With an increasingly aging population we often find that our clients may be considering different housing options. It can be difficult for them to know the difference between the options available in their communities. One such option is a Campus of Care. A “Campus of Care” means a situation where more than one level of housing is provided in a single residence. The residence would offer Independent Living, Assisted Living and Residential Care. The philosophy behind the Campus of Care is that it allows the client to age in place under one roof, avoiding the need to move residences all over the city or the province simply because an individual’s care needs change.
The Campus of Care is a great option for couples. Rarely do a couple’s care needs progress at exactly the same rate. More often one spouse’s care needs will increase at a faster pace. Couples are often able to live together longer in an Assisted Living environment with support. When that spouse’s care needs progress to where they are requiring 24 hour care then that spouse would move into Residential Care but under the same roof. It is as close to living together as is possible with differing care needs.
Article by, Shelley Grenier, CPCA
I’m 87 … can I stop exercising yet?
A - Though we may need to adjust the intensity and, perhaps, the kind of exercise we engage in as we age, studies show that regular exercise always remains important. In fact, the older we are the more important exercise becomes! Ughh! Well, to help inspire us, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of exercise for people in the seniority of life:
Fact 1: The body’s ability to heal itself declines with age.
Laurie Duke, R.N., CPCA
Apple Blueberry Compote
This deep blue chunky treat is awesome on its own or served up with yogurt for breakfast or a snack. Sprinkle it with some homemade granola for added crunch or pack it in the kids’ lunches for a special dessert. Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 10 min | Servings: 5.
Recipe printed with permission - Recipe developed by Emily Richards, PH Ec. Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011.
“Every day is an opportunity to make your life the way you want it to be. Anything is possible when you work toward it, one day at a time. Skip a day, and you lose momentum. Try to do it all at once, and you burn out. Steadily, consistently work, making every day count, and you will reach your goals. Today is a chance to grow - to do a little bit more than you did yesterday, a little bit better, a little bit more effectively. Anyone can do a little more, learn a little more, and grow a little more each day. Soon, with consistent effort, those "little bits" add up to major accomplishments. Is there something you want to change? Today is the day to start changing it. Is there a new customer you want to land? Today is the day to start making it happen. Do you need to lose weight? Today is the day to start doing it. Not next Monday or next month - today. You deserve to reach your goals as soon as possible. Control today and you control your life.”
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
John Homer Miller
Peanut Butter and Your Health
Peanut butter reduces the risk of heart disease, increases good cholesterol and is high in both dietary fibre and resveratrol, which helps fight cancer.
Reprinted with permission from Living Assistance Services.