Moving to Assisted Living? How to Downsize

 

  Downsizing is one of the most popular trends around the nation right now.  There are as many motivations to downsize our lives as there are lives.  Some downsize in order to move into tiny houses, some downsize in order to simplify their lives, or to allow them more time to travel.  Today we're going to talk about downsizing our possessions in preparation for a move into an assisted living situation.

How many of us are living with entirely too many items in our possession?  If we're honest, probably nearly every person in our country could stand to shed some excess in this area.  We've all got excess.  If you raised a larger family, especially on a homestead or farm, you most definitely have excess.  We're not here to examine how we find ourselves in such a situation, however, but rather how to deal with getting rid of some of the excess so that we can move forward into a healthier atmosphere for us!

The house.  What to do with the house?  It's a hugely daunting question if you've never considered how to make a transition from owning your own home to living somewhere else.  There is a proverb that says, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  This is precisely how you'll need to deal with getting rid of your house & possessions, one small step at a time.  First, know that you will not be able to do this alone, or quickly.  It will take time.  The first step would be to get an assessment on the value of your home/property.  Check with a local realtor with whom you can list it if you will be needing the income in order to fund your move into an #assistedlivingfacility.  If you do not need that extra income, consider giving it as an inheritance to someone you love, or preparing to sell it in order to gift the profit for those you love.  When you begin discussing the process with your family, be prepared for all kinds of emotional responses.  People have a number of emotions that are connected with places and memories & it is natural to see a full spectrum.  If there is a smooth way to pass it on or sell it to a family member without causing resentment, do so, otherwise you should feel no guilt at selling it on the market to avoid resentment between family members.

Once you've answered the largest question, you'll more than likely have an easier time with the smaller things you need to deal with.  It will also help you in other areas.  If you're selling or gifting the house, you'll have a time frame within which to work in order to have your things taken care of.  You can decide whether your large appliances or farm tools will convey with the house or property.  The smaller items will become much easier to handle.

Beginning with the more valuable furniture and possessions, decide which things give you joy & those that you'd like to have around you for the remainder of your life. Do not feel guilt about having them moved.  Do you enjoy playing an instrument?  Will you have room in the place you're moving to? Bring it along & you'll find that after you've downsized, you'll have more time to practice.  Do you have a favorite hobby?  Bring the items along that will enable you to participate in the hobby as long as possible.  Downsizing does not mean getting rid of everything you enjoy, but rather narrowing your scope to keep only those things that you DO enjoy and ridding yourself of the rest.

If you can, try to go through your home in categories & move as quickly as you can from one category to the next.  Discard those things that have no value to you or others.  Donate those items that have use to a charity.  Goodwill is working together with USPS to accept items that you ship free of charge.

You'll have obvious needs where you're going.   If you need kitchen items, consider which ones are the most pertinent to your situation.  Now is a good time to get rid of the excessive kitchen gadgets, pan collections, tea sets, silver service, etc.  If you're moving to a smaller location, you'll more than likely not be the one hosting large family gatherings & will, therefore, need fewer kitchen items.  Keep basic linens & clothing items.  Keep photos that are meaningful to you, distribute the rest that may hold more meaning for others in your family.

Above all, keep the lines of communication open with all of the people who will be affected by the decisions you're making.  You want this move to be a positive one for you and for your family, so don't allow petty miscommunications and misunderstanding to ruin the good things that can come from this time of transition.  Moving is always stressful, but taking it one step at a time, one day at a time, you'll be able to accomplish the huge task of downs

Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness is an evasive thing.  People have been studying it for years, especially in elderly adults who seem prone to sadness and isolation.  But, those studies have contradictory data.  Some of them include statistics for people who “feel isolated” while others only study data from people who have been so lonely and depressed that they’ve opted for medical help.  Because of all of this conflicting data, we don’t really know as much about the causes of loneliness as we’d like.  We do, however, know more than we used to.  There are certain consistencies in the data that help us narrow down some factors of loneliness.

Moving to a new place and living there for less than a year appears to be a catalyst for loneliness, especially in older people.  This is most likely due to changing relationships.  If a senior citizen moves, they’ll lose relationships that they may not have even recognized as important to them.  They’ll no longer chat with the postal worker or the same grocery store attendants that they used to.  They may not be able to invite the neighborhood boy that mows their lawn for a lemonade.  Over time, they’ll gain other social connections that are similar, but immediately after a move, those changes can add up to an unoccupied space that others used to fill for them.  It will take some intentionality after a move to form new relationships but establishing them is important for all involved.

Being involved in a church or another place where you can volunteer also seems to have larger impacts on the elderly.  Perhaps because the connections formed there can give you some commonality of purpose and a desire to help others, involvement in these types of things, keeps people from being lonely.  Knowing that you are contributing to society and that your input is needed and appreciated can do a great deal to stave off loneliness and depression.  Those who choose not to be involved in these have higher rates of loneliness.  Find out small ways to get involved in an activity that interests you, but this also helps others.  It will be beneficial for the organization and for you!

Hobbies are another option for pushing off loneliness.  The data is not conclusive on why hobbies can help, but it seems reasonable enough to say that if you have a hobby that you’re passionate about, you’re probably a bit more interesting to talk to.  If you find someone that is interested in the same thing, you can connect with them on a deeper level of communication than just the weather.  Even if the other person is not interested in exactly the same thing, they’ll understand your passion and your interaction will be livelier.  You may also learn about what they are passionate about!

Loneliness can have huge and lasting impacts on our health.  It is said to be just as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!  It can lower your immune system’s ability to fight.  It can also cause you to be pushed to the outside of social networks with others who are lonely.  It is a strange conundrum that if you are feeling lonely, people tend to push you further away.  This may be because your loneliness makes them feel more lonely, in turn.  But all of these things are based upon people’s feelings & perceptions of their situations.  If you can change those feelings and perceptions, you can change being lonely.

A recent study in the UK watched people on public transport.  Those who initiated conversations with strangers were reported as less lonely.  Those who only talked if someone else initiated conversation were more lonely and those who refused to interact with strangers were the most lonely.  They then studied the same people and asked those who were not generally comfortable with initiating conversation to begin doing that.  It is a simple and seemingly inconsequential change for someone to make, but it had huge impacts on their feelings afterward.  They felt generally more positive and less lonely!

