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Valentines Crafts with Grandkids

By Autumn Pointe,
February 11, 2020
“Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.” ~ unknown  February is the month of love and there is no love greater than that of a grandparent and grandchild. The bond with your grandchild is special and what better way to show your love than with a DYI craft? Luckily you don’t have to be a crafting expert or artist to create memorable projects together, just the right supplies, time, and the perfect company, cookies and milk is a nice touch as well! Here are some ideas to start with.  Family Tree This project is not only easy but a frameable piece of art. With a black sharpie draw or trace the outline of a tree with branches on a white piece of paper. With a red or pink ink pad add “leaves” in the shape of a heart to form the tree. This is a great combined project as the tree is filled in with your combined fingerprints. Add a simple frame and it will become a piece you will treasure for years.  You rock!  This is a fun project for all ages because it involves finding pebbles together before you actually set forth to craft. Set off to find similar-sized rocks and pebbles once you have a collection, paint an 8x10 canvas (we like red). Glue the pebbles with epoxy to form the shape of a heart on your canvas once it’s dried. Once the glue has dried you will be ready to hang your creation on the wall.  Simple Valentine’s Day cards   Remember the days when you sat down and made homemade Valentine’s day cards in school? Kick it back old school and get out the crafting supplies for a walk down memory lane. Construction paper, glitter, glue, stickers, and scissors all make the perfect…

Family Holiday Fun for Everyone!

By Autumn Pointe,
December 20, 2019
  ”Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.” ~ Edna Ferber The holiday season is finally here! When it comes to holidays family is usually front and center along with traditions and the simple act of being together. The good part is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get the most of the holiday season. Here are some tips for you to spend quality time season with your grandkids and create new traditions.    Fun in the kitchen  This season is all about treats and spending time with your grandchildren in the kitchen is just plain fun. Whether you are passing down a home-honored family recipe or want to try something new, there are thousands of recipes and choices with a simple search online or in your favorite cookie book. Try your hand at this simple and delicious cookie recipe. The great thing about this simple recipe is the possibilities are endless when it comes to mix ins. You can add crushed candy canes, m&ms, sprinkles, and more! Perfect for gift-giving or to leave for Santa!   Read together  Reading books to children can spark their imagination, improves concentration, develop socially, improve empathy, and is a great bonding experience. Luckily, there is no shortage of books to choose from when it comes to the holiday season. Start a new tradition by visiting your local library together and picking out a mix of classics and modern holiday versions to enjoy together. For an added bonus, discuss the book together with a series of questions, you might be surprised at the meaning they got from the book.    Play games Be a kid at heart by pulling out a game to enjoy together. A simple card game, puzzle, or board game will make you feel youthful and is…

Fun Activities to do with Grandchildren 

By Autumn Pointe,
November 14, 2019
“Children are the rainbow of life. Grandchildren are the pot of gold.” ~ Unknown  There is no denying the special bond that grandparents have with their grandchildren, but now science is saying the benefits go way beyond the warm and fuzzy feeling that goes both ways in this relationship. Studies indicate grandparents who spend quality time with their grandchildren can actually live longer. Furthermore, the grandchildren only gain emotional intelligence, but it nurtures their happiness, encourages positive social behavior, decreases depressive symptoms, encourages family history, new skill sets, and family bonds. There isn’t really anything negative that can be said about spending time with grandchildren. Here are some fun ideas and tips to do with your grandchild to further cultivate your special bond.  Cooking or baking  Almost every family has a special family recipe or a recipe that reminds you of your childhood, perhaps a favorite cookie or pie. Sharing your recipe with your grandchildren can not only bring back memories but create precious new ones. Even if you can’t think of a family recipe to create together, simply baking basic chocolate chip cookies provides the perfect opportunity to express creativity and get children away from the screen! For starters try this yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe. Reading recipes and following directions step by step helps children improve basic skills such as reading and fractions.   Read a Book  Picking out a book together to read is special no matter what age you are. Even if you have teenaged grandchildren you can pick out an age-appropriate book to read simultaneously and share your thoughts and opinions about the book afterward. You can create your own special intimate book club together even if you don’t live close! Bond over the phone or via video chat. If you are lucky enough to live…

What Makes Autumn Pointe Unique for Your Loved One?

