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Preparing for Spring in Senior Assisted Living

Spring represents hope and new beginnings. It is an opportunity to appreciate the blooming perennials outside, to clean out, distress, go out and welcome the Earth as it comes to life again. People in assisted living facilities can take advantage of the warmth of the sun, enjoy the colors outside, and get physically active.

But knowing the residents are quite sensitive due to existing conditions and old age, welcoming spring needs careful planning.

These preparations are not only to prepare their homes for the new season but also to ensure they are safe and comfortable.

Clean Up

Foremost, cleaning up the walkways is a must to reduce the risks of falls. Unnecessary furniture and fixture that can obstruct the movement must be removed. The same goes for wiring, cords, or rugs that may cause fall or tripping must be moved elsewhere.

Do not forget to include the parts of the assisted living apartment or homes that are often neglected or have been temporarily ignored during winter. Include the windows, window casings, blinds, dusty ceiling fans, upholstered furniture to eliminate the dirt.

Lastly, have your carpets professionally cleaned to remove bacteria, allergens, and dust mites to prevent the senior residents from getting colds and breathe easier.

Check Fire Extinguishers, Smoke Detectors, and Emergency Kits

Spring is also the best time to go through your medicine kits to dispose of old, unused, expired medications. Tis provides a chance to replenish empty bottles and make sure current prescriptions are in a dry and secure place.

Take time to inspect smoke detectors that might be a falling hazard for the elderly. Double check if these detectors are still properly mounted on the ceiling, but if unsure of what to do and what to look for, it is advised to always ask for professional assistance.

That way change of batteries can also be done to adhere to the US Fire Administrations’ guidelines of changing the batteries at least twice a year.

Safety Inspection

Apart from removing potential risks and hazards, seniors in an assisted living facility must always feel safe. Inspect the lighting in the entire facility; check if motion lights installed along hallways, walking paths, and outdoors are still working.

Change lighting bulbs that do not provide sufficient brightness. Then, update stairs outside and/or inside the house by installing handrails on each side. Update the shower or bathroom area by adding a shower chair and grab bars. These additions would prevent falls or trips.

Prevent Colds and Allergies

Prepare and train staff to determine the cause of coughing and sneezing. Suggest residents with allergies to close their windows to prevent pollens from getting inside.

Always have an oral antihistamine ready to combat reactions to allergies. Remind assisted living residents to wear shades when outside to protect their eyes, hydrate, and use SPF.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month in Senior Housing – Lincoln, NE

March is officially Women’s History Month where countries around the globe celebrate and recognize the triumphs and accomplishments of women in culture and society. For the women living in senior housing in Lincoln, NE, and all over, this month celebrates a lifetime of accomplishments.

From different industries, specializations, races, and backgrounds, these women are appreciated for their outstanding contributions to society.

This month-long celebration is also a great reminder for elderlies in senior housing facilities to reminisce the old times. It is also a fantastic opportunity to talk about strong women in their times, how they overcame obstacles, and how they have put women’s place in a male-dominated society.

Activities for Senior Residents

Trivia afternoon or night is also an excellent activity to commemorate Women’s History Month. These names listed below are the world’s most influential women and can be used to celebrate Feminism in your trivia game.

It will not only add fun and excitement to the senior housing residents but also an excellent way to exercise their brains and memory.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an American poet, award-winning author, and civil rights activist. Born on April 04, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya worked closely with Martin Luther King. Her award-winning memoir “I Know Why The Birds Sing” is the first non-fiction best-seller by an African American that talks about racism, rape, and literacy.

Rosa Parks

In 1955, Rosa refused to give up her bus seat to white man, sparking important conversation on race in America. Her prior arrest and action sparked a series of protests in America.  She is also the first woman in American history to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Amelia Earhart

This American female aviator is the first to travel solo across the Pacific. She is also the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to mainland U.S. Amelia has set multiple flying records and has always been a true trailblazer.

Michelle Obama

The first African American First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama made great strides in US history. She has been an advocate for education, health, nutrition, and poverty awareness.

Margaret Thatcher

Also known as the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher is the longest-serving British Prime Minister. As the first woman Prime Minister, she is one of the most important figures in Britain’s modern history.

Diana Spencer or Diana, Princess of Wales

Princess Diana is known for her international charitable works even after her divorce from Charles, Prince of Wales. She focused on raising awareness about people affected with mental health, HIV/AIDS, cancer, banning of land mines, and sick children.

Senior housing staff may also facilitate granddaughter’s visits to encourage these young girls to grow strong and independent. This is also an opportunity for them to bond while swapping stories of their generations and experiences.

Lastly, spark conversation with residents reminding them that even as they age, they are capable of creating an impact in their communities. After all breaking barriers know no age.

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