You may be feeling lonely and isolated, but that does not mean you have to become an extreme extrovert to overcome those feelings.  Sometimes it is the small, daily acts that can have the largest impact over the course of months of our lives!  Initiate conversation.  Get a hobby.  Start volunteering.  Recognize the loneliness dissipate.

 

 

Meal Planning

Meal Planning

Food is a matter of much discussion all across the country.  It evokes emotions all across the spectrum, especially if people have food related illnesses that need to be controlled, like diabetes.  Food is a topic of debate even with people in their younger years.  Should you have more protein in your diet or more fat?  Should you limit your carbohydrates?  How much sugar is acceptable and which forms of sugar are healthy?  How do dietary needs change as we get older?  We can easily open up a can of worms if you bring up a specific kind of diet plan, and everyone seems to have an opinion about what is best.

For elderly people, diet and meal planning may not be as much of a hot topic but it has, perhaps the greatest potential to change health outcomes among any group of people alive.  The method discussed below will be for a one or two person household that has to plan for every meal throughout the week.  But it can be applied to a larger family or groups of individuals - such as those living in assisted living or independent living communities.  There are a variety of ways to make this process even easier, one is by using an internet-based food delivery system.  Another way is to use Amazon.com or another internet-based business to order staple supplies, like canned goods, that you can used for multiple meals.  It saves you the expense and trouble of arranging the transportation of going to the grocery store.  There are other systems, such as nutria-system, that will do the work of meal planning for you and you only need to arrange for the pick up or delivery of the food.   If you are on a tight budget, also look into a program called, “Meals on Wheels” which may be available in your area for a meal on a regular basis.

The Approach

If you are starting from scratch, print a blank calendar for one month.  Divide each day into 3 sections by placing lines across the box.  On a separate piece of paper write down the things you’ve discussed with your doctor or nutritionist that need to be incorporated into your diet.  Many elderly people find that they are not getting enough protein, some also find that they need to cut sugar out of their diets.  Some need to include more foods with iron or calcium.  Whatever your needs are, write them out on the paper beside your calendar so that you do not lose sight of that while you’re making your plan.  Research which foods carry the goal nutrients you’re hoping to increase & write them beside your list.  If you choose to plan for an entire month, but most people plan for 2 weeks at a time.  If you meal plan for a month, plan to use fresh, quickly perishable foods at the beginning of the month (berries, asparagus, etc).  Longer lasting produce in the middle of the month (carrots, cabbage, apples). And finally, canned options for later in the month.

Now, think about your day & your natural appetite.  If you are not usually hungry in the morning, you can still plan for what you’ll eat for breakfast but make the portions smaller so that you do not feel ill upon eating.  Be sure to write water at the top of each day’s meal if you are trying to improve your hydration.  It is a simple item that often gets overlooked when one lives alone.

As you plan for your breakfast, be sure to include a protein, fat, carbohydrate and a fruit or vegetable each meal.  Protein is very important at the first meal because it helps to keep your blood sugars stabilized throughout the day.  The carbohydrate will give you the quick energy that you need to get up an get moving.  An example of a balanced breakfasts might be: 1 scrambled egg (or egg white) with spinach, 1 piece of toast with butter, & a handful of cherries.

Another option might be: A bowl of oatmeal with fruit and cream, and a hard-boiled egg. Some people try to eliminate anything sweet from their diets, but it is better to include fruit with a low glycemic index so that you eat a bit occasionally instead of starving yourself of it and then crashing and eating half of a chocolate cake.  If you find that you need to reduce your sugar intake drastically but cannot kick the cravings, begin taking a strong probiotic.  These bacteria help to digest the sugars and the candida in your body, balance out your own gut bacteria and eventually nearly eliminate cravings for sugars.

Lunches are generally the largest meal of the day, but feel free to adjust to your own lifestyle.  Include a type of starchy carbohydrate to hold you over for the afternoon, something like rice, potatoes or pasta.  Whole grains options are much better for sluggish digestion than their enriched and bleached counterparts. Add in a protein, and a lot of vegetable options.  Have milk or another type of drink that includes calcium if you’re supposed to be improving your calcium intake.   This is generally the best time to take vitamins, as well, as your stomach will be more stable and the heavier food makes it easier to digest them without upset.

Suppers should include similar things to lunch, but in lighter proportions for easier and faster digestion.  Remember that you’ll be lying down a few hours after you eat, so if you like spicy food, you may want to have it over the lunch hour rather than the supper hour so that heartburn will not keep you awake!

With all of these things in mind, make out your meal plan.  Include a few foods that you enjoy, but do not have regularly, like fish perhaps.  This gives you something to look forward as you begin to prepare for your week.

From Grocery Store to Pantry Shelves

After you’ve finished shopping in the store or online, and before you put the items away, get your meal plan out.  Look at what types of meals you have listed.  If you have several meals that include ground beef, for instance, that need to be browned, take the opportunity to brown it now.  You can freeze it in individual meal portions for use later in the week or month.  Also take care of washing, shredding, dicing and chopping any produce that will need that preparation.  One of the chief complaints that I hear from senior citizens regarding food preparation is that it doesn’t seem worth it to go to all that trouble and have all those dishes “just for me”.  If you consolidate the food prep into one evening, it cuts down drastically on the dishes because instead of having to haul out the frying pan for each time you need to brown a ¼ # of meat, you only haul it out once and wash it once.

Make sure to mark any of the portions that you refrigerate or freeze in advance so you know what  is included and perhaps even write which meal you planned it for.

Sharing Is Fun

Another thing to consider when you’re making your meal plan, if you have the funds to do so, is to plan a couple of meals that you could share with others.  Plan on having someone over a couple of times during the month.  This will give you confidence to do so without having to come up with a plan at the last minute.  It will also help you to have something to look forward  to.  If you have young children that come to visit, consider adding the ingredients for cookies or a dessert to your shopping list so that you’re prepared.

Whichever combination of tools you use to be sure that you’re eating properly, be sure to use a meal plan of some kind.  Any large changes to your current diet should be considered with your health professional and/or doctor.  A healthy diet can be the difference between years of good health and energy and years of just getting by with little energy and stress.  No one really likes to plan meals well in advance, but stress is eliminated, budgets are easier to maintain and health is improved when we do!  Good luck!  If you run out of  ideas, have someone over to eat with you and maybe you can brainstorm together some options that might be good for both of you  to include on your menus in the future!