By Autumn Pointe,
November 13, 2019
When it comes to choosing a senior living facility for a friend or loved one, the choice can be understandably emotional and overwhelming. There are countless decisions that need to be made and a multitude of information to review, all in order to ensure that the best possible care is received.    For those who are unfamiliar with this process, it may be tempting to think that each facility is exactly the same. But Autumn Pointe distinguishes itself among the rest by the type of living options we offer, options that make our valued residents and your loved one feel that they are surrounded by the comforts of home.    Located in a serene country setting, Autumn Pointe’s picturesque grounds make it easy for residents to enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways; there are ample opportunities to explore the surrounding walking paths, relax on the porch with a book and a glass of lemonade, or simply breathe in the fresh air during moments of peace and quiet.    The beauty of the majestic surroundings extends to every inch of our facility, specifically designed to perfectly occasions for relaxation or simply socializing. From our beauty parlor to our library, our coffee shop to the chapel and the activity room, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy at Autumn Pointe.    If these exceptional features don’t make Autumn Pointe stand out from the rest, then you’ll be amazed at what our 48 senior apartments have to offer. Every unit includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator and freezer, gorgeous cabinets, and a stainless steel sink-just like home, if not better! Each apartment also features a large bathroom with sit-down showers, spacious closet space, wall-to-wall carpeting, window treatments, and pre-wired cable TV and telephone outlets. All of these comforts of a…
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Activities and Healthy Tips for Seniors to Stay Cool in the Heat

By Autumn Pointe,
August 30, 2019
Summer is a season most people look forward to in Nebraska. Our state is not short of things to do such as grilling, swimming, camping, hiking, and festivals, and while we soak up the milder temperatures and sunshine, older adults are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke. According to the Center for Disease Control, older adults are much more likely to become dehydrated. In fact, 36% of heat-related deaths in the United States were among people over the age of 65. Older adults do not adjust as well to sudden and extreme temperatures, or chronic medical conditions can actually alter their body’s response to heat. Here are some tips to consider when spending time outdoors with an older adult this summer.  Drink plenty of water It goes without saying for any age group, but especially seniors, if you are spending time outdoors in the summer be sure to take an insulated bottle of cold water with. Try to remember to drink throughout the day and not just when you are thirsty when it might be too late.  Eat snacks When it’s hot outside sometimes older adults don’t feel very hungry but it’s important to remember to eat throughout the day to prevent feeling dizzy from the heat. Consider cool snacks such as grapes,, cheese, cut up watermelon, celery, and other veggies to snack on throughout the day. Keep your snacks cool with an insulated refrigerator bag and an ice pack.  Wear lightweight clothing Light-colored and breathable fabric is best for a senior in the summer whether they are indoors or spending any time outside. Consider purchasing loose-fitting athletic clothing for your older adult so they are comfortable and cool.  Cool the area indoors Ensure your older adult is comfortable indoors by running fans, closing blinds, and running…
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Tips for Traveling with your Aging Parents

By Autumn Pointe,
August 13, 2019
Having aging parents shouldn’t stop you from traveling with them. In fact, multi-generational travel offers benefits that weren’t available when you were younger. Seniors are likely to have more accessible free time and more money than when they were younger. But as your parents get older, new logistical considerations must be made before travel. The key to traveling with seniors is to prepare in well in advance. Here are a few tips to follow to make sure your trip goes smoothly: Plan for everything: When traveling with seniors, anything can happen and it is good to be prepared. Seniors tend to have a laundry list of things they need to bring with, so prepare well in advance. Start with medical clearance. Check with a medical professional to see if your parent is healthy enough to be traveling. Don’t forget medications and medical paperwork, as that may come in handy. For air travel, consider longer connection times and arranging ground transport at the airport for added convenience.  Find a trip for everyone - Arranging a vacation that has activities for everyone is crucial. Constantly doing everything as a family can cause unneeded pressure and tension in your group. People should be able to decide to do their own thing. Appealing to everyone's needs is easy when everyone in the group is around the same age, but this is not always the case.  Find a trip where everyone will be happy.  Consider mobility - Just because you can walk all 18 holes of golf, doesn’t mean that your dad still can. When planning activities for your vacation, consider what your parents can handle. If they require a wheelchair, make sure you do your research on wheelchair accessibility.  Scheduling - Be sure to plan some downtime and to not overpack your schedule. Traveling…

The Importance of Community for Elderly Parents

By Autumn Pointe,
June 30, 2019
When looking for the right nursing home, you may be drawn to comfortable couches and fancy kitchens, but what’s even more crucial, and often under looked, is the community. Elderly community centers are equally as important to their way of life, as the atmosphere is. Get your loved one involved with their community and read below on how this could benefit you or your loved one. The Importance of Community for Older Adults Sense of Community: A community atmosphere can help build new relationships and strengthen existing ones, as well as strengthening old ones. By joining clubs, groups, and volunteering, your loved will have more meaningful relationships that will improve their way of life. Confidence Building: More friends and meaningful relationships can build confidence, along with willingness to try new things. They will get to meet people who are engaged in the same interests they are. With all of these sudden life changes, it’s crucial your loved one knows how special and loved they are. Confidence increases motivation, positive reinforcement, and quality of life. Mental Stimulation: Community activities also promote mental stimulation by providing learning activities, like art or book clubs. These everyday social interactions can reduce mental decline, decrease the risk of dementia, and even depression. At Autumn Pointe Assisted Living, we pride ourselves on having a close-knit, family atmosphere and encourage our residents to partake in activities that make them happy and fulfilled. Many of our staff and residents were raised in the area and have lived here for many years. Autumn Pointe is an extension of the home life our residents are used to, allowing them to stay in the same small community among the friends and family they’re familiar with. We strongly believe that each resident should be treated with dignity and respect so they are…
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Coming to terms with Aging Parents

