Delicious Puree Recipes for Assisted Living & Memory Care

One of my favorite puree recipes are Mango Moose Cups. They are easy to make, and  most importantly very delicious.

    Ingredients you will need
  • 1 tsp gelatin powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 5 oz mango puree
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar (or more to taste)
  • 5 oz heavy whipping cream

Dissolve gelatin into 1 tbsp of water. Heat remaining 1 tbsp water until it is hot/almost boiling and add to gelatin, stirring until gelatin is fully dissolved. Add gelatin and puree into blender and mix on high speed until fully blended. In a stand mixer, add 2 tbsp sugar and heavy cream and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Slowly add puree into the whipped cream, folding it into the cream until completely mixed and uniform in color. Pour into individual portion cups and refrigerate to set.

It is very important to use pretty glassware that is the right size for the right person. One person may require a 4 oz glass and one a 12 oz glass. It is important to note that personal preferences are very important in all food preparation.  Here is an example of a pretty glass.

68d62aeb13c9fe7b24924c8bef61ca5a--dusty-rose-pretty-in-pinkIf we follow this wonderful, easy to make recipes you will get:

mango-mousse-cups-22                                                                                                                    Mango Mouse Cups

(please note that the garnishment on top of the mouse is for decoration designed to make the cup look appetizing. Decoration should be removed prior to consumption for those that are on a pure diet)

Conversations with Dementia Consultant-Navigating the Transition

Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s have a profound impact on family members and the experiences of loved ones living with dementia. As neurodegenerative medical conditions progress they often demand increased attention to needs and environmental transitions can be imminent, but helpful.  The stress and duress of change requires decision making, a lot of detail, and typically a period of adjustment for everyone involved.

Orchard Senior Living recognizes change for some families can be emotionally and physically overwhelming or challenging.  We want to help by offering you the provision of a Transitional Counselor who will support your transition beginning to end.

When living with dementia, we face transitions that are accompanied by a desire and longing to find our way to “well-being.”  We want to feel in control, confident, comfortable with ourselves, and valued by those who are important to us. Talking to someone who understands, creates courage and elicits new ideas when managing change or challenges.

I’m Robin Andrews, a solution focused communications consultant specializing in transition for families living with dementia.  I have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and have worked in behavioral healthcare and aging services for 15 years. My collaborative counseling model is based on personal competency and solution-building rather than problem solving. Minimizing emphasis on past failings and problems, I instead focus on a persons’ strengths, abilities and successes.  I would be honored to assist you in a journey toward hope, healing, and self-discovery.skydd

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Do Seniors Need A Living Will?

What is a living will?

Talking about end-of-life and critical-care issues are never an easy subject and can often get pushed aside because family members aren’t ready to confront this stage, but planning ahead can avert confusion and unnecessary distress during times of concern and grief.

Knowing a loved one’s wishes in advance before an illness or accident ensures that family members won’t have to make tough calls on their behalf during a crisis.

Livings Wills Are Legal Instructions

Also called advance directives or healthcare directives, living wills are written, legal instructions detailing a person’s preferences for medical care if they are unable to make decisions. Advance directives manage healthcare choices for medical professionals and caregivers if a person is terminally ill, critically injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.

Living Wills and Power of Attorney

A living will typically work together with a medical power of attorney (POA). Some states combine the two into one document. The medical POA enables a person to select a person (a spouse, family member, or a friend) to make medical decisions on their behalf.

This isn’t just for older adults either, unexpected critical care and end-of-life situations can occur at any age, it’s crucial for all adults to prepare these documents. For more helpful information for seniors, read more articles on our blog here. To contact the Orchard for assisted living click here to speak to a representative.

Orchard Senior Living for the 2016 Tucker Small Business Excellence Award in the Retirement Homes

Orchard Senior Living selected for 2016 Tucker Small Business Excellence Award

Tucker,GA – January 05, 2017 — Orchard Senior Living has been selected for the 2016 Tucker Small Business Excellence Award in the Retirement Homes classification by the Tucker Small Business Excellence Award Program.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Tucker Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Tucker Small Business Excellence Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Tucker Small Business Excellence Awards Program

The Tucker Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small businesses that serve the Tucker area. Each year, our selection committee identifies businesses that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local community and business classification.

Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Tucker area a vibrant and vital place to live.

The Tucker Small Business Excellence Awards was established to reward the best of small businesses in Tucker. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Tucker Small Business Excellence Award Program

 

New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Start on January 1

Making a New Year’s resolution to eat better, exercise, watch your weight, and see your healthcare provider regularly, can help you get healthier and feel better for many more years to come. Here are our top New Year’s resolutions for seniors.

Eat healthier
When it comes to eating, make sure you have plenty of veggies on your plate. Choose foods with deep colors like spinach, oranges, and carrots. Start a fiber-rich diet and switch fatty meats with heart-healthy fish like tuna or salmon.

Stay active
Physical activity can always be helpful despite any constraining situations like heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. In fact, physical activity is known to improve all of these conditions. Exercises like water aerobics, walking and stretching can help improve your bones and balance.

See your provider regularly
Schedule an annual appointment with your doctor to discuss health screenings that can check your vision, hearing, and other conditions such as cancers or osteoporosis. After each visit talk about medications you’re taking and whether you still need to take them.

You may feel like you hear these same resolutions every year, but it’s only because these are the easiest to slip away from us! People can quickly fall into bad habits, getting on the right track can make all the differences. We are located in the Tucker, Georgia near Atlanta to find out how our community of care is working together with your loved one to meet these New Year’s resolutions through assisted living and memory care, contact us here or call 770-938-5600.