Active Senior Living - Reinventing Yourself With Drive, Determination, and Desire After 60

Posted on September 2, 2009
Filed under Retirement living

As I go about my typical day I can’t help but notice increasing numbers of people over the age of 60 still in or returning to the workforce. At 11pm the toll booth operator, at 1am the early morning cashier at Kroger, the other day my pizza delivery guy, all seniors, still on the job for various reasons. I sat down and pondered, “What’s it like to have to reinvent yourself after you have reached your sixties?”

I didn’t have to go far for some answers. My mother who just turned 63, recently retired from her self employed business. She’s been in the bridal business for more than 20 years and a seamstress for more than 30. As one of her former customers says, “She does the best bridal alterations in North Carolina,” which is no easy feat.

My mom had been talking of retiring for more than a year and at first I thought it was just that, talk. As the months approached to D day (Do It Day), I watched, listened and came to understand her drive, determination and desire. You see all three of Read the rest of this entry »

Options for quality senior care

Posted on August 25, 2009
Filed under Adult care options, Caregivers

As we get older, so do our parents.  We are responsible to care and to look after them.  Of course, that is what they did for us when we were smaller.  The changes that need to be made for their care alter not only our families but our entire households.  You need to consider several different options to ensure their quality of life.

One option would be to have a professional come to the home and look after the everyday living needs of your parents.  They would do the small tasks around the house such as cleaning and cooking.  That is expensive and time consuming for one person to handle, therefore, the social part of the day is Read the rest of this entry »

Getting a needed break from caring for your senior loved one

Posted on August 12, 2009
Filed under Adult care options, Caregivers

When caring for an elderly loved one, there inevitably comes a time when you need a break from your caregiver duties. Caring for a senior can be a very difficult responsibility, especially if you have a job and are responsible for keeping your household together.  You may have children, which is a full-time job in itself.

It’s sometimes difficult to recognize that everyone including YOU needs quality of life. As they say on the airlines, put the oxygen mask on you before assisting others. That’s a great metaphor for caring for the senior in your life. You need to keep rejuvenated so that you have the energy to properly and lovingly take care of them. So how do you get Read the rest of this entry »

The three key considerations when caring for seniors

Posted on August 1, 2009
Filed under Caregivers, Health, nutrition

Caring for your aging loved one can be a daunting task that carries a lot of responsibility.  Whether or not your senior lives with you, it can be hard for you to think about what they actually need and how to take proper care of them.  The following 3 tips will help you with their most important concerns.

1.  Senior Nutrition:  We all get tired of cooking and cleaning up after ourselves with meals.  We also have a problem with our taste buds changing over time.  It is no different for our seniors.  They don’t want to cook neither care much to eat.  What can be done?  Make it easy!  Make it easy for them to pop something into the microwave or oven.  Make it good for their taste buds so that they will want to eat again.  Make sure your loved one has one balanced meal per day.  As they eat and make it easier for themselves, it will become a routine and you will see over time them changing their eating habits and become much better.

2.  Hygiene care:  As we age, it becomes harder and harder to do the personal care things that we have always done.  And we really don’t see the need to do them to keep ourselves up.  For what?  What can we do to help our loved one maintain their personal hygiene?  Encourage them with their personal hygiene, compliment them when little things are done, make sure that they feel safe getting in and out of the tub.  Maybe assist with in and out of the tub but leave them to do their own personal care.  And always remember to encourage them by complimenting them when they do something different that really should be done.  A little bit of help and encouragement will see that their hygiene will improve over a short period of time.

3.  Medication:  Most of our seniors are on some if not large amounts of prescription medication.  It is hard for them to remember when and what to take, what needs food, and what does not.  Work out a system, an easy system, with a pill box and check that system everyday.  It is very important for medication to be given at the proper time and the same time on a daily basis.  You continue to do this and it will become a routine with most of the seniors.  They will feel better and as they feel better they will remember more and more what they need to do to feel better.  Check with your physician.  When there is a change with medication, be aware of the side effects that could happen.  Watch closely, don’t hesitate to call the physician if you see something that is unusual.  Life becomes easier and can become happier for our seniors with just following a few easy steps and it also can become easier for caregivers.  The job is not easy!

We take our responsibility to the senior population of New York’s Hudson Valley very seriously. Southwinds provides a great home for seniors who need some assistance with their day to day care, whether that need is full time care or just a fun place to socialize during the day. If you have questions about any aspect of senior care, please call Southwinds at 845.341-1888. We’d love to get your feedback about this post and your thoughts about how we might be of service. Feel free to leave a comment below, and we will respond quickly.

Nice Weather

Posted on June 17, 2009
Filed under News

Well nice weather has come upon us, time to start thinking about vacation or maybe just doing some work arond the house or maybe even short day trips. Are you caring for or responsible for a senior loved one? Don’t feel like you just can’t get away or focus on the project at hand.

There is an answer and it’s short time stay Southwinds Retirement home has the ability to provide short time stay, Stay a week or two maybe a month! Make use of all the actives for the week or two have a care free time filled with enjoyment. By the way most towns in the county have this service just need to make a few calls.