By Autumn Pointe,
May 30, 2019
“Aging gracefully means being flexible, being open, allowing change, enjoying change and loving yourself.” ~ Wendy Whelan When it comes to life you’ll often hear people say how fast it goes, if you have children you know this is especially true. One moment it seems like you are changing diapers and the next moment you are dropping them off at college, walking them down the aisle at their wedding, and holding children of their own. While it can be difficult to watch your kids grow up, fly out of the nest, and get lives of their own, a shift often happens later on in life. The children have to come to terms with their aging parents. The process of becoming a decision maker for your parents can be emotionally taxing and stressful. Everyone is different including your needs, your parent’s needs, their current medical needs, and emotional health. After you’ve had time to consider your aging parent and their future, it’s important to keep certain things in mind before making a decision. Does your parent have mobility issues? When it comes to activities of daily living or (ADLs) does your parent need extra assistance? Is your parent suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's? Does your parent have special medical needs including prescription drug administration? Are you able to financially support your parent and care for them throughout the day? Would you receive peace of mind knowing they were cared for by compassionate and skilled staff members 24/7? Is your parent showing signs of decreased mood, irritability, and isolation? Is your parent able to enjoy outings and socialized events? When it comes to the proximity of a facility, how close would you like your senior parent to be to your own home, work, grandkids, etc.? Is your aging parent able to cook,…
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Springtime Activities for Seniors

By Autumn Pointe,
April 9, 2019
There is something magical about the turning of the seasons, especially spring. The birds are chirping, the buds of trees and flowers are starting to awaken and people are getting outside to enjoy the warmer temperatures. This sense of renewal is not only for the young, but the young at heart, and seniors can benefit greatly this time of year. Getting outside can not only improve cognitive function but mood and overall health. Here are some great tips for encouraging your special older adult to enjoy some springtime activities.   Go on a nature walk Whether your senior is wheelchair bound or is able to walk short distances, being outdoors can instantly boost mood. Research indicates that even short bursts of getting out in nature can have a multitude of benefits, including improving memory and a diminished sense of isolation. Consider talking about the things you see along the way or even turning it into a game. Print off a spring scavenger hunt and see who can find the most objects along the way. Spring cleaning There are little things as synonymous with spring than cleaning. If you are unable to spend some time outdoors or are looking for a project to do, why not tackle a little spring cleaning together? This can be as simple as a little dusting or maybe a deeper clean, furniture rearrangement, or new and fresh look. You can easily inject some spring in your senior’s living area with a new piece of art, freshly cut flowers, or pops of bright colors with accents. Consider hiring a photographer When was the last time you had a family photo? If you have a hard time thinking of a date, spring might be the ideal time to hire a photographer for some updated photos. Most photographers are willing…
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Choosing the Right Assisted Living for Your Loved One

By Autumn Pointe,
March 18, 2019
Choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one can be stressful. How do you know you’re choosing the right facility? Will they get the care they need? Will they be happy there? These are all common questions, and good ones at that. If you’re having a hard time knowing how to choose the right facility, try checking some of these things off the list. The Environment of the Facility As you enter the facility for the first time, how do you feel? Does it feel warm and welcoming? Could you see yourself being comfortable there? Is the location right for both you and your loved one? Try and answer them honestly, and really ask yourself if your family member would be happy there. Talk to other residents and get their opinions on it so you can get a better feel for the facility. Interior Features When looking at the physical features of the facility, make sure that all the proper safety precautions are being taken. Check for non-skid materials on the floor, easy to reach shelving, handrails in hallways and in stairwells, and if everything is clean and tidy. Medication and Care One of the biggest aspects of an assisted living facility is the type of care that’s available. Check to make sure your family member will be able to get all the assistance they need, including taking medication, bathing, getting dressed, cleaning, eating, and other basic tasks they may need to complete throughout the day. You can also check to make sure that there’s a thorough plan of action when it comes to the type of care your loved one should receive. Dining and Recreation You don’t want your loved one to feel like they’re trapped, which is why it’s important to make sure there are a variety…