pre-made hanging decorations that are ready to be customized to your liking.

At Streamside Assisted Living, we have an array of social and recreational activities that are sure to keep your loved ones entertained and having a good time in our community. Contact us or visit our website to see more of what Streamside has to offer!

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How to Help Your Immune System This Winter

While the winter months are rapidly approaching, the effectiveness of our immune system will naturally decline. We want to avoid this at all costs or at least do what we can to help keep it strong. If you are a senior and looking to boost your immune system, Streamside Assisted Living is here to help you. Read below to hear about some of our great tips to keep you healthy during the cold months!

Sleep

As a senior, one of the most important things you can do for your immune system is to get an adequate amount of sleep. It’s recommended that seniors get an average of 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep helps your body fight off infections when they’re present. When you don’t get enough sleep, your T Cells are less effective in killing infected cells. Stress hormones are also lowered when you’re asleep, which also helps in fighting infected cells. Little known fact, naps are actually encouraged to give yourself a small boost in your immune system!
Make sure to limit your screen time before you go to bed if you usually have trouble sleeping. When looking at an electronic screen, there is a certain light that is emitted that causes our brains to want to wake up. Limiting screen time will help in falling asleep!

Get Some Exercise!

We all know that getting exercise is good for you, but did you know that one of the reasons it’s good for you is because it boosts your immune response? When you work out, you get your blood circulating better, and it helps to strengthen your immune response cells. So, just like getting good sleep, exercise helps increase the effectiveness of your body’s ability to ward off infection. Aerobic exercise is recommended for strengthening your immune system because you’re constantly moving. As a senior, you may have more limited options for staying fit. Some great options are to join a swim class or take regular walks around the neighborhood.

Reduce the Stress in Your Life

It’s proven that stress in our lives decreases the effectiveness of our immune response. As shown above, our bodies do a better job of fighting off infection when we’re asleep partially because our stress hormones are naturally lower. If you decrease the stress in your life, it will naturally boost your immune system. This varies from person to person, but a lot of the time something like yoga or mindful meditation can help. It also helps to make sure you have connections with people you can talk to. Have someone to vent to rather than letting your stresses simmer in your mind can help in calming you down!

If you’re looking for more tips on improving your immune system, there are plenty of great resources online. Our top tips will get you started on the right track, but there’s always more you can do to benefit your body. At Streamside Assisted Living, we are always doing whatever we can to help our community members. We make sure our members receive a great diet and comfortable living standards to keep them healthy. If you have any questions about assisted living, give us a call! Streamside is always willing to help!

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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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Staying Active in Retirement

As we all get older, it can be harder to do the things we used to, whether it’s remembering the names of our neighbors or swimming laps in a pool. However, there are many ways to stay active in retirement, both mentally and physically, that can be extremely beneficial to our overall health.

Staying Mentally Active

The brain is one of the most important organs in our body, so it’s crucial that we exercise it regularly throughout our lives, even in retirement! Now is a great time to break out the old board games and relive some of that nostalgia from years ago. There are plenty of board games out there that are specifically designed to improve memory and problem-solving skills, and for the more tech-savvy individuals, there are even more online. Brain games like puzzles or crosswords are scientifically proven to improve cognitive function, and you get to have fun while doing it!
Arts and crafts can also be extremely beneficial. By strengthening the connection between your brain and your hands, arts and crafts help to improve your mental ability while giving you the creative power to let your imagination run free!

Staying Physically Active

Staying physically healthy and active is just as important as exercising your brain. Whether you are just going on a walk or playing a recreational sport, allocating some time every day to move around will significantly improve your overall health. If possible, spend time outside! At Streamside, we realize the importance of physical activity, so we offer exercise classes to all of our residents.

Staying Socially Active

In retirement, it can be easy to lose touch with friends and family, but that shouldn’t be the case! Social activities are a must; they connect us together as people and help keep us mentally and emotionally healthy. There are a lot of good ways to socialize in retirement, including some of the above activities. You can play board games, get involved in a leisurely sport, or collaborate in other interests and hobbies with friends and family. Socializing is meant to be fun, and Streamside offers many different opportunities to get together with other people. Who knows, you might even find a new best friend!

One of our priorities at Streamside Assisted Living is to provide residents with the resources to stay mentally, physically, and socially active. With bingo nights, church services, pleasant outings, and more, there is something for everyone to do at Streamside!

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4 Popular Assisted Living Myths, Busted

There are many misconceptions surrounding assisted living that can cause seniors and their families to turn away from the option of transitioning to an assisted living community. The stigma usually isn’t true, so we’re here to debunk some of the popular myths of assisted living.

Myth: Assisted living communities and nursing homes are the same thing.

Truth: While they might sound the same or be used interchangeably, the two are not the same. Nursing homes focus on providing more specialized, advanced health care services than an assisted living community. They are typically for people who do not need to be in a hospital but require constant medical care.
On the other hand, assisted living communities provide residents with more freedom and, while they do provide a level of medical care, they are more focused on helping residents with day-to-day activities such as laundry, bathing, food, and transportation.

Myth: Seniors will lose their privacy and independence.

Truth: This is far from the truth! At Streamside, we strive to let our residents be as independent as they want, with the assurance that help is at your fingertips if you ever need assistance. We have multiple floor plan options for private apartments that come unfurnished, so you can bring your favorite chair or wall decor, and really customize your living area however you want. Most activities you can do at your own leisure, but there is also a calendar of activities planned out each month that you can choose to participate in. You really are on your own schedule!

