Senior Living Blog

How to have a fun summer while staying safe from coronavirus

As the weather begins to turn warmer and we move into summer, we’re thinking about new ways to have fun while staying safe. With COVID-19 sticking around, we must still follow recommendations by the CDC to stay safe while living a vibrant life.

Our first priority is keeping our residents and associates safe, but we also believe in the importance of allowing and encouraging our residents to engage with their friends and families. So, we’ve compiled a few things to think about when you’re making plans to visit your loved one this summer.

  1. Hold visits with your loved one outdoors while social distancing and wearing proper PPE. Recent studies show that transmission of COVID-19 may be less likely to occur outdoors than indoors.
  2. Bring along activities that can be done while social distancing, or while on different sides of a window. Some examples of this could be a window marker to play tic-tac-toe, a game of horseshoes or making art together!
  3. Continue to visit your loved one over Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. We encourage our residents’ friends and families to continue helping us keep our community safe, and this is one of the main ways you can help!
  4. Pack a picnic and enjoy it with family or friends while maintaining social distance. Sharing a meal is a great way to connect with people while staying safe.
  5. Get moving! Get outside! Enjoy a nice walk or a round of golf. Keep in mind your limitations, wear sunscreen, and drinks lots of water. The heat can be brutal in some areas, so limiting your time outdoors may be necessary.

Don’t see anything on this list that excites you? No worries – our amazing Vibrant Life® directors have tons of ideas and ways to keep you entertained and engaged. You can even make your own suggestions to bring the fun to you.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us keep our residents and associates safe over the past few months. We’re excited to continue ensuring that our residents live a vibrant life.

How to celebrate Father’s Day during coronavirus outbreak

We blinked, and now June is right around the corner. Summer is approaching quickly, and along with it are the holidays it brings. In June, we celebrate Father’s Day. This special day honors the great men in our lives who have served as our fathers, father figures, mentors and role models. The way we celebrate these great men may look a little different this year, but the extent to which we celebrate and honor them will not. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas to share the love while also keeping your loved ones healthy and safe.

Create a Video Card: Gather the troops and make a video card to share with your loved one. Ask your family members and friends to record a video describing a favorite memory and/or their favorite things about the man of the hour. Compile all the videos to share with your father. This is a gift that will continue to spread happiness and love with every press of the play button.

Host a Sidewalk Celebration: Bring the celebration to your father. Coordinate a time with us so he can come to a window or patio to be properly celebrated. Make festive signs, and spend time catching up with him.

Make a Photo Album: Pictures are worth a thousand words. Find photos from every chapter of your father’s life and put them in a photo album. To make it interactive, encourage him to write down the memories associated with the picture on the back of each photo. This is a great way to pass along the stories and experiences of our loved ones.

At ISL, we look forward to honoring the incredible men in our community with special meals offered through Elevate® dining and celebratory activities planned through our Vibrant Life® program. So mark your calendars for Sunday, June 21, 2020, and start planning your Father’s Day celebrations today!

Integral Senior Living remembers the women who make a difference

As we move into Women’s History Month and look forward to International Women’s Day on March 8, our team at ISL is taking a moment to think about the many contributions women have made throughout history and the benefits they have brought to our lives.

It’s so important not only to honor the women who have made history, but also to recognize the women we know personally who have changed us for the better. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by incredible women. These are mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmas, friends and colleagues who have made significant contributions to the people in their lives through hard work, dedication, determination and lots of love.

We encourage you to take the time to connect with the women around you and engage in meaningful conversations with each other. There are so many things we can learn from passing along one another’s stories and experiences.

At ISL, we believe in honoring the stories our residents have by getting to know their past and supporting them moving forward. We always encourage residents to never stop learning and exploring. Through our signature programs like Elevate® and Vibrant Life®, we do everything we can to offer new experiences.

Whether you are a resident, loved one or incredible care associate, we honor you this month.