 

Recognizing Excellence - Chris Thomas of BeeHive Homes!

Today we recognize and highlight one of our many top team members, Chris Thomas, who is an administrator for our BeeHive Home in Santa Fe, the BeeHive Home in White Rock and the BeeHive Home in Raton.  At BeeHive Homes we always try to attract the best caregivers and talent in the world.  Chris is a great example to all who provide care for others.  He joined the BeeHive team almost three years ago, leading his team to not just engage our residents but showing how best to build relationships through service, activities and genuine concern and love for all.

Recently we received the following letter from the daughter of one of our residents.

Letter Dated Jan 8, 2021

Dear BeeHive Assisted Living - 

As the daughter of a resident at the [name of home removed] Beehive, I wish to commend Chris Thomas, Administrator for the exemplary work he is doing.

I spent many years in healthcare working as a nurse for both non and for - profit organizations.  Chris is an administrator working hands on to ensure the safety and care of my mother in a way that is not only impressive but a rare quality seldom seen in administrators.  He goes the extra mile and deserves recognition from his supervisor and/or owner of this franchise.

I did not find an email address for the BeeHive Corporate Office or the owner of Santa Fe's BeeHive Home in searching online so I am sending this the old fashioned way, USPS.

Sincerely,

Elise R.  LPN, B.F.A.

 

Thank you Chris for your efforts to brighten the day of everyone who crosses your path!  We value and appreciate your leadership and example to others in the assisted living industry!  Thank you for offering the best in senior care through your meaningful relationships and service to those cherished residents thriving in our homes!

25 Assisted Living Care Facilities in New Mexico

24 Assisted Living Care Facilities in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico has a lot of recreational activities to offer such as skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. Additionally, nature lovers would especially like the beauty of its landscape, including desert, dense forests, mesas, and snowy mountains. In fact, New Mexico is at the top of the list for seniors looking for an affordable but beautiful retirement destination. Most seniors now choose New Mexico as the best place to put down roots during their golden years.

If you’re one of those who are considering New Mexico as a retirement destination, you should know that Roswell, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces are less expensive destinations than Santa Fe. If you’re planning to find assisted living in New Mexico, you can check any of our suggestions below. For your consideration, we have chosen 24 assisted living care facilities in New Mexico that offer care, love, and security for you and your aging loved one—facilities which can be considered the HOME of the residents.

1. BeeHive Homes of Alamogordo

BeeHive Homes of Alamogordo

BeeHive Homes of Alamogordo

Featuring a wonderful home-style living, BeeHive Homes of Alamogordo is specifically designed to accommodate and care residents with memory loss.  Its assisted living home is small by design, which creates a more family-like environment.

Residents receive more time from the caregivers to ensure that their need requirements are consistently met and real relationships between staff and residents grow. Each resident has his/her own individual room and bathroom for personal independence and privacy. Their delicious meals are served in a family-like setting as opposed to a large cafeteria.  Residents can participate in individual and/or group activities.

Family members are also encouraged to visit and participate in their lives and care as well.

2. BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque

BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque

BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque

Known as one of the premier Albuquerque assisted living facilities, BeeHive Village provides a wonderful home-like environment, making it the perfect transition from an independent living facility. This facility promotes senior independent living with caregivers who can help/assist.

The facility offers the finest of assisted living care. Residents can enjoy home-cooked meals, healthy and rejuvenating activities, and most especially meaningful relationships.

3. BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque West

BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque West

BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque West

BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque West offers better health and happiness. The facility has trained staff who can provide medication assistance and serve 3 meals every day with each one tailor-made to your aging parent’s changing health needs.

Since relatives and friends are not always available, BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque West has professional caregivers providing loving care to your aging loved one. The facility hires only the most compassionate and kindest individuals to care for the residents. You need not worry about your aging parents well-being as the facility staff members endeavor to provide a safe, secure, and enjoyable environment for their residents.

4. BeeHive Homes of Four Hills

BeeHive Homes of Four Hills

BeeHive Homes of Four Hills

Featuring home-style living in smaller facilities, BeeHive Homes of Four Hills is intended to offer a family feel with more quality care and intimacy to your aging loved one. The residents of this facility enjoy individual rooms and bathrooms to support independence, delicious home-cooked meals, activities and exercise, caring and compassionate caregivers, group association with open dining and living areas, and family participation. Each home in the facility has 12–16 rooms.

5. BeeHive Homes of Taylor Ranch

BeeHive Homes of Taylor Ranch

BeeHive Homes of Taylor Ranch

Designed as a smaller home with 12–16 rooms for a more comfortable atmosphere, BeeHive Homes of Taylor Ranch focuses on providing the very best assisted living services to its residents. Although small, the facility is still able to provide plenty of privacy for your aging loved one. But it also has a family-style living with a large open dining room and living room where your aging parent can have plenty of contact with the caregivers and other residents

This facility provides a private room with individual three-quarter bathroom, large room that can accommodate an individual or a couple, a family home environment, pendent emergency call system, private telephone jack or use of house phone, cable TV access, home-cooked meals, 24-hour care and assistance, medication administration and assistance, individualized and group daily activities, and linen, laundry, and daily housekeeping services. It also has an inviting large living room, dining area, convenient bathing area, kitchen, patio, and porch. To ensure personalized care, the facility has excellent resident to staff ratios. 

Its additional services which are payable to service providers include nursing services provided by a Home Health Care Agency, Home Health Care Agency and Hospice services, private phone, pedicures, and beautician/barber services.

6. BeeHive Homes of Volcano Cliffs

BeeHive Homes of Volcano Cliffs

BeeHive Homes of Volcano Cliffs

At BeeHive Homes of Volcano Cliffs, your aging parent can enjoy an individual spacious room with bathroom to promote individual independence, independent living and personal care, delicious chef-prepared home-cooked meals, activities and exercise catered to the seniors, compassionate and caring caregivers, group interaction with open living and dining room areas, and continual family participation.

7. BeeHive Homes of Bernalillo

BeeHive Homes of Bernalillo

BeeHive Homes of Bernalillo

BeeHive Homes of Bernalillo also offers a home-like setting with home-cooked dietitian-approved meals and snacks served in a home-style dining room, private rooms and baths, as well as amazing care, love, and security for you and your aging parent. The facility has an open door policy and no designated visiting hours.

