Differences Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

Assisted living and nursing homes represent two different options on the spectrum of senior care. If you do not know the difference, think about them this way: assisted living communities provide a certain level of assistance, but they are designed for people able to care for themselves. On the other hand, nursing homes are primarily caring facilities. A skilled nursing facility in Denver provides 24/7 medical care for people who spend most of their time in bed or suffer from degenerative affections such as dementia.

Assisted living communities do not provide constant supervision. Some of them may have an onsite health clinic and also offer some help with house chores, but residents are able to take care of themselves, so they do not have staff at their disposal 24/7.

skilled nursing facility in Denver On the other hand, nursing home residents suffer from physical or mental issues that make them completely dependent on the care provided by nursing professionals. Some of the people in nursing homes may need this level of care only for a limited period of time, until they recover from accidents. Nursing homes offer less privacy options; there are shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and the overall atmosphere is mostly similar to a hospital. Assisted living facilities are like regular homes, but inhabited exclusively by seniors who receive only some forms of assistance and benefit from community activities organized for them.

 

Ways to Make Your Mom Feel Special this May

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Happy Mothers Day from the caring professionals at Rosemark At Mayfair Park. If you have a harmonious relationship with your mother and you have not bought her a gift yet, do not panic. It is never easy to find the right present (even if flowers and chocolate are always a risk-free choice), but we are here to help you with some ideas on how to make your mom feel special on this particular day.

  1. Treat her with a day at the SPA

Whether it’s a soothing massage, a facial nourishing treatment, or 30 minutes spent in a Jacuzzi, your mom will appreciate the opportunity to relax and forget about her daily worries.

  1. A pampering day at home

Your budget is too short for a day at the SPA? Bring her a cosmetician at home, to treat her with nourishing and relaxing body treatments and make her the manicure and pedicure. Or bring her a masseuse.

  1. A special day out

It is always a good idea to spend some time with your mother in the city. The most special gift you can offer her is your time, so you can dedicate her one afternoon in which you can do together pleasant activities and create memorable memories. Whether you choose going to the theater, walking in a park, having a decadent shopping session or a delicious lunch in a restaurant, we guarantee that your mom will feel great.

How Can You Tap Into Your Creative Side as a Senior?

Most seniors might find it quite difficult to deal with learning new skills. With time, being able to practice and adapt to new work can become difficult if not impossible, depending on who you are. But is creativity really the same way? Creative skills are far more special and complex than the skills you’d gain from regular practice, so tapping into your creative side is actually possible any time and almost in any situation.

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Tapping into your creativity requires as little as two strokes of the brush for some, while others have to struggle to come up with a creative idea for something they can craft or for paintings, writing and other artwork. Whether you were skilled with the brush as a youth or not, it stands to reason that practicing painting can help you get a lot of skill even as a senior. Also, it likely won’t take too long to use that skill to your advantage.

Writing, crafting and pottery are other creative pursuits you can consider. Some are more difficult than others, but none are so physically taxing that you wouldn’t be able to consider them.

Of course, it’s important to keep a clear mind and a cheerful disposition while you’re practicing your creativity. Don’t forget that any activity you consider has to be fun before anything else. When considering senior living Denver options, think about the activities offered at each skilled nursing facility in Denver. If being creative is important to you, you will want to do some research and make some visits to see what creative opportunities are available.

Helpful Tips for Getting Along with Your Retirement Community Neighbors

If you just moved to a retirement care community or an assisted living center, you might have neighbors you don’t necessarily see eye to eye with. Or alternatively, you might be the type who likes to relax with a good book, rather than get too friendly with the neighbors.

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Regardless of what your reasons might be, keeping yourself isolated and maintaining your privacy might be a very important thing for you. If that’s the case, consider the following tips for getting along with your retirement community neighbors:

  • Greet them amicably without lengthening the small talk too much. However, make sure when you say “good day,” you actually mean it.
  • Keep eye contact and make sure your neighbor knows that they can rely on you. For that purpose, small gestures like letting them borrow some sugar or a bottle opener might be suitable.
  • Consider sharing one or two of your hobbies with them, if they are interested. You can always put it out there in casual conversation, and see if they have a similar hobby that you can talk about on occasion.

Even though you might prefer to be alone, it’s important to follow these tips in order to maintain friendly or at least cordial relations with your .neighbors. After all, you never know when you might need each other, or when the ripe opportunity arises to make a new friend. For more ideas regarding retirement living, look at https://rosemarkmayfairpark.com.

Here Are some of the Greatest New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

So it’s almost the holiday season again, and as the new year approaches, you will want to keep your senior family members from feeling under the weather. I know I’d want my kids to cheer me up when I get older – who wouldn’t?

Of course, doing that while not seeming like you’re a know-it-all who is too young to know what they’re talking about can be a bit of a challenge. However, should you take the time to consider the following New Year’s resolutions and present them to some of your senior family members, you might get them to have some genuine fun for a change:

  • There are all those “senior things” that you can plan, such as living a healthier life and exercising at least 30 minutes per day. But why not suggest something more exciting to go with it – such as traveling to a national park they always wanted to see, or spending time in nature with the grandchildren.
  • Reviving an old friendship can be a beautiful New Year’s resolution to follow. If your loved ones seem uneasy about it, you can even offer to lend a hand by researching the person’s whereabouts or offering to drive them to the place when they decide to go.
  • Finally, consider suggesting activities and games to exercise better mental health. For example, it can be both your and your father’s new resolution to get together at least once every one or two weeks to play chess.
  • Now might be the time to consider transitioning into Rosemark senior retirement living communities. See all the wonderful amenities this community can offer your senior family member.

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Tips for Having Great Communication in Assisted Living Communities

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According to the researchers, socialization plays an extremely important role in the life of senior citizens, being an essential aspect that should not be overlooked.  Rosemark At Mayfair Park Denver assisted living communities have plenty of socialization opportunities, with people of the same age, and this interaction with others is the best antidote for boredom or for the feelings of being useless – both very common at this age.

Seniors become more communicative when they are a part of a community. Talking to each other, commenting on the news together, evoking memories, sharing beliefs and ideals or exchanging impressions -these are important details in their lives.

The long-term effects of socializing include many benefits. It strengthens physical condition, improves cardiac health, reduces blood pressure, improves nutrition and diet, increases confidence, relieves stress and depression, improves sleep, maintains the brain more active and healthy, reduces memory problems, decreases the perception of pain, increases the level of happiness and provides a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.

For better communication with others, specialists recommend that seniors remain open-hearted and open-minded, take advantage of amenities offered in assisted living communities and learn new skills or discover new hobbies in the company of other people, enjoy the virtual world, read, exchange ideas and make friends with whom they can spin memories, exercise together an so on.