Alzheimer's Patients and The Family That Love Them

A beautiful song by a 15 year old boy singing about his relationship with his precious Nan who battles Alzheimer's and his love for her. This goes out to anyone who's life has been impacted by this terrible disease. We understand, and we're here. Well done Harry!

Not Alone by Harry Gardner

How to Plan the Perfect Picnic

August is National Picnic Month

Polly | September 19, 2012

If you're looking for a fun activity for seniors, a picnic is an easy, low-cost idea for an afternoon outing.

There are few joys as great as planning, and pulling off, the perfect picnic. Although picnics are sometimes thought of as old-fashioned they can actually be the simple, unique, and incredibly fun. Whether you are planning a romantic picnic, a family picnic, or an occasion-based picnic there are a few basic guideline that you should follow. While picnics appear effortless and nonchalant, a great picnic takes a little bit of planning and creativity. However, what a picnic does not require is a lot of money. This is what makes picnics a wonderful experience; you can plan a unique and fun picnic and not have to spend a lot of money doing so. Below are tips on how to plan the perfect picnic.

1. Pick a location

While you may want to start packing your picnic baskets right away one of the first things you should do is pick your picnic location. Depending on the type of picnic different locations could end up making all the difference. For example, a romantic picnic will benefit from choosing a location that holds special meaning to the couple, such as the flower field that they visited on their first date. A family picnic is made even more fun at a favorite park where there is a playground nearby for kids to play in. While an occasion-based picnic, such as a birthday picnic, will benefit from a location with beautiful scenery that is perfect for taking pictures.

2. Gather Your Supplies

If you don’t already own picnic baskets or picnic coolers then you should invest in some to make your picnic truly special. Picnic baskets make it easier to carry food, plates, utensils, and even wine glasses without things breaking or spilling. You can find a large variety of picnic baskets online including baskets that are extra large or that have special holders for wine glasses and come with plates and silverware.

3. Pick Your Food

Once you’ve looked at picnic coolers and found the perfect one for you the next step is to plan the food you are going to bring. Try to keep food simple. You don’t want to bring ice cream or foods that can easily spoil. You also want to steer clear of food that will need to be reheated. Instead pack cheese, fruit, bread, crackers, salad, cold chicken, sweets, and other foods that will be easy to pack and serve. Make a meal plan ahead of time so you aren’t digging in your refrigerator at the last minute for things to pack in your basket.

Planning a picnic is easy as long as you stick to a few guidelines. Once you pick the location, gather your supplies, and come up with a menu ahead of time you will be able to easily plan the perfect picnic that everyone will appreciate.

Senior Living Choices

Decisions regarding senior living options can be overwhelming for seniors and their families. There are stages in everyone’s lives when living situations must be considered. The earlier you and your loved ones discuss these choices, and how needs change over time, the less stress you will have. The following article can help you plan and make informed decisions so that these choices will be less overwhelming.

Living choices depend upon the health and well-being of the individual. These choices are usually in one of three categories: Independent living, Assisted living, and Nursing Care. For healthy seniors enjoying retirement, they are living independently. Independent living does not mean that you cannot have the assistance of others. It just means you do not depend on it. Many seniors living in their own homes, or in a retirement community, choose to use home care. There are many reasons for this, from companionship to help with cooking, cleaning, and running errands. This assistance provides the extra time to enjoy retirement life. As you age, your health and well-being changes. Consider your choices.

As age related health conditions develop loved ones may be concerned for your health and safety. Often seniors will be in denial that they need help. If there is a diagnosis of a disability or condition that limits their ability to care for themselves, assisted living should be considered. Conditions such as heart problems, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other age related disorders warrant this level of help. For those who want to remain in their own home, assisted living can be provided through a homecare agency. Homecare can provide help with daily living activities, from household chores to personal care assistance such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and mobility assistance. Many Independent living communities have an assisted living offering. Assisted living facilities may be a good choice if the senior cannot remain at home, yet does not need skilled nursing care. There are many choices available for your health, safety, and peace of mind.

If needs become such that skilled nursing care is required, a nursing home may be the best option. Nursing homes provide intensive, long-term medical care to seniors with serious health conditions in a fully staffed and monitored environment. This may be the best option if family lives a distance away. Many seniors, even with high needs and disabilities can stay at home with a combination of homecare Aids, home healthcare nursing visits, and family support. Determining your best option is the goal.

Different stages of life will cause you to confront different needs and options. We recommend discussing your needs and desires with family, those close to you, your doctor, and a Geriatric Care Manager. Whatever your hopes and desires are for your senior years, there are many choices. Aging in place, in the comfort and safety of home is now a feasible option for most. Whatever your stage of life, it is good to know you have choices.

For here for a PDF of Senior Living Choices chart.

Spreading Christmas Cheer in the New Hampshire Lakes Region

Two of our resident elves were caught in the act of spreading Christmas cheer recently. Be on the lookout for this colorful duo, they may just be making a stop at a location near you. 

It will never cease to amaze me when I see a seniors eyes light up from a simple "wow" being added to their day. These moments of delight are a big part of what we do here at Abundant Blessings Homecare and it's those smiles that make my day. 

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