Every day, the facility allows four hours of activities to keep the residents’ body and the mind active with dominos, bingo, arts and crafts, card games, and range of motion exercises.

The facility staff provides daily housekeeping, laundry, appointment scheduling, transportation arrangement, medication assistance, and general health monitoring. It also has an on-call registered nurse who is available as needed and an emergency call system.

8. BeeHive Homes of Bosque Farms

BeeHive Homes of Bosque Farms

BeeHive Homes of Bosque Farms

For a homier more comfortable atmosphere, BeeHive Homes of Bosque Farms provides 2 smaller homes with 15 rooms each. Despite it being small, the facility still provides plenty of privacy for its residents. It also provides a family-style living with a large open dining room and living room for your aging parent to have plenty of contact with other residents and caregivers or private space.

Like other Beehive Homes, this facility also provides delicious home-cooked meals, a family home environment, 24-hour care and assistance, medication administration and assistance, trained staff (including dementia care), and excellent resident to staff ratios to ensure personalized care, among others.

What’s more, both homes in Bosque Farms are senior assisted living homes and other facilities offer Alzheimer’s/dementia secured assisted living homes for residents with cognitive impairment.

9. BeeHive Homes of Clovis

BeeHive Homes of Clovis

BeeHive Homes of Clovis

Featuring a family-style living environment, BeeHive Homes of Clovis offers a small home-like atmosphere with plenty of privacy. It allows residents to comfortably transition from independent care. It also has family-style living with a large open dining room and living room where your aging loved one can enjoy with other residents and caregivers.

At BeeHive Homes of Clovis, your aging parent can enjoy a private room, which can accommodate an individual or a couple, with individual three-quarter bathroom, pendent emergency call system, private telephone jack or use of house phone, as well as deliciously cooked meals, 24-hour care and assistance, medication administration and assistance. It also has excellent resident to staff ratios to ensure personalized care.

What’s more, BeeHive Homes of Clovis has trained staff for dementia care. It has both Senior Assisted Living homes and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Secured Assisted Living homes for residents with cognitive impairment. It has electronic security and enclosed yards and patios to prevent cognitively impaired residents from wandering.

10. BeeHive Homes of Deming

BeeHive Homes of Deming

BeeHive Homes of Deming

BeeHive Homes of Deming offers individual rooms and bathrooms to promote and support independence, delicious home-cooked meals, activities and exercise, and caring caregivers to its residents. What’s more, this facility offers respite services to those who need a bit of extra help before returning home after a hospital or rehab stay.

11. BeeHive Homes of Edgewood

BeeHive Homes of Edgewood

BeeHive Homes of Edgewood

BeeHive Homes of Edgewood offers assistance to residents with their activities of daily living, meal preparation (three times a day), activities, and medication management. It has excellent resident to staff ratios for personalized care.

Your aging loved one can enjoy a family, home-like environment, home-cooked and dietician-approved meals, and 24-hour staff onsite. 

Other services provided include home health care, hospice, nursing or therapy provided by home health, podiatry care, beautician and barber services, as well as private phone.

12. BeeHive Homes of Farmington #1

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #1

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #1

Offering care, love, and security for you and your aging parent, BeeHive Homes of Farmington has an open door policy and no designated visiting hours. It is considered the home of the residents and not a facility.

Residents enjoy three dietitian-approved meals and snacks served in a home-style dining room. They are able to enjoy 4 hours of daily activities, such as dominos, bingo, arts and crafts, card games, and range of motion exercises, to keep their minds and bodies active. What’s more, BeeHive Homes of Farmington residents are provided with an on-call consulting Registered Nurse available as needed and an emergency call system.

13. BeeHive Homes of Farmington #2

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #2

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #2

BeeHive Homes of Farmington provides three restaurant quality, dietitian-approved meals daily and snacks served in a home-style dining room. Residents can enjoy activities that will keep their bodies and minds active every day. They are given spacious private rooms with cable/satellite TV hookups. On-call registered nurses are also available as needed.

BeeHive Homes of Farmington offers responsible and caring staff to assist residents with their ADLs.

14. BeeHive Homes of Farmington #3

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #3

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #3

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #3 provides residents with individual rooms and bathrooms, the best home-cooked meals, daily activities and exercise to keep their minds and bodies active, group association with open dining and living areas, and responsible caregivers.

15. BeeHive Homes of Farmington #4

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #4

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #4

BeeHive Homes of Farmington #4 provides residents with individual rooms and bathrooms, the best home-cooked meals, daily activities and exercise to keep their minds and bodies active, group association with open dining and living areas, and responsible caregivers.

16. BeeHive Homes of Gallup

BeeHive Homes of Gallup

BeeHive Homes of Gallup

BeeHive Homes of Gallup offers three daily restaurant quality, dietitian-approved meals and snacks to residents, daily activities that will help keep your aging parent’s body and mind active, responsible and caring staff who can provide assistance with ADLs and medication. On-call consulting registered nurses are also available as needed.

17. BeeHive Homes of Hobbs

BeeHive Homes of Hobbs

BeeHive Homes of Hobbs

Providing the best of elderly care for residents with dementia and memory loss, BeeHive Homes of Hobbs assisted living makes every effort to bring the comforts of home into its facility. Your aging parent will surely enjoy home-cooked meals, healthy and rejuvenating activities, as well as meaningful relationships.

18. BeeHive Homes of Portales

BeeHive Homes of Portales

BeeHive Homes of Portales

Taking great pride in its staff, facilities, and residents, BeeHive Homes of Portales is well maintained and exceptionally clean to constantly provide a nurturing and welcoming environment for you and your aging loved one.  The facility provides well-trained staff/caregivers who are not only qualified from a skill level but also hold values and standards that support the mission and core values of BeeHive Homes. It has trained staff who can provide dementia care.

Since the facility is designed for cognitively impaired residents, it has both senior assisted living homes and Alzheimer’s/dementia secured assisted living homes.

Electronic security in Alzheimer’s/dementia secured assisted living homes are installed and yards and patios are enclosed to prevent cognitively impaired residents from wandering.

