Maintain, Don’t Gain this Spring!

Maintain, don’t gain this Spring! 

Here are 5 simple tips to follow:

1. Portion Control – If you just can’t help yourself, use a smaller plate. Remember to keep it balanced with protein, vegetables or fruit, and a carbohydrate. The more color on your plate the better!

2. Eat and drink in moderation

3. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after meals or alcoholic beverages. This helps with moderation, it makes you to feel full and less bloated, and its great for your skin!

4. Keep your body moving – Dance at parties, spend half of your lunch break walking, forget online shopping – get out there and park far away while shopping, or wake up 10 minutes earlier to do wall push-ups and marching in place – 1 minute each for 5-10 minutes. Anything that gets you going is better than doing nothing at all.

5. Get plenty of rest. A good night’s sleep makes you more productive and gives you more energy to work hard and play hard.

-Christina O’Leary, Director of Branding & Media, Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services

Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance

A career in healthcare is a 24/7 job.  Caring for people becomes a passion for most who stay in the industry.  We become devoted to the people we care for and they become part of our extended family.  This loyalty and love can sometimes make it difficult to make space for a healthy #worklifebalance.  Here are some tips that can help.

  1. Get a good night sleep – This will help you stay focused during your day.
  2. Squeeze in 10 minutes of exercise. This will increase your energy.
  3. Create 2 lists – one for you home life and one for work, with no more than 5 things on each list to accomplish that day.
  4. Review your work schedule before you leave the house so you are fully prepared to start your day.
  5. Once you are out of the house, focus on work.
  6. Make your lunch break count! Run errands for home with healthy to-go lunch options for added productivity for your home life or eat away from your desk, enjoy and savor your meal.  Take deep breaths and drink plenty of water.  Both options can rejuvenate you to make the second half of your work day as productive as the first half.
  7. Review your home schedule before you leave work so it is fresh in your mind.
  8. Once you leave work, focus on your home life.
  9. Ask others for help when possible.
  10. Remember to take care of yourself.

Following these simple tips will make you more effective at work and at home.  When employers know you give 100% of yourself while you are on the job, this can lead to respect, appreciation, personal growth, wage increases, and flexibility when needed.  All of this helps to reduce stress and creates a healthier #worklifebalance.

“An effective and efficient employee is a valuable employee.” #ChristinaO’Leary, Director of Branding & Media

Financial Health Tips

Financial Health Tips

How do you know if you are financially well?  Here are the hard questions you have to ask yourself:

  1. Do I have dept?
  2. Am I living beyond my means?
  3. Do I spend money on things that I don’t actually need?

If you answered YES, here are some steps to take to be in better financial health:

  • Figure out your total dept and write it down.  It is good to add it together to see the full amount.
  • Create a budget for those expenses you HAVE to pay.
  • Remember, one thing you HAVE to pay for is yourself first!  Even if its only 10.00/month, its more than what you were saving before.
  • See if there is a way to combine your dept and/or have lower interest rates on that dept.
  • Decide how much you can use each month to start paying down your dept and stick with it!

Christina O’Leary – Director of Branding & Media, Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services

Spiritual Wellness

What is Spiritual Wellness? 

Well, we have to break it down first.  According to Wikipedia, “Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.”   Wikipedia states that “Spirituality is a process of personal transformation.”   So if we put all of that together Spiritual Wellness is a personal transformation towards a healthier balance of the mind, body and spirit.  

How do you transform yourself spiritually?  You can transform yourself by believing in something or someone.  You can transform yourself through the support of organized religious groups, by having a spiritual connection with the energies of the natural world around you, or by believing in yourself.  Taking control of your Spiritual Wellness means you want to transform yourself for one reason or another.  There is no one set method of transformation that works for everyone.  Sometimes, you need a variety of support and options.  No matter which option you choose, transformation occurs when you open your mind to change, decide to listen, begin to learn, and create action to do.

Some people seek Spiritual Wellness to heal their mind, body, or spirit.  These are some simple steps of healing.

  1. Ask for forgiveness and forgive others.
  2. Believe that you are valued and loved.
  3. Know that you can make a difference in your life.
  4. Share your love, knowledge and support with others.

At Renaissance Adult Day Services, our programs are designed with total wellness in mind.  We engage our seniors in meaningful activities and provide significant experiences.  We hope to bring value to the lives we touch and believe life is meant to be lived, no matter your age or your ability.

Written by: Christina O’Leary, Director of Branding & Media

 

Protect Your Financial Wellness

Protect Your Financial Wellness

How to Avoid Giving Your Information to the Wrong People
With the ever growing use of telephone commerce and, more recently, online financial transactions, it has unfortunately become commonplace for malevolent entities to engage in trickery in an attempt to steal unsuspecting consumers’ hard earned money, personal information or both.