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Elevate your senior living meals and share love this Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or your family, or if you’re just taking some time to practice self-care, the day is all about love.

“Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” –Robert Heinlein

One great way to celebrate is to partake in fellowship over a meal. Our communities will be offering special menus just in time for the holiday that you won’t want to miss.

With our Elevate® dining program, we make sure every meal is as delicious as it is nutritious; but we go above and beyond on special occasions. The program is designed to go beyond traditional senior living meals by making most things from scratch and focusing on tailoring each menu to the needs of the residents. By enhancing the presentation of menu selections to accommodate dexterity challenges and modified diets, we strive to promote dignity and independence while providing residents the opportunity to enjoy the meals they love.

Want to know more? Visit our Facebook page or website to get a glimpse into the daily lives of our residents as well as the Elevate® dining program.

Integral Senior Living offers nontraditional resolutions for seniors

Each time January rolls around, we take time to assess the past year and work harder toward our life
goals, one small step at a time. But New Year’s resolutions can be hard to decide on. Should you work on
your health? Your personal life?
Here are some nontraditional resolutions you could make:

  • Make a new friend – Friendships help us all stay connected and give us someone to spend time
    with. Friends can help us process emotions, engage us in thought-provoking conversations and
    make us laugh. When you really think about it, friendship helps us stay mentally and emotionally
    healthy!
  • Do a puzzle a day or find other ways engage your brain – Keeping your brain busy helps it stay
    healthy. A great goal is to strive to do something that really makes you think every day.
  • Learn something new – There are always new things we can learn, no matter how much we
    think we know. This is a great time to learn something you’ve always wanted to.
  • Write letters/keep a journal – Journaling can help you understand your thoughts and feelings
    more clearly and can improve your mental health. And who doesn’t love receiving a letter from
    a friend or loved one? Writing and receiving letters can be a great way to keep in touch and
    show someone that you’re thinking of them.

At Integral Senior Living, our New Year’s resolution is to continue to support and encourage our associates to the best of our
ability. This is something we’re always working toward, but it’s never a bad idea to begin pursuing
something with renewed passion at the beginning of the year.
So to start off 2020, this month we’re celebrating our Vibrant Life directors! This month includes
National Activity Professionals Week, which is observed in order to recognize the contributions made by
activity professionals in nursing homes, retirement communities and senior centers throughout the
nation. We are so thankful to have such amazing associates supporting us in our mission to help each of
our residents live a Vibrant Life.

End of the year offers chance to remember, be grateful

Happy December! This final month of the year gives us an opportunity to look back at 2019 and remember all of the incredible things that happened. We have so much to be grateful for, and it’s good to take a moment and think about the people and things that have brought you joy. Here at ISL, we are thankful that our coworkers and residents are both friends and family to us.

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you know matter what.” –Unknown
We believe this quote is so true! Our residents and team members have the best families, from the people who are related to them by blood, to the people who care for them, and those who would do just about anything to see them smile.

The feeling of family is what makes living and working at ISL so fun. By keeping to our “Culture Keepers,” we ensure that every day we can look forward to coming to work and seeing our favorite people. We work hard, but we have so much fun doing it!

Want to learn more about our communities? Visit our Communities page, or find us on Facebook! We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thanksgiving is a special time spent giving thanks with friends and family. When you have a
loved one who is in a senior living community, the holiday can be become more challenging. If
you are in charge of organizing the festivities, it is important to make sure that you go about your
usual traditions as much as possible. One way to do this is through your Thanksgiving meal.

The ISL signature Elevate program transforms the dining experience into a culinary celebration
that inspires the engagement of our residents, families and friends. We create dishes inspired by
residents’ cherished recipes and time-honored traditions, which allows the rest of the community
a glimpse into their cherished culinary memories. The Elevate program allows residents to
engage in creating new memories based on lifelong experiences created around the dinner table.