19. BeeHive Homes of Raton

BeeHive Homes of Raton

BeeHive Homes of Raton

BeeHive Homes of Raton provides private furnished rooms, which can accommodate an individual or a couple, with cable and telephone hookups and pendant emergency call systems.  It has excellent resident to staff ratios to ensure personalized care.

Residents will surely be provided with three home-cooked, dietitian-approved meals daily and snacks available throughout the day. They are also provided with ADL assistance by 24-hour trained professional staff. They also join activities that promote daily physical fitness and creative and social interaction.

20. BeeHive Homes of Enchanted Hills

BeeHive Homes of Enchanted Hills

BeeHive Homes of Enchanted Hills

BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho strives to maintain a clean, positive environment for you and your aging loved one.

Residents enjoy private furnished rooms with cable and telephone hookups and pendant emergency call systems. The rooms can accommodate an individual or a couple; it’s huge enough. They are also provided with three home-cooked, dietitian-approved meals daily and snacks and maintenance-free living with daily housekeeping and weekly laundry services. They have access to 24-hour trained professional staff (including dementia care).

The facility has excellent resident to staff ratios to ensure personalized care. It prepares daily activities to promote physical fitness and creative and social interaction of the residents.

Since the facility is designed for cognitively impaired residents, it has both senior assisted living homes and Alzheimer’s/dementia secured assisted living homes. To prevent cognitively impaired residents from wandering, they install electronic security and enclose its yards and patios.

21. BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #1

BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #1

BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #1

Featuring a family home environment, BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #1 offers 24-hour care and assistance to its residents. This facility is also designed for cognitively impaired residents that’s why it has both Senior Assisted Living homes and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Secured Assisted Living homes.

At BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #1, personalized care is guaranteed as it has excellent resident to staff ratios.

22. BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #2

BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #2

BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #2

Offering the very best of elderly care, BeeHive Homes of Rio Rancho #2 makes every effort to bring the comforts of home into the facility. It is designed for cognitively impaired residents—having both Senior Assisted Living homes and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Secured Assisted Living homes.

23. BeeHive Homes of Roswell

BeeHive Homes of Roswell

BeeHive Homes of Roswell

Featuring a family-style living in a residential setting, BeeHive Homes of Roswell maintains a low resident to staff ratio to allow the residents to receive the maximum attention and the best quality of care.

24. BeeHive Homes of Santa Fe

BeeHive Homes of Santa Fe

BeeHive Homes of Santa Fe

At BeeHive Homes of Santa Fe, your aging parent will experience the very best in elderly care services with dietitian-approved homemade meals, wellness activities, and meaningful association.

25. BeeHive Homes of White Rock

BeeHive Homes of White Rock

BeeHive Homes of White Rock

Opening soon, BeeHive Homes of White Rock takes pride in maintaining a clean and welcoming environment for you and your aging loved one, with a positive, caring, and supportive staff.

How to Choose The Best Assisted Living Facility

How to Choose the Best Assisted Living Facility

Overview

As you’re about to send out your aging loved one for care, you would want to search for a place where he or she will feel comfortable, happy, safe, and well cared for the rest of their life. However, many families would not begin their search unless they’re faced with a health crisis that needs urgent action. This situation is oftentimes associated with time pressure, and you may not find the best facility/community for your loved one if that is the case. The particular community that you want for your aging parent may have waiting lists as well.

Older Adults in an Assisted Living Home

Older Adults in an Assisted Living Home

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a facility/community for older adults who are not capable of living on their own, but do not require full-time medical care. According to assisted living expert Peggy Flannigan, PhD, assisted living residents typically need help with at least three activities of their daily living activities, such as transferring to and from a wheelchair, toileting, bathing, eating, and dressing. Older adults who need less assistance may want to consider a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or an independent living community.

Making it to the best assisted living facility can be challenging even when you’re being realistic about the necessity to look for a facility/community for your aging parent. There are innumerable assisted living services available. You might be thinking of ways on how to choose the best assisted living facility for your aging loved one.

Finding the Best Assisted Living Facility

When looking for the best assisted living facility for your aging parent, location is one of the most important decision factors. You have to decide whether to choose a facility in the community where your aging loved one is currently living or maybe you want her/him to move close to supportive friends or relatives who can visit and coordinate with the staff.

Once you have decided on the location, you can begin your search and create a list of facilities in the area. Then using the ideas we’ve set below, you can begin your strategic assessment. Although you can find potential facilities on the Internet, it’s still better to ask your family and friends, faith communities, and agencies that advocate for the aging if there are any residential facilities they can suggest.

With a solid list of facilities, you can start with the following steps before you visit and tour facilities.

Living Spaces

The decision to help your loved one move out of the home she has lived in for years can be bittersweet. Your aging parent will also likely be downsizing, which can contribute to their sense of loss.

It’s a great idea to see some of the available rooms of the facility and ask about what decorations your aging parent can bring with them.

Activities of Daily Living Assistance

Your aging parent’s inability to manage independently throughout the day is sometimes the main reason to decide to move to assisted living. Activities of daily living include cleaning, undressing, laundry, hobbies, bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and shaving. During your visit, it is important that you ask for the services provided and whether it has extra costs. You would want a cheerful and helpful community staff to assist your aging parent; thus, assessing the mood of the facility is also important.

Food and Dining

One of the top concerns of many resident families is their aging parent’s meals. 

Fortunately, most facilities today provide various eating options for residents, like chef-prepared meals in a shared dining room; others even provide kitchenettes so your aging parent can make her own snacks or meals. It would be even better if you try and experience eating at the available locations in the community during your tour/visit.

Exercise and Fitness

Assisted living services often include fitness options for its residents who want to find low-impact ways to stay fit, become more active, or stay active. Don’t forget to look for walking paths or tracks, fitness rooms or gyms, or group exercise classes for all abilities during your tour to the facility. Some facilities also provide access to a pool or other fitness programs as well.

Social Activities

During your visit to the community, take a look also at their activity calendar and ask about specific activities that your aging parent is interested in. If they’re not available, feel free to talk to the activity director about requesting new activities. Socializing is essential and it will be more comfortable for your aging parent to be with people in a similar mobility level or similar age range; thus, considering the age of the residents you see is also helpful.

Medical Assistance

It is highly important to ask about the medical assistance provided as your aging parent might need it on an as-needed basis. Make sure you understand which of the services are covered in the residence base cost and which may entail extra cost.

