Wings of Comfort: The Retreat Hospice by Saad Outdoor Oasis Transformed by Home Depot's GenerosityAt The Retreat Hospice by Saad, a haven dedicated to providing compassionate care during life's final season, an extraordinary transformation unfolded in 2023, thanks to the benevolent partnership with The Home Depot Foundation. This collaboration showcases the power of community service and highlights the incredible impact that thoughtful gestures can have on the lives of those facing the challenges of hospice care.Each year, local Home Depot stores rally theireams, resources, and expertise for community improvement projects. The range of initiatives is vast, from building homes for veterans to crafting bird sanctuaries for families in need. The Retreat Hospice became a recipient of Home Depot's volunteer projects, turning their grounds into a serene haven for patients and their families.Brian Clifford, the local Home Depot manager, collaborated closely with the dedicated team at Saad to bring to life a project that would resonate with the unique needs of Southern Alabama's population. The result was an oasis designed to connect patients with the tranquility found in nature, particularly through the enchanting world of native birds.One heartwarming suggestion from the family of a guest at The Retreat Hospice led to the creation of bird-friendly spaces visible from patient rooms. When the opportunity arose for Home Depot to enhance the hospice's grounds, the decision was clear a project that aligned with the desires of those seeking solace in the beauty of nature.Home Depot's generous donation included over 20 unique birdhouses, bird baths, feeders, vibrant flowers for a butterfly garden, lush shrubbery, potted plants, and new rock lining the walking trails. The transformation aimed to offer guests and their loved ones a variety of spaces for reflection, connection, and respite.The birdhouses, strategically hung from trees just outside each patients porch, have become focal points where families can be found rocking together, sharing laughter, shedding tears, reading, or simply enjoying quiet moments alone. The addition of beautifully landscaped areas and improved walking trails further enhances the hospice's commitment to providing a peaceful and comforting environment.The collaboration between The Retreat Hospice and Home Depot represents more than just physical improvements; it symbolizes a community coming together to support one another. The project not only contributes to the well-being of current patients and their families but also leaves a lasting legacy of compassion and kindness.To Home Depot, The Retreat Hospice expresses heartfelt gratitude for the choice to partner with them. The generosity and joyful service displayed by Home Depot's "army in orange" have left an indelible mark on the hospice's mission to care for the community with excellence. This transformative project will continue to be a source of comfort and solace for those navigating the final season of life, reminding everyone involved of the profound impact that acts of kindness can have on the human spirit. The Retreat Hospice by Saad is a private, freestanding hospice respite located in Mobile, Alabama. They offer 24-hour resort-level care. Contact the Retreat Hospice by Saad at 251-380-3810.
Maintaining flexibility becomes increasingly crucial for overall health and well-being as we age. Regular stretching can help seniors enhance their range of motion, improve posture, and reduce the risk of injuries. In this weeks Living Gracefully blog, well explore a series of simple and effective daily stretches tailored to seniors unique needs. These exercises can be easily incorporated into a daily routine to promote mobility, flexibility, and a more active lifestyle. Neck Stretches: Gentle neck stretches relieve tension and promote good posture. Seniors can start with simple neck rotations and tilts. Slowly move the head from side to side, and gently tilt the head forward and backward. Hold each stretch for about 15-30 seconds, being mindful of discomfort and avoiding sudden, jerky movements.Shoulder and Upper Back Stretches: Seniors often experience shoulder and upper back stiffness. To alleviate this, try shoulder rolls and seated spinal twists. These stretches can improve flexibility and reduce the risk of developing muscle imbalances. Remember to breathe deeply and relax into each stretch.Arm and Wrist Exercises: Maintaining strong and flexible arms is crucial for daily activities. Wrist circles, bicep curls, and triceps stretches can help seniors maintain strength and arm flexibility. These exercises can be done while sitting or standing, making them accessible for individuals with varying levels of mobility.Chest Opener: A chest opener stretch helps counteract the natural tendency to hunch forward, which can occur with age. Seniors can perform this stretch by interlacing their fingers behind their back and gently lifting their arms while squeezing the shoulder blades together. This stretch enhances chest and shoulder flexibility.Seated Leg Stretches: To improve flexibility in the lower body, seated leg stretches are effective and safe. Seniors can perform seated hamstring stretches, ankle circles, and knee-to-chest stretches. These exercises help maintain flexibility in the hips, knees, and ankles, promoting better mobility.Gentle Yoga or Tai Chi: Consider incorporating gentle yoga or tai chi into your routine. These activities combine stretches with mindful movements, providing a holistic approach to maintaining flexibility, balance, and mental well-being. Many community centers offer senior-friendly classes.Balance Exercises: Incorporate balance exercises into your routine to prevent falls and enhance stability. Simple activities like standing on one leg or walking heel-to-toe can be effective. Always ensure safety by having a stable surface nearby for support.Daily stretches are crucial in maintaining and improving flexibility for senior adults. Incorporating these gentle exercises into your routine can help alleviate stiffness, enhance mobility, and improve overall well-being. Before starting a new exercise program, consult with a healthcare professional, and always listen to your body, modifying stretches as needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.At Grace Management, Inc., our communities provide wellness opportunities to fit various needs. Are you interested in learning more? Head over to the communities page on our website and find a community near you.Its not like home. It is home.