Perhaps even more unfortunate is these entities’ tendency to target the elderly due to the perceived notion that many have worked their entire lives to secure a comfortable financial standing. Many would-be scammers also falsely believe that the elderly are less likely to be aware of internet safety precautions, which aids in creating an unsafe situation for many senior citizens. It is important to know the proper steps to take to ensure that you don’t fall prey to these techniques.

Regular Credit Checks
If you own a credit account, you are entitled to one free credit check each year under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. It is important to take full advantage of this fact, because one of the first ways to detect a fraudulent credit account taken out on your name is to perform a full credit report. This is a great way to ensure that no illicit activity has taken place as a result of information you may have accidentally given out in the past, but is by no means your only defense against those trying to conduct questionable activities. Look at is as a final safeguard against internet or telephone tricks.

This report will give you access to your standing with all three credit institutions — Experian, Transunion and Equifax — and alert you to any illicit activity that you haven’t previously consented to. While performing a credit check in itself can prove somewhat laborious, it is well worth your time to see firsthand what your account status is, before someone else does.

Unfortunately, several companies use the guise of a free credit report to charge monthly fees. The best way to perform a credit check is by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com.

Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
A common scam that often tricks many an unsuspecting consumer is simple: nefarious practitioners simply contact people, posing as a bank or other financial institution and ask for pertinent information such as a bank account number or social security number. This can come in the form of phone calls, emails, or even fraudulent websites.

It helps to always remember that any reputable financial institution will not ask you for your account number unless you are contacting them — in which case you already know who you are providing your information to. Never give out your personal details to anyone you don’t know, no matter how convincing they may be.

This precaution can get tricky over the internet. A great way to ensure that you are giving your information to the right people is to double check the website you are visiting. If you are about to enter your bank account number — or even username and password — take a quick glance at the address bar to ensure that you are visiting the website you intend to.

Another surefire way to keep your information safe is to look in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and look for a small lock icon. This icon represents the website’s authentication with one of several services that specialize in data encryption, which will keep hackers and other scammers from accessing your information. You can even click on the lock to find out more about the service the particular site you are visiting uses. This way you can rest assured that your information remains safe in the digital world.

Try it yourself, many websites such as gmail.com use this feature, ensuring that you can stay safe online.

Too Good to be True
Another common scam that everyone has probably fallen for at least once is the contest scam. This scam, usually on the internet but sometimes over the phone or even in the mail, preys on everybody’s desire to win money or other goods with little or no effort.

The way it works is simple, you receive notification that you have won a sum of money or an often popular item, but you must enter some information in order to claim it. This scam serves as a way to catch you off guard and get your private information for a series of malevolent uses from simple email addresses, or worse, bank account or social security numbers.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that you can’t really win a contest you didn’t enter, as well as the age-old creed: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Resist the temptation to give out information in return for money or goods because, chances are, it’s a scam.

Research, Research, Research
Perhaps the best bit of information to remember is to research anything before you commit your information anywhere.

Many people don’t realize this, but if there is indeed a group of people using these means by which to apprehend your information or worse, chances are that someone else has probably experienced the same and might have shared their story on the internet.

Remember, Google is a great resource. Enter the web address of the website or service in question in the search field and you might be able to find out wether or not it is on the up and up. The great thing about the internet is anyone can use their voice, and there are entire websites dedicated to weeding out potential perpetrators.

As we all know, there is no shortage of people who seek to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers either in the mail, on the phone or, more increasingly common every day, on the internet. In times such as these, it is important to be aware of the proper safety precautions to take to ensure that this doesn’t happen.  

Wellness Tips for Healthy Skin

Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services Wellness Tips for Healthy Skin

At Renaissance, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness.  This includes providing healthy tips for our clients, families, and friends.  Here are some great tips to remember during any time of the year!

5 Tips for Healthy Skin

  1. Drink Water—Start each day with a glass of water before anything else. Drink water with every meal. Water hydrates your skin from the inside out.
  2. Use Lotion—Apply moisturizer 3 times a day to exposed surfaces. Moisturizer is a protective barrier on the outside of your skin.
  3. Put on Your Sun Screen—Whether you realize it or not, the suns UV rays are around all year. Its best to make sunscreen a part of your daily routine.
  4. Gear Up—Use the appropriate outer wear from your head to your toes. This will provide another layer protection to your skin.
  5. Invest in a Humidifier—Dry heat plays havoc on the skin during winter months. Keep your skin hydrated from the outside with the use of a humidifier when possible.