Transportation and Parking

Check also for parking lot availability as your aging loved one may still be able or want to drive.

Housekeeping Services

Assisted living communities typically include cleaning and laundry services. Be sure to ask about the housekeeping schedule and if there’s any add-on cleaning services that may cost more.

Other Assisted Living Services

You can also find a number of other services in assisted living facilities, including café or bank, faith services, a beauty salon or barber. Some services offered on site might be permanent, others have professionals to visit the facility on certain days to provide those services.

After you’ve visited all assisted living facilities you desire, you should have a better look at what is important to you and what is available. Make sure you’ve taken good notes of the details of the assisted living you are considering to select the best match for your aging loved one.

What to Ask and Look For During Your Search

It’s challenging to hunt for the best assisted living facility. After all, you want to choose the best place for your aging parent—a place that is well managed, clean, and within your price range. You need to know what the community is really like, and not just what the advertisements show.

Although it’s challenging, it does not need to be overwhelming or intimidating. To help you narrow down the choices of the best facility, we’re giving you three simple steps you can follow:

Step 1:  Do research (online or by phone) of the assisted living facilities for your consideration.

Step 2: Visit and tour each community to personally know what it really feels like.

Step 3: Follow up for more in-depth information for the communities you like best.

You’ll have these checklists for moving into assisted living to come back to over time: the Assisted Living Research Checklist, Assisted Living Tour Checklist, and Assisted Living Follow-Up Checklist.

An Assisted Living Research Checklist

Online Research

You can begin your research online to find communities near you or your aging parent using the following search terms: “assisted living facilities near me,” “assisted living near me,” “senior assisted living facilities near me,” “list of assisted living facilities near me,” “top rated assisted living facilities near me,” “list of assisted living near me,” “senior assisted living near me,” and “assisted living near me now.”

Other than online research, you can also find communities through word-of-mouth recommendations or in the phone book.

You can narrow down your options with these questions:

  1. Is the location of the facility convenient for the resident’s loved ones to visit? To help you figure out driving distances to and from the community, use Google Maps.
  2. Is the facility near hotels, doctor’s offices, a pharmacy, shops, and other important places? To explore the facility neighborhood virtually, you can use some features on Google Maps.
  3. Is the facility neighborhood considered safe? To evaluate neighborhood crime rate and safety, check with Trulia, Neighborhood Scout, and Crime Reports.

Phone Research

The first question to ask as you speak to providers over the phone for the first time is whether they’re still accepting new residents. If they respond on the affirmative, good; otherwise, ask about their waiting lists.

You may also want to know early on about how expensive the facility is. Assisted living pricing can significantly vary based on the location as well as your aging parent’s needs. It’s also important to know what the modes of payment of the provider are and when and how long do tours last. You’d also want to know what they will show you during your tour—will you be allowed to meet with other residents or try the meals provided.  

Assisted Living Facility Tours

Other facilities with a little paint missing can be cheerful, and some with beautiful facilities can be a dreary place. To know what the assisted living facility really feels like, going for several visits can help you determine if that particular facility will be the best for your aging parent. Don’t forget to take copious notes of the details of each facility and capture photos as well.

It’s worthwhile to tour a number of communities first before bringing your aging parent to see the top 3 best facilities on your list.

Review your checklist first before making a visit/tour. Make sure to underline the questions most relevant to you and cross off those that are not.

As you’re on your way to the assisted living community, consider the following questions below:

  1. Is the facility providing safe places for your loved one to walk and socialize?
  2. Is the facility providing a parking lot should you want to visit your aging parent in the residence?
  3. Is the exterior and interior of the building clean and attractive?
  4. Are the grounds filled with plants and trees?

The Walking Tour

When you’re walking around, pay attention to what you’re feeling, seeing, smelling, and hearing in each of the spaces. Try to talk not only to the marketing director, but also to the staff members and different residents so you get a fuller idea of what the community is really like. Also keep an eye to the common spaces, residents’ living spaces, foods, activities, staff, care plan, and most especially, its cost.

Conclusion

Choosing the best assisted living facility for your aging parent can be challenging plus the decision to help her move out from the house she’s lived in for decades can be bittersweet.

Your Aging Parent with a Caring and Cheerful Staff Member

Your Aging Parent with a Caring and Cheerful Staff Member

Although the task is challenging, imagine sending your aging loved one to a community where she is accompanied and well taken care of by the caring and cheerful staff and can feel comfortable, safe, and happy. Isn’t it worth it?

 

Your Best Memory Care Homes in New Mexico

Your Best Memory Care Homes in New Mexico

Overview

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, about 7 in 10 seniors will, at some point in their lives, need long-term care. In some estimates, almost 68% of seniors in nursing homes or residential care have cognitive impairment to some degree.

Resident with trained staff in memory care

Resident with trained staff in memory care

What is memory care?

A memory care community is either a wing/unit of a residential care facility or a residential care facility that is specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Its goal is to provide personalized care that will lead to a high quality of life for residents while also reducing the symptoms such as depression, anger, aggression, and wandering.

Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities also have staff or medical teams specially trained to deal with people who have dementia. They may have a specific wing in the community for those residents. However, despite the prevalence of cognitive impairment, not all residential care facilities and nursing homes offer the same kind of care for people with dementia.

The US Department of Health and Human Services reported in 2017 the different percentages of nursing home and residential care facility residents with cognitive impairment and residential care facilities offering beds to address dementia care needs.

The US Department of Health and Human Services Reported in 2017

The US Department of Health and Human Services Reported in 2017

Despite the national data suggesting that over 60% and 40% of nursing home residents and residential care facility residents, respectively, in the USA have dementia, only about 17% residential care facilities offer beds to address dementia care needs. Moreover, the definition of a memory care from one state to another is not so consistent; thus, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people who have a loved one suffering from dementia to advocate for consistent policy as regards memory care.

Basically, memory care communities provide a high quality of life for its residents while taking additional measures, such as putting security measures in place or locking some units so that residents can neither wander nor leave to ensure their safety. There are other communities as well that take a less formal approach to security, but they are securing the outside grounds so that no one can leave the property.

