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2021 May 19 / Jane

6 Ways We Prioritize Mental Health for Seniors During Quarantine

During this pandemic period, mental health for seniors has become a hot topic, especially for those who are living in retirement homes—like Chateau Glengarry—and other facilities catering to and caring for our aging population. As always, our staff wants to provide essential services, ensure positive and supportive outlets for our residents, provide essential services, and... Here are just a few of the ways we work to prioritize mental health for seniors in our retirement community.

1. We keep the lines of communication open.

Our staff prides itself on being responsive to the needs of our seniors and sometimes that includes introducing them to new means of communicating with their families. Since people of past a certain age may not be up to speed on using new technology like Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime, we’re happy to step in to help out. Anything to further break their feelings of isolation.

2. We encourage our seniors to be active.

Our seniors are always encouraged to keep moving, whether that’s indoors doing a light workout in our gym or outdoors where they can take a stroll, get some sunlight, and enjoy fresh air.

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3. We create opportunities to socialize.

Our staff always strives to maintain engaging spaces that give our residents opportunities to greet and gather with each other whether that’s at our craft or card tables, our outdoor gazebos, our large deck, or at any of six lounging areas.

4. We maintain routines.

We know from experience that maintaining a routine can help seniors reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, increase feelings of safety and security, and improve their sleep. With that in mind, we have schedules we follow for the well-being of all residents.

5. We celebrate!

Lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t have fun together! As much as we can within the limits of public health measures, we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and anything else that gives us an excuse to bring some light into our seniors’ lives!

Even though this is a difficult time for everyone, we have been creative in ensuring strong mental health for our seniors while keeping them safe, secure, and connected with each other and their loved ones. We’re all in this together! Chateau Glengarry offers relaxed, safe, and comfortable retirement living and respite care in a beautiful rural setting in Eastern Ontario. For more information or to book a tour, call us at 613-524-4440 or fill out our contact form.

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2022 November 05

We pay attention to residents' Dietary Needs, According to Diabetes Canada, one in three Canadians are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Research shows that for those in the 65+ age bracket, the prevalence of this disease is even higher. The overall health of seniors with diabetes can be impacted by many variables that our staff needs to consider. Many of our residents at Chateau Glengarry live with this condition, and we aim to consistently provide the best care to prevent, control, and manage diabetes. What’s our approach? Read on to find out. Every one of our seniors with diabetes has dietary needs and we plan our menu to meet these. We make sure they are receiving sufficient proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. To make the food more appealing, we like to incorporate as much seasonal fresh harvest from our local producers as possible. And we either limit or avoid food we know can trigger a rise in blood sugar levels. We pride ourselves on staying abreast of new research and technologies that can help our residents. With this lovely lady, we introduced her to a new, innovative sensor and glucometer called the FreeStyle Libre that allowed her to avoid the constant finger-pricking she previously underwent to check her blood sugar levels. As most of you know, monitoring the B/S is crucial to optimizing a person’s insulin levels. Along with this new tool, and regular and balanced meals, we were able to work with this lovely lady to stabilize her B/S. As a result, she has more freedom to relax and enjoy her new home. If you or your loved one is living with diabetes and considering moving to an independent living facility like ours, be sure to ask questions related to diabetes-specific care. After all, quality of life, comfort, and top-notch care is the priority, isn’t it? We think so!