By – Christina O’Leary, BS – Director of Branding & Media

Does Your Parent Need More Assistance?

When you visit your senior parent, do you see….

  • A decline in health?
  • A loss or impending loss of a spouse, partner or companion?
  • Continued medication errors?
  • Inability to keep up with interior and exterior chores and maintenance?
  • A risk of being taken advantage of?
  • A history of falls?
  • An increase in hospitalizations?
  • Self neglect?
  • Lack of finances?
  • The want or need to be closer to adult children regardless of the state of the relationship?

If you answered YES to any of this, let’s explore your options with Renaissance Home Health Care or Renaissance Adult Day Services.

-Christina O’Leary, Director of Branding & Media

How to Choose the Right Option for Assistance

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Seniors today are living longer and staying healthier.  Some have become accustomed to helping with grandchildren, a part time job, or serving as a volunteer. Most seniors want to feel like they are still offering something to society.  Maintaining independence is a key factor for seniors.  No matter what their health condition or physical limitations may be, seniors want to have as much control in their life as possible.

With advances in medicine, seniors will remain as active as possible.  Even when they need daily assistance with day to day living concerns or should no stay alone all day, alternatives such as Home Care Services and Adult Day Services allow a lifestyle that supports ones dignity and goal for independence. They provide assistance bathing and grooming as needed and help with daily activities that range from basic chores such as cleaning and laundry to groceries and meal preparation.  Alzheimer’s disease is also on the rise all over the world.  Many seniors have mild dementia illnesses that require a bit more assistance with medications and other activities of daily living as well as now needing to maintain independence within a safe environment.

The benefit of Home Care Services is that their environment does not change and the care and assistance needed come right into the senior’s home.  This is a great option if family and friends are still close by for socialization.  For seniors who need more stimulation because family and friends are not around for frequent visits, Adult Day Services become a better option where seniors can take advantage of multiple social and recreational programs, the chance to meet new friends in warm and spacious surroundings, dining together with new friends and fitness classes.

“Deciding on Home Care Services or an Adult Day Services location is very personal.  You must feel comfortable with the person entering your home or the community must feel like its the right place to spend your day. Everyone has different tastes.  Some people like the comfort and privacy of their own home and others enjoy a large community with many open areas.  In the end, it must be the perfect setting with all of the care, services, and security the senior is looking for.”  Christina O’Leary, Director of Branding & Media

Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services Recognizes National Nutrition Month

At  Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services, our holistic approach to wellness includes educating our associates, seniors, and their family on setting healthy goals that are attainable.

The following tips will help create a healthier lifestyle. Our Home Health Aides can assist with shopping for groceries, etc. At our Adult Day Services locations, lunch is provided in alliance with these tips.

  1. Balance – Each meal should contain a protein (fish, chicken, meat, or pork, tofu, beans, etc.),  vegetables or fruit, and a carbohydrate/starch (pasta, rice, potato, etc.)
  2. Color – Chances are if your meal is colorful, it s healthier than little or no color.
  3. Portion Control – One portion of everything is about the size of 1 cup or the size of your hand.
  4. Beverages – Try drinking water between your bites. It will cause you to slow down and fill up at the same time.
  5. Snack Between Meals – A healthy snack of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, etc, at the right portion size between meals will increase your metabolism, decrease the feeling of starvation and will improve your mood!

Christina O’Leary, Director of Branding & Media

 

Work-Life Balance at Renaissance Home Health Care

A career in healthcare is a 24/7 job. Caring for people becomes a passion for most who stay in the industry. We become devoted to the people we care for and they become part of our extended family. This loyalty and love can sometimes make it difficult to make space for a healthy work lifebalance. Here are some tips that can help.

  1. Get a good night sleep – This will help you stay focused during your day.
  2. Squeeze in 10 minutes of exercise. This will increase your energy.
  3. Create 2 lists – one for you home life and one for work, with no more than 5 things on each list to accomplish that day.
  4. Review your work schedule before you leave the house so you are fully prepared to start your day.
  5. Once you are out of the house, focus on work.
  6. Make your lunch break count! Run errands for home with healthy to go lunch options for added productivity for your home life or eat away from your desk, enjoy and savor your meal. Take deep breaths and drink plenty of water. Both options can rejuvenate you to make the second half of your work day as productive as the first half.
  7. Review your home schedule before you leave work so it is fresh in your mind.
  8. Once you leave work, focus on your home life.
  9. Ask others for help when possible.
  10. Remember to take care of yourself.

 

Following these simple tips will make you more effective at work and at home. When employers know you give 100% of yourself while you are on the job, this can lead to respect, appreciation, personal growth, wage increases, and flexibility when needed. All of this helps to reduce stress and creates a healthier