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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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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 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.


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!

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5 Reasons Why You Want to Move to Assisted Living

In the past, assisted living has had a negative connotation, but it doesn’t have to! Assisted living is oftentimes an excellent option for seniors to guarantee comfort and safety.

Safer Living Environment

Although most people value their independence highly, a home environment can still be achieved at an assisted living home. Assisted living provides individuals with a safe, comfortable environment. These environments utilize modifications and tools to make everyday activities safer for residents. Adjustments are often made in the bathroom, such as higher toilets; in the kitchen, such as single-level faucets that can balance water temperature; in the living room, such as removing rugs as they are a tripping hazard; and avoiding all stairs. These changes allow for safety within the home environment along with providing comfort.

Fitness and Physical Therapy

The goal of assisted living communities is to help seniors feel comfortable and stay young at heart. This can be achieved by maintaining a regular exercise routine or participating in physical activities. In addition to the physical therapy and memory care that is offered, opportunities for physical fitness in assisted living go far beyond what caregivers can provide in a home environment. The convenience of treatment being located in close proximity helps to ensure the safety and comfort of the individual living in an assisted living community.

Healthy Dining

Caregiving in the home does not allow for sufficient supervision regarding eating habits and nutrition. Additionally, the inability to cook can cause significant nutritional deficiencies. Meals in an assisted living community are either served or help can be provided to prepare them, customized to specific medical conditions. This ensures sufficient nutrition in order to avoid faster health declines.

Assistance in Activities of Daily Living

Assisted living allows individuals to focus on themselves and their health as opposed to other obligations that come with living on your own, such as yard work or housekeeping. This allows for more utilization of available resources and activities that make them happier and healthier. Streamside Assisted Living offers a variety of activities that create opportunities for social interaction, entertainment, and recreation.

Socializing Opportunities

Social isolation has been shown to lead to poor health outcomes. Seniors often times have a hard time engaging in socialization due to being retired, no longer being able to attend social events, or their friends/spouse may have passed away. Assisted living hosts engagement with others to provide easy social interaction.
Assisted living has been shown to provide many benefits for senior citizens. It takes the stress away from both the individual and caregivers in order to ensure a happier, healthier, and safer environment. Enroll yourself or your loved one into Streamside Assisted Living to ensure comfort and contentment.

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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.