Renaissance Adult Day Services Celebrates Flag Day in Brooklyn

 

Renaissance Adult Day Services in Brooklyn celebrated Flag Day by painting flower pots the colors of the flag that represents where each of us are from.  We wanted to be sure everyone had more opportunity to share their own culture so we shared stories of how we migrated to America and how our American clients grew up here.
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About Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services:
All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer a full range of individualized services that promote social, physical, and emotional well-being through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs in NY.  Their Signature Touches philosophy reflects the company’s goal of providing compassionate, professional, and skilled services in the comfort of one’s own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Renaissance Adult Day Services Visits the Bartow-Pell Mansion

On July 14, 2015, Renaissance Adult Day Service‘s Fordham location clients took a field trip to the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx. They had a great time exploring the grounds, taking in the beauty and enjoyed a picnic lunch. For dessert, they stopped at City Island ice cream.

Group PictureEveryone posed with Gaston Lachaise’s
Peacock (Short-tailed), 1920 and Peacock (Long-tailed), 1928

 

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For more photos, check out our Facebook album!

 

About Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services:
All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer a full range of individualized services that promote social, physical, and emotional well-being through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs in NY.  Their Signature Touches philosophy reflects the company’s goal of providing compassionate, professional, and skilled services in the comfort of one’s own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

 

 

Renaissance Adult Day Services Fordham Location Takes a Trip to the New York Botanical Garden

A group from one of the Bronx locations of Renaissance Adult Day Services (625 E Fordham Road) took a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens. There was so much to see and take in.

Everyone enjoyed the Reflecting Pool and some even tossed a few pennies in and made some wishes. They experienced the Native Plant Garden with beautiful flowers, small man-made waterfalls and ponds. People were mesmerized by its beauty!

There were more beautiful, colorful flowers throughout the Rock Garden, including sunflowers.  Everyone took a little break in the gazebo and visited the Botanical Garden’s plant shop. The shop was filled with amazing oddities, plants, and Mexican pottery. Some people even purchased small house plants for themselves and took them back to the Center. Everyone had a great time and can’t wait to visit again!

 

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Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Happy 4th from Renaissance Adult Day Services

July 4th BBQ on July 2

The Renaissance Adult Day Services family celebrated the July 4th holiday with a barbecue on July 2nd. Held at Crotona Park, everyone had a great time!

Thanks to all of the clients and staff who made this day such a success!

 

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Renaissance Adult Day Services in Brooklyn is a Hit with Our Clients!

Renaissance Adult Day Services works hard to ensure that our clients are not only being well-cared for, but are also enjoying their day with us. We’re happy and proud to share a testimonial received from one of our clients at our Brooklyn Center located at 2625 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

On Wednesday, June 10th, we offered various activities including a visit by a music therapist, a dancer-cise class and a movie starring Denzel Washington, with popcorn of course.  Ms. Grant left the center with the biggest smile on her face. She recently told us that she hadn’t had this much fun in a long time and that when she went home, she reminisced about the day and was so happy that she couldn’t sleep.

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The next day she joined us and her fellow clients to the Riverside Drive Carnival event in the Bronx where she had a great time.  She expressed that she could not contain herself as the joy she feels has made her very happy.

We couldn’t be more pleased to hear this and strive for all of our clients to be so happy!

 

About Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services:
All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer a full range of individualized services that promote social, physical, and emotional well-being through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs in NY.  Their Signature Touches philosophy reflects the company’s goal of providing compassionate, professional, and skilled services in the comfort of one’s own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Open House Held at Renaissance Adult Day Services in Brooklyn

In June, Renaissance Adult Day Services in Brooklyn held an Open House for everyone in the community.

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Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene visited with the clients and talked about their needs in the community. Everyone  enjoyed a continental breakfast, a tour of the center and had lots of fun playing dominoes, bingo for prizes and arts and crafts.

We look forward to meeting everyone in the community and serving those in need of our care.

About Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services:
All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer a full range of individualized services that promote social, physical, and emotional well-being through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs in NY.  Their Signature Touches philosophy reflects the company’s goal of providing compassionate, professional, and skilled services in the comfort of one’s own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Tips for new Caregivers

Tips for new Caregivers

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When you finally admit that your loved one just really isn’t the same or has recently experienced some major health problems, its hard to know where to begin.  Below is a list of things to consider when you get started.

  1. Get familiar with everything related to their medical needs including, but not limited to: the names & numbers of their doctors, medications, diagnosis, signs and symptoms of their condition, and the current or best treatment for your loved one.
  2. Who has power of attorney?  If no one is designated, someone should be both for medical and financial.  This will be extremely import if an emergency happens and your loved one can no longer make decisions for themselves.  That person will need to know and have access to all accounts, medical insurance, long term care insurance if applicable, keys their property, and deed to their house.
  3. What about their network of friends and professionals?  Do you know who they would contact and where you can access their information to notify them of your loved one’s condition or cancel professional services?
  4. Remember to check out local resources and learn about the various benefits that are available to assist your loved one.  Are they eligible for VA benefits, could they use assistance at home?  Is their home the safest location for them?  Do you need to make modifications to make it safe or is it time for them to move?