Is your loved one facing dietary restrictions? Do they have trouble cutting certain foods? You
may need to alter your Thanksgiving menu to accommodate his/her needs. These are questions
the chefs at our community consider every day. We make sure to provide nutritious meals that
are tailored to the needs of the residents we serve, despite their dexterity challenges and modified
diets.

From all of us at ISL, we want to wish you and your family and friends a safe Thanksgiving!
Tune in to our Facebook page, as we will be posting all the fun Thanksgiving celebrations at our
wonderful communities all over the country. We encourage you to gather and celebrate all of
life’s gifts this November.

Five tips for avoiding the flu

October is the beginning of the much-dreaded flu season. At Integral Senior Living, we want to make sure our residents and their families are living their healthiest lives, which is why we are sharing a few tips and tricks on flu prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 9.2 million and 35.6 million cases of flu arise each year in the United States.

The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza types A and B viruses. Flu activity often begins in October and can last until as late as May. It is important to take preventive steps to minimize your exposure, build up your immunity and reduce your risk of infection.

See the list below for our top five tips for staying clear of the flu!

  • Get a flu shot – While seasonal flu shots do not protect against all strains of the virus, the vaccine does trigger antibodies to develop in the body which then provide protection against that specific virus strain.
  • Stay home when you are sick – If you are feeling under the weather, is it better to stay home and regain your strength. The bacteria and viruses that can be found at your office, school, etc. can actually worsen your symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose – Find yourself coughing and sneezing constantly? Use a tissue or the corner of your elbow to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. This will not only prevent those around you from getting sick, but also help by keeping your hands clean.
  • Wash your hands regularly – Use soap and warm water when available. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also do the job.
  • Maintain your immune system – Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep, and exercise regularly.

Want to know more about our communities and our outstanding level of care? Visit our Facebook page to get a glimpse into the daily lives of our residents, then visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

We look forward to meeting you and helping everyone live a healthy life!

Healthy Aging Month – Tips on staying healthy as we get older

September is Healthy Aging Month and the perfect time to start practicing habits with positive health benefits!

At Integral Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating an environment for our residents to age happily and healthily. We are always creating opportunities for our residents to get active and stay engaged through our Vibrant Life program.
Nevertheless, healthy aging is about more than just staying active. If you aren’t practicing good, healthy habits, this month is the perfect time to start! It’s never too late to make positive changes. See our list below for healthy habits you can start today for a healthier tomorrow!

1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet – This is an easy one! Adding more fruits, leafy greens like spinach and kale, and omega-3-rich fish like salmon, tuna and halibut into your diet can have remarkable health benefits. Not only do these foods contribute to better overall health, they also can directly benefit eye health. Our Elevate dining program helps residents maintain a healthy diet with an enhanced culinary experience, integrating fresh cooking and our residents’ favorite home-style meals.

2. Get enough sleep – Your mind cherishes sleep the same way your body cherishes food. The amount of sleep you get each night becomes more important the older you become. Older adults should aim to get seven to eight hours of asleep a night. Developing a regular bedtime can make falling asleep easier. Lack of sleep can cause depression, irritability, increased fall risk and memory problems.

3. Get active, be active, stay vibrant – Strive for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day! Regular exercise tends to lead to notable health benefits and may delay or improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. ISL residents achieve this through our signature Vibrant Life program designed to enhance and enrich each day through personal schedules based on their interests, preferences, routines and abilities.

4. Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat when outdoors – Protecting your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays when you are outdoors is vital for your eye health. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

5. Cultivate relationships – Meeting new people and forming a connection with them can have a positive impact, not only on life experiences, but also on mental health! Staying socially engaged has been shown to keep the mind active. Additionally, it’s important to have a support system and social network you can rely on each day.

These simple tips can have a positive influence on aging for both physical and mental health. For more tips on ways to make the most out of Healthy Aging Month, check out Healthy Aging!

If you would like to see firsthand what our ISL communities are all about, we’d love to show you around! Please visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

We look forward to meeting you and helping everyone live a healthy, active lifestyle!