Memory care facilities also help your aging loved ones to manage their healthcare and medications by giving you the option of specialized care. They not only care for the residents’ medical needs; they also offer opportunities to engage in activities that work best for people with cognitive impairment. Some communities even offer activities that are known to be beneficial for people with cognitive changes, such as musical entertainment, therapy pets, or the opportunity to spend time in the gardens.

Things to know about memory care

Care for your aging loved one can come with a higher price. According to CareScout, monthly cost for care for aging adults ranges from $1,560 to $9,000—this is based on the data from 440 regions across the USA. Generally, dementia care is estimated to add an average of $13,000 annually to the expected costs for residential care. But the costs vary depending on the services needed as well as your location. Moreover, some facilities may not disclose additional charges for memory care upfront unless you personally inquire for them.

The good thing about living in a memory care unit is that it offers several benefits, including less use of antipsychotic medications and physical restraints for patients, less likelihood of tube feeding, improved medical care for other health issues, and of course higher quality of life for our aging loved ones.

Although many facilities may declare that they have staff trained in memory care or in a memory care wing, it is noteworthy that, as part of the Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, the Joint Commission has crafted specific requirements for a Memory Care Certification in 2014.

The following are the five key areas that memory care accreditation considers:

Care coordination

To ensure comprehensive care, your loved one’s team will work together, as well as your aging parent as appropriate.

Knowledge and competency of the staff

In order to prepare the staff to work with people who have cognitive impairments, they can demonstrate training and other necessary skills.

Ability-based activity programming

There are activities available that fit your aging loved one’s physical function, language, attention span, cognitive ability, reasoning ability, and memory.

Behavior management

The behaviors linked to dementia are addressed first using non-pharmacological means, such as taking a look at scheduling, environment, and other potential causes for behavior.

Safe and supportive physical environment

In order to keep all residents safe and to reduce stress and overstimulation, the physical environment is well managed by the staff.

Memory care certification that are optional

Facilities need not have a specific area or a wing to house residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. To be certified, a facility must demonstrate the following instead:

Services and amenities provided in memory care facilities

Staffed by trained professionals providing care to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, memory care communities are licensed facilities designed to accommodate residents (older adults) with progressive cognitive impairment.

Memory care facilities offer similar care provided in an assisted living community, including help with daily living activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and medication management. Collaborative care coordination is one of the most crucial amenities which is tailored to your aging parent’s needs and abilities.

Similar with assisted living, the following are also provided in memory care communities: meals, private or semi-private units, social activities, housekeeping, transportation to doctor’s appointments and other outings, and access to round-the-clock nurses.

Research suggests that activities such as art, gardening, music, and dancing help people with cognitive impairments, but it also depends on their physical abilities. Thus, some memory care facilities also organize these activities led by their trained staff or volunteers.

There are also memory care programs that support faith for your aging loved one who has always been involved in a faith practice. Those having trouble remembering names and new faces may still be comforted by the rituals, music, and traditions associated with their lifetime of religious observance.

Majority of the memory care communities are intended to make residents feel oriented, secure, and safe in their environment. To prevent the residents from wandering, they include specially designed features such as doors with alarm and secured courtyards. They also used security cameras and personal monitoring devices. As part of the commitment to safety, food and drinks made available are also considered.

Cognitive therapies and programs are offered by many of these communities to keep the residents’ brain active and engaged. Likewise, light stretching and other appropriate physical activities may be offered to protect the balance and flexibility of the residents.

Moreover, many memory care communities planned activities in the facility involving families of residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease so that they can still enjoy their family.

Quality Time with Family in Memory Care

Quality Time with Family in Memory Care

Comparison between memory care and other senior care options

Understanding the different types of long-term residential care available is important as you start considering the right long-term care solution for your aging loved ones.

To help you make the best decisions, here is a look at two different but increasingly common residential care options for your aging loved ones—memory care and assisted living.

Assisted living

Assisted living is designed for generally healthy older adults needing some help with their daily living activities. Residents in those communities still live as independently as they can, even knowing that their helping hands are just one call away. They typically have apartments or private studios, but some also prefer to share an apartment with another resident. Most apartments are equipped with kitchenettes, full bathrooms, enough space to engage in hobbies, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Many assisted living facilities also organize a variety of social events, classes, and activities for residents. They further organize regular outings to shopping centers, restaurants, and other attractions to help residents stay active and engaged in their communities. Moreover, they also offer transportation to their doctor’s appointment.

Types of care provided

Assisted living

Assisted living communities provide trained staff on site to assist the residents with ADLs; at most communities, facilities and nurses are available around the clock to help residents with basic activities including bathing, eating, dressing, and toileting. Additionally, some have on-site medical clinics.

In most communities, additional levels of care are provided for older adults needing more assistance, including pain management and physical therapy.

Memory care setting

Memory care facilities, on the other hand, have well-trained nurses or staff to provide care to residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive impairments to ensure their wellbeing.

They provide residents with highly supervised care including assistance with ADLs and managing medication. They also ensure that the residents are able to enjoy the highest quality of life possible by organizing fun, stimulating activities specifically designed for adults with dementia.

Most memory care facilities offer secure private and shared rooms equipped with emergency call systems. In order to lower the likelihood of a resident wandering, the rooms are highly monitored. These facilities generally provide meals, transportation to nearby clinics and shopping, social activities, specialized exercise programs, and 24-hour staff supervision.

Costs

Assisted living

Assisted living communities typically charge a base monthly rate covering daily meals, some transportation, housekeeping, and rent; additional services like laundry and specialized care may either have additional cost or are already included in the community’s overall monthly fee.

The average cost for assisted living may vary depending on its geographic location, apartment size, and healthcare requirements of the resident. According to the Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey, its monthly average cost ranges from $3,293 to $6,965.

Memory care

The cost for memory care facilities, on the other hand, is higher compared with assisted living as people with cognitive impairment typically require more specialized and extensive care than other healthy older adults. Its costs, however, cover the same types of services as in assisted living communities.

Depending on where you live, the monthly average cost for memory care ranges from $3,700 to $7,000.

Best memory care homes in New Mexico

One of the top cities for memory care is New Mexico. This diverse state consists of a diverse array of memory care providers, from urban centers to rural desert towns.

