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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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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.

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These Board Games Improve Memory and Problem Solving

Christmas is right around the corner. Instead of buying another scarf or blanket, invest in a game that will challenge your mind and jog your memory. Board games while not as popular as they used to be, still have a timeless feel. If you’re looking for some easy entertainment and fun, then these board games can provide you with just that and more. Strengthening your memory and problem-solving skills is especially important for residents in assisted living care centers.

The Settlers of Catan

Catan or rather, Settlers is a multiplayer board game where players become settlers and try to build their holding areas by acquiring resources and trading them. This is a game that requires lots of communication and strategizing. The great thing about it is that it is fairly easy to learn, so picking up on the rules should be simple. The typical amount of players is 3-4 but with expansions, this number can increase.

Ticket to Ride

Trains! This game is great for geography and conversing about your travels. Players are given cards that have different kinds of train cars. You then use these cards to mark your train route with the small train shaped pieces. Your goal is to connect to destination cities and or create the longest route. The classic version mimics a map of North America, whereas other variations of the game cover other countries. This can spark memories of past travels and family genealogy.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

The board of this game mimics that of Clue where there are several rooms in a large house, players have to navigate through. Different rooms within the mansion contain items, omens, or traps. You are all allies until the “haunt” begins where one of the player’s sides with the monsters and ghosts. The betrayer assumes the role of one of the monsters and remaining players must strategize to defeat them.
This game is pretty hefty to learn, but once you’ve played once, you won’t want to stop. Every time you play it’s like a brand new game. Anyone or no one could become the betrayer at any moment. The suspense and variability of the game keeps it fresh and you won’t easily burn out after a few times.

Incan Gold

Speaking of traps. Incan Gold is a game where players have to collect treasure all while avoiding traps and hauling your findings back to camp. A total of eight people can play this game, so it makes it great for large gatherings. This board game for seniors will exercise their problem-solving and creativity. Luckily, because it’s a luck-based game, it’s just a question of how lucky are you? And How much are you willing to risk?

Chess

We had to include this board game. Studies have shown that chess offers numerous amounts of health benefits. A big part of it is memory improvement. Players have to remember their opponents playing style, rules, and mistakes. Chess sparks both sides of the brain to work, so players can show off their logical and creative side all at once. Someone great at chess exhibits high memory recall and performance. There is something very calming about playing chess. With its ability for players to keep to themselves and strategize in their heads, chess is a game that can be enjoyed without speaking a word.

Assisted Living Nampa

If your assisted living center doesn’t already have some of these board games, then I would consider gifting these to your friends and family. They are a great way to connect and compete with fellow residents and family members. At Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa Idaho, we provide a helping hand when you need it most. Our residents are an important part of what we do, so we make sure their stay is as comfortable and fun as they want it to be.