This is just the tip of the iceberg for new family caregivers.  There is a ton of information out there to research.  Start with a friend or family member who has been there before, ask your medical professional, or even your friendly healthcare professional.  Starting with someone you know will help you build your own support system during an already difficult time.

 

Written By:
Christina O’Leary, BS, Director of Branding and Media

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Simple Exercises to Increase Your Activity Level

Simple Exercises to Increase Your Activity Level

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Exercise can be done at any age, however, before you start an exercise program, be sure to clear it with your doctor.  Every good program to increase your heart rate or to build some strength should start out with some light activity like stepping side to side or marching in place from a seating or standing position depending on your ability.  This only takes a few minutes (3-5) to get the blood flowing.  Follow that with light stretching of your upper and lower body muscles to avoid injury.  The following 3 exercises will work the entire body!

  1. Jumping Jacks—1 minute
  2. 10-15 Push Ups—From the Wall for Beginners, Knees for Intermediates, and Regular for more Advance.
  3. Alternating Lunges—1 minute

Try the series above and  repeat them in the same order 3 times.  Jumping Jacks will increase your heart rate for cardiovascular exercise , push ups are a full upper body workout, and alternating lunges is a great lower body work out.   The constant motion of the alternating lunges will also increase your heart rate for more cardiovascular exercise.

Add this to your weekly routine in baby steps.  2x a week for 2 weeks, 3 times a week for 3 weeks and  4 days a week thereafter, allowing some days for rest.  Try this before your shower in the morning to increase your metabolism through out the day.  Before you know it, you will see results, have more energy, and it will become part of your lifestyle!

Written By:
Christina O’Leary, BS Exercise Science
Director of Branding & Media for Renaissance Home Health Care & Adult Day Services

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Simple, Proven Steps to Healthy Weight Loss

Simple, Proven Steps to Healthy Weight Loss

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Weight gain creeps up for everyone over the course of time for various reasons such as moments of sadness or depression, loneliness, stress, excessive travel, summertime BBQ’s, holiday gatherings, too much processed food and consistently eating out.  If we are not watching our calories in verses our calories out, next thing you know is you gained another 5-10 lbs.  When you are ready to make a change, something simple to start, try these proven steps:

  1. Hydrate!  Add more water to your day.  It not only fills you up, it’s great for your skin.
    • Drink a glass of water when you get out of bed.
    • Drink a glass of water before every meal.
    • Drink a glass of water before you go to bed.
  2. Control Your Portions!  Take a look at your hand.  Now take a closer look at the palm of your had.  If the portion size of your protein is larger, it’s too much.  Same method applies to starches, fruits, and vegetables.
  3. Increase the number of times you eat.  Yes, now that your portion size is smaller, you will be hungry quicker.  If you like sweets, grab a piece of fruit, if you like something crunchy, plan to have raw vegetables.
  4. Balance it Out!  Make sure your plate contains a palm full portion of protein, whole grain carbohydrates, and fruit or vegetables.  The more color the better!

Watching your calories is also very important.  Menus today are changing. They are adding the total calories for meals and snacks making it easier to count your calories while your are out and about.  Standard information the calories of various food items can also be easily be accessed online.

As a standard guideline to follow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends men consume 2,000 to 2,600 calories if they’re sedentary and  1,600 to 2,000 calories for sedentary women.  If you already have an active lifestyle, you can visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more recommendations.

At Renaissance Home Care and Adult Day Services we pride ourselves in helping our seniors make healthy decisions by giving our seniors healthy options to choose from through our many services and amenities.  We strive to provide the freshest ingredients in our meal preparation, encourage our seniors to become active, and make sure they hydrate themselves regularly throughout the day!

The only person who can make a difference in overcoming the various illnesses related to obesity, as well as obesity itself, is you!  Take control and make a change!

Written by :

Christina O’Leary, BS Exercise Science, Director of Branding & Media for Spring Hills Senior Communities & Home Health Services and Renaissance Home Health Care & Adult Day Services

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services

Photo Credit: Shannon Ruvelas Photography

Renaissance Adult Day Services in the Bronx Celebrates a June Birthday!

Everyone at Renaissance Adult Day Services in the Bronx had a great time celebrating Janine Wall’s birthday. She was surprised when they brought a cake out after lunch and everyone sang Happy Birthday!

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About Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services:
All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer a full range of individualized services that promote social, physical, and emotional well-being through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs in NY.  Their Signature Touches philosophy reflects the company’s goal of providing compassionate, professional, and skilled services in the comfort of one’s own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

Eileen Parenti, Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services