BeeHive Homes of Assisted Living Albuquerque NM - Dementia Care & Alzheimer Care Facilities

BeeHive Homes of Assisted Living Albuquerque NM - Dementia Care & Alzheimer Care Facilities, located at 6401 Corona Ave NE Building B, in the heart of Albuquerque, is a leading operator of assisted living, dementia & Alzheimer care communities. Phone: (505) 796-9139

BeeHive Assisted Living Santa Fe NM - ( Alzheimer & Senior Care / Dementia & Memory Care )

BeeHive Assisted Living Santa Fe NM - ( Alzheimer & Senior Care / Dementia & Memory Care ), located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers Dementia and Alzheimer's services for your aging loved one. Phone: (505) 629-1714

BeeHive Assisted Living Homes of Rio Rancho NM #1 - Dementia Care & Memory Care

BeeHive Assisted Living Homes of Rio Rancho provides an assortment of community features. It provides free wi-fi and high speed internet as well as guest parking. This community, located at 204 Silent Spring Road Northeast, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, provides the support of dementia & memory care. Phone: (505) 591-7021

Memory care communities come in different names in different places across the USA. If you are preparing or looking for your best memory care home in your area, you can utilize the internet and search the following terms: “memory care near me,” “alzheimer's care facilities near me,” and “dementia facilities near me.”

Conclusion

Memory care and assisted living are two communities intended for our aging loved ones. However, these two are different. The former is designed for older adults with cognitive impairment, while the latter is intended for generally healthy seniors who need assistance with their ADLs. But there are also some assisted living communities that have a wing or unit for memory care.

Should you have an aging loved one who is generally healthy but needs help with ADLs, an assisted living community is for you. But if your aging parent has cognitive impairment, then you can look for memory care facilities in your area. 

 

Your Computer Is Only as Good as What You Can Make It Do: Choosing and Using Your Computer or Cell Phone

 

We Have the Power of a Mainframe

Computer at Our Fingertips

Today’s computers and even your cell phone are very fast and very powerful.  What you can now hold in your hand, has the same computer power as computers that used to fill several rooms.  Suffice it to say, that today’s computers and cell phones can perform any task you need.

 

What computer should I choose?

 

How and where are you going to use your computer?

Is portability important?

Do you need a large screen or is a hand held device what you need?

 

 

Computers Have Gotten Easier to Use

If you are patient enough, you can set up your computer to do most things by following your voice commands.  It will even type what you say.  If you can type with two fingers, you can master your computer.

Computer Basics Are Quick and Easy to Learn

Did you know you can learn all the basic skills you need to be the master of your computer system in one hour?  You will quickly begin to feel comfortable with your computer.  In less than 15 minutes, you will send your first email.

 

Imagine being able to initiate a video call with your favorite grandchild.

 

You Are NOT Going to Break Your Computer

 

 

 

So, with a bit of patience, you can learn to playfully try new things on your computer.  If you don’t get the result you want the first time, simply try again.  You will soon have a friendly assistant.Short of spilling your coffee or smashing your computer in frustration, you cannot break your computer.  No matter how lost you become, starting over is as easy as powering your system off and on.

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Living: Keeping Your Elderly Loved Ones Safe During the Pandemic

 

 

 

The News Can Be Frightening

The news is full of stories and statistics about the devastation of Covid-19 for our seniors in retirement facilities.  The pandemic began in the US at a retirement facility.  In New Jersey, over half the deaths are in those facilities.

The News Presents a Distorted Picture

If we just stop and consider what we know about senior living facilities, we realize that there is a wide variety of options when considering senior living facilities, ranging from ‘nursing homes’ to retirement communities with individual condominiums. There are many more facilities with no Covid-19 outbreaks than there are with outbreaks that create such frightening statistics of infections and deaths.

BeeHive Homes Offers Safe, Affordable Senior Care Choices

At BeeHive Homes, we are committed to the safety and health of our clients.  Our facilities are designed to keep individual housing units small (from 12 to 21 residents).  This allows us to more effectively control the residential environment.  Here are some of the other ways we keep our clients safe:

 

 

BeeHive Homes Offers Peace of Mind

Here at BeeHive Homes we have been in this crisis since March 11, 2020.  So far, there hasn’t been a single positive case of COVID-19 among our Residents!  The proactive measures we have executed paired with the small home-like environment of our BeeHive Homes makes us a safe place and the next best place to Home.  If you or a loved one needs assisted living, don’t let this pandemic hold you back.  We’d love the opportunity to help you make this decision and give you the options you are looking for.

Chi Gong for the Elderly: Part 2

What Is Chi Gong?

‘Chi’ is the vital force, the life force that is transmitted by the breath.  “Gong’ can be translated as exercise.  So chi gong provides exercises that maximize the benefits of healthy breathing.  The great news for seniors is that there are literally hundreds of simple exercises that maximize the benefits of breath and chi.  Many exercises can be done while sitting in a chair or even lying down.

What Are the Benefits of Doing Chi Gong?

One may notice an overall improvement in physical well-being.  You just feel better.  When you feel good physically, all of your life feels better.

Doing Chi Gong With Physical Impairments

Trouble standing?  Problems that keep you in a wheelchair?  Bedridden?  No problem.  All the exercises I will be offering can be done sitting and even lying in a bed.  In this first column, I will offer two simple exercises that can be done standing, sitting, or even lying in a bed.  Like any exercise, however, the benefits will only be realized by those who do them on a regular basis.  Make a commitment to do these exercises at least once a day and preferably twice a day.

Exercise Three - Shoot the Tiger

Standing, or sitting Slowly, while breathing in through the nose, reach the right hand in front across to the opposite shoulder.  Pull and arrow from your quiver.  Sweep the arrow in a large circle.  The opposite hand follows in its own sweeping circle. Now do the same exercise starting with the left hand reaching to the right shoulder.   Repeat 7 more times to each side.

 

Exercise Four -

Snake Sticks Out Its Tongue

Breathing in, the right hand raises to just in front of the mouth.  Fingers touch at the tips  Now reach out like a tongue coming from the mouth. The left hand comes to the mouth, palm out.  Now repeat this using the left hand as a tongue, the right defending the face, palm facing out.  Repeat 7 more times to each side.

 

Come back next time and I will share more Chi Gong exercises.

 

(The Rev. Jim Norton is a retired Episcopal priest and Sufi teacher.  He has been doing Tai Chi and Chi Gong for over 50 years.)