Harmonious Healing: Benefits of Music Therapy for SeniorsFebruary 6, 2024 | Tiffany Wyndham Hunt, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist Board CertifiedAs we age, our bodies undergo numerous changes, and maintaining a good quality of life can become a challenge. In this pursuit of well-being, music therapy for seniors has emerged as a powerful and uplifting tool. Beyond being a source of joy and entertainment, music therapy has proven to offer physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for supporting quality of life.Music Therapy ExplainedWhat is music therapy anyway? According to the American Music Therapy Association, its the use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Music therapy is administered by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.Enhancing Cognitive FunctionMusic has a unique ability to stimulate multiple regions of the brain simultaneously. For seniors, especially those dealing with cognitive decline or dementia, participating in music therapy can help activate neural pathways and improve their cognitive function. The rhythm, melody, harmonic progression, instrumentation, style of music, and so many other aspects can support reminiscence and memories, communication, alertness, engagement and cognitive response.Breakthrough BehaviorsBarbara, a CC Young memory support resident, appeared tired and, when asked by our music therapist how she was doing, she commonly answered that she was hanging in there. During one music therapy session, Barbara was given a small tambourine and naturally began to play it. Barbara gradually became more engaged, including the time when Take Me Home, Country Roads was playing, and she commented, Virginia is far away. This was an exciting breakthrough during the session, as Barbara had been reluctant to participate.Emotional Well-BeingMusic has a powerful and scientifically based ability to evoke emotions and memories. Due to changing living circumstances that often accompany aging, seniors may face challenges such as loneliness, depression or anxiety. Music therapy offers an emotional outlet, comfort, relaxation and a sense of connection. Listening to or singing familiar tunes or participating in music-making activities lifts spirits, reduces stress and creates a positive emotional environment. Music is innate in our culture, and it is therefore a source of grounding. So when music is intentionally employed by a music therapist, it can produce noticeable comfort, enjoyment and camaraderie.At the beginning of one particular group music therapy session, CC Young resident Rose was dozing in her chair. When approached by our music therapist who was playing the song New York, New York, Rose awoke with a big smile, began singing along and played a hand drum while moving to the beat of the music. She perked up, sharing with the group memories of her times visiting New York City and how much she loved shopping there.Physical RehabilitationMusic therapy programs for seniors dealing with physical ailments or limitations can also be integrated into rehabilitation plans of care. The rhythmic patterns and coordinated movements associated with music aid in improving motor skills, coordination and overall physical well-being. Whether through dance, rhythmic exercises or playing instruments, seniors experience benefits in movement that promote physical and mental health, often aiding their rehab and road to recovery.Social ConnectionMusic brings people together and finds common ground regardless of race, language and socio-economic factors. Music therapy does the same thing. Through group activities or one-on-one sessions, it creates a sense of community and social connection. Group singing, drum circles or interactive musical games provide opportunities for social interaction, which reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness. Music therapy creates a sense of belonging and emotional support.Habla EspaolAt CC Young, occasionally, we will care for a resident for whom English is a second language. When Julio came to CC Young for rehab services, he was encouraged to participate in music therapy as part of his care plan. He was delighted to know the music therapist spoke Spanish and had fun joining the therapist in singing Spanish hymns.Improved Sleep QualitySleep disorders are common among seniors, and they can affect physical and mental health. According to UC Davis Health, music at around 60 beats per minute, which is the same as a relaxed heart, can slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure and promote better sleep patterns, contributing to overall improvement in quality of sleep. Likewise, listening to calming music before bedtime or incorporating music into relaxation routines can promote better sleep patterns and contribute to an overall improvement in sleep quality.In the symphony of life, music therapy stands out as a harmonious healer on multiple levels for older adults. Music therapys ability to address physical, emotional and cognitive well-being makes it a valuable and accessible tool for seniors. As we continue to explore the therapeutic potential of music, it becomes increasingly clear that the melody of life can be enriched, and the challenges of aging can be met with the uplifting power of music therapy.Want to learn more about music therapy for seniors? Contact us and get in touch with a CC Young senior living expert today.