Myth: Residents often feel alone with little socialization opportunities.

Truth: Assisted living communities provide residents with the independence of their own private apartments paired with tons of opportunity for social interaction. Streamside offers a wide variety of social activities, including exercise programs, restaurant-style dinners, arts and crafts, and church services. We consider our residents as a part of our family, and no one wants their family members to feel like they are alone.

Myth: Assisted living is expensive.

Truth: When you factor in all of the services and amenities included in the community, assisted living is actually affordable for most seniors! Streamside also offers month-to-month rent rather than a lease or buy-in, with all utilities except phone included. In this way, you get all the convenience and independence of living in your own home, for a fraction of the cost.

If you have any questions about life at Streamside or assisted living in general, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you decide if assisted living is right for you or your loved one!

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Home Safety For Seniors

Everyone wants to feel safe within their home, and the same goes for your loved ones. If you are not quite ready to make the move to an assisted living facility, removing a few items and adding a few others can make the home safer and more comfortable.

Fall Hazards

A small trip can have serious consequences for seniors. By recognizing and removing potential hazards within the home, you can ensure that you or your loved one will be safer within your own home.

Rugs

Although they may spice up a room, rugs are just asking to be tripped on. An old rug will likely fold up on the corners, creating a fall hazard. It is best to either skip the rugs or get one that is very flat and has a non-slip bottom.

Clutter

Clutter becomes another potential hazard within the home. When individuals get older, vision decreases. This can lead to a possible trip on the clutter throughout a home that may not be as visible as it used to be.

Open Space

Open space equals fewer hazards. By clearing out space for only essential items, you or your loved one can feel safer within the home.

Safe Bathroom

Bathrooms are a space that is used many times throughout the day and often in the middle of the night when it is dark. By adding a few items, you can make the area safer.

Grab Bars

Installing grab bars by the toilet and in the shower can help with additional stability when you or your loved one’s balance declines.

Rubber Mats

Rubber mats throughout the bathroom prevent slipping on wet surfaces. It is essential to put on in the shower and other locations as needed. In order to make the shower even safer, consider installing a walk-in tub.

Toilet Seat

Consider replacing the toilet seat with a raised seat that has handlebars. This allows for a shorter drop down to the toilet seat which is safer for weaker joints.

Adjust Lighting

Aging eyes don’t see as well as they used to. Installing motion-detecting lights can ease the work for you or your loved one to make a safer environment. Also consider adding more lamps and other lights throughout the room to ensure a well lit, clear path.

Accessibility

Overall accessibility and convenience is the most important factor for an aging senior. Balance and motor functions do not work as well as you get older, so make sure everything within the home is easily accessible to avoid any unnecessary injuries.

Emergency Numbers

It is important to make sure that emergency numbers are easily accessible in case something does happen. Keep these numbers on speed dial, on the fridge, or somewhere else they can be retrieved easily.
If taking these steps isn’t enough, it may be best to enroll yourself or your loved one into an assisted living facility. Streamside Assisted Living is an excellent option that values both safety and comfort. Contact us today if you have any questions.

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Tips for Easing the Transition to Assisted Living

Change can be hard, especially when moving to an unfamiliar place. Here are a few tips to ease the process and make you more comfortable in your new home.

Get Help

Transitions can be hard and stressful when you are on your own. Whether it be your family or movers that you’ve hired, it is always nice to have help. Downsizing an entire house or apartment, along with fitting all of your belongings into an assisted living home, is a challenging task. Support from others eases the process.

Visit Before You Move

It is always good to know what you are getting yourself into in order to reduce stress and anxiety about the move. Familiarity with the facility, people, schedule, and overall environment can be extremely beneficial. Making sure that a facility can tend to all of your needs is important before committing to the move. It is also important that family members or friends are familiar with the space and schedule as well in order to be able to tend to the person’s needs. Familiarity with the schedule of an assisted living facility allows family and friends to visit more frequently and regularly.

Personalize Your Space

Streamside wants to make you feel as comfortable and at home as possible. By personalizing your space, it can feel homier, so decorate! Personalizing your space for special occasions, holidays, or just every day provides a comforting feeling within your space. Personalizing a home allows for comfort and independence within the facility.

Make Informed Decisions

Much of the difficulty in moving to an assisted living facility is the feeling that you are losing a sense of independence. It is important to keep similar routines and make similar decisions to those you would make at home. For some, this may be including family in all decisions about the care you are receiving or running it by another person. Before moving, it may be helpful to look at their website, talk to current residents or staff, and get all the information. This may include drawing up a blueprint of the room that you will be living in and using cut-outs to represent furniture and “decorate.” It also helps you know what to include when downsizing for the move.

Get Involved

When visiting the assisted living facility, find activities and events that are available to residents. Being involved in your community eases the transition and can make you feel more comfortable and welcomed. This could be as simple as finding puzzles, board games, or a group of individuals to have a weekly book club with or as complex as what permanent facilities are offered, such as a pool or gym. Activities and events such as these occupy the mind and create a distraction from the overwhelming feeling of moving. This also helps to establish a comfortable routine.
At Streamside Assisted Living in Boise, Idaho, it is our goal to provide residents with a comfortable environment and excellent living conditions. Contact us if you have any questions about moving into our facility!