Category Archives: Health Topics

September 2020: Notes from Nursing

During these uncertain times, daily routines have been drastically changed.  However, one thing that has not changed, is our commitment and service for our residents here at Copperfield Hill.   We are happy to report that some things are back on schedule.  Here are a few things to note:

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Podiatry appointments have resumed for residents in both The Manor and The Lodge.  Residents in The Lodge must sign up with the nursing department.  Residents in The Manor may sign up in the front office with the Concierge.  Please contact our nursing staff if you have questions.

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Flu shots will be offered to residents in both The Manor and The Lodge. Sign up will be available with the Concierge.  We are encouraging all residents and staff to get a flu shot this fall.  Please have your insurance information available.

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Based on the guidance of the MN Department of Health, Copperfield Hill is welcoming “Essential Caregivers” on campus.  An Essential Caregiver is a third party caregiver that at this time during the pandemic, will provide in-person care and assistance to a resident of Copperfield Hill.  All determinations are made on a case by case basis.  Determinations are based on an assessment by the RN and a consultation with the Executive Director.

Beginning at the end of July, Copperfield Hill has welcomed a number of Essential Caregivers.  There are very strict guidelines and policies in place for this program.  Please consult your building manager if you have questions.

 

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Staying active in Memory Care

There are many ways that Copperfield Hill residents are staying busy during the Quarantine. No doubt, it has been a very challenging time. However, it is essential to keep busy and occupied with stimulating and safe activities that keep us all connected.*

*All activities follow social distancing guidelines.

Here are a few examples:

Manicures and Pedicures. Any day is a good day to relax and get pampered.

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Arts and Crafts. Nothing passes the time like a good craft!

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Enjoying the Secure Outdoor Patio. At Copperfield Hill we have a secure patio space for residents to get outside safely. Many like to sit outside and get fresh air, but this space also allows us to GARDEN.

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Celebrating Birthdays. You can never skip someone’s birthday. No matter what is happening in the world. We should always stop and celebrate the special people in our lives.

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Sing-A-longs.  We are very lucky to have musically talented residents. Music is a powerful tool with memory care residents.

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Coffee Hours. Even though we keep our residents busy during the day, it is important to take a seat and indulge in a cup of Joe.

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BINGO. We are consistently thinking of ways to reinvent the game. Our residents have enjoyed variations including: Traditional BINGO, Music BINGO and Candy Bar BINGO.

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Celebrating Holidays. We haven’t skipped any opportunity to CELEBRATE. Pictured below are moments from Earth Day, Memorial Day and Mother’s Day observations.

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How to Wear a Face Mask

It’s a new habit that most of us are taking on for the first time – wearing a face mask.  Below is a graphic from WebMD on the do’s and don’t of wearing a face mask properly.

 

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Beating The Winter Blues

It’s that time of year again. Much shorter days, less natural sunlight and our coldest months (January and February) ahead of us. With this in mind, many people may be finding themselves feeling more isolated and even a bit blue. It’s not just the length of day, there is a direct relationship to the holidays and the amount of activity that tends to fall off after the festivities are over. What is it about this time of year that can have us feeling a bit off our game? What can we do about it?

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is commonly referred to as the winter blues. It is a clinical diagnosis according to the National Institute of Health*. It occurs more commonly in the northern part of the country where it is colder.  Shorter days and less sunlight can cause the internal clock, or circadian rhythm, for someone to change. For many, the change can cause shifts in their melatonin levels, causing mood disruption.

To offset the lack of natural light, light therapy can help. The use of light therapy lamps is common to replace missing daylight hours.

Also, talking about how you feel with family, friends and health professionals can help offset the winter blues. Feeling “down” is not uncommon and talking about those feelings can help. Many times, just talking can help you recognize what might be bothering you and also help identify activities and behaviors that can help turn to a more positive outlook. Finding things that fill you with joy and a feeling of accomplishment can help tremendously.

Below are a few ideas to help with SAD:

  • Do something you enjoy.
  • Weather permitting, make sure when the sun is out, get out in it!
  • Spend time with people you enjoy. Family and friends help support one another.
  • Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Don’t expect change overnight. Your mood will change gradually with self-care and attention to what makes you feel better.

*Learn more at: NIH.gov, clevelandclinic.org and mayoclinic.org

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December is Flu Fighting Month

December is all about staying healthy and fighting the flu. December 1-7, is National Hand Washing Awareness Week and Influenza Vaccination Week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. This can be achieved by a visit to a variety of health providers. Your physician can normally provide a flu shot, but so can local pharmacies and clinics. Also, take actions daily, to stop the spread of harmful germs and thus the flu virus. Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and washing your hands often are ways to prevent germs from spreading. If you do get sick, there are prescription medications called “antiviral drugs” that can be used to treat flu symptoms.

You can also avoid getting the flu by just taking good care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids. Consider cutting back on caffeine and alcohol which can cause dehydration.  Keep up your exercise routine. Just because it is cold outside does not mean quit moving.

Daily preventative actions can help fight illness. Keeping surfaces clean and disinfected is a sure way to kill household germs. Wipe down handles, faucets, phones, work surfaces that you touch often. Don’t forget your work environment and the car.

You can learn more at cdc.gov, mayoclinic.org and nih.gov

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The Holidays are almost here!

With 6 days until Thanksgiving and 32 days until Christmas, the holidays are coming.  While this time of year can be a time of celebration and great cheer, it can also be a source of stress.  Staying healthy during the holidays can be a challenge.  Here are a few tips:

Make Healthy Choices – It is easy to over indulge, try not to.  If you plan on a large Thanksgiving mid day meal, plan on a lighter meal for the evening.

Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water.  It is key to staying healthy.  Limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol, both can lead to dehydration.

Stay Active – Be sure to keep up with your normal routines.  Invite friends and family to join you for a walk.  It is easy to dismiss keeping up with our daily routines with holiday distractions.

Take Time for Yourself – This time of year we get pulled in many directions.  It is easy to over extend while trying to keep up with all of the festivities of the season.  If you need time to rest and relax, make sure to do so.  Skipping a few activities here or there can contribute to enjoying your time with family and friends.

Get Enough Sleep – Getting enough sleep is key for our energy levels and keeping ourselves healthy.  When we don’t get enough sleep, it can cause changes in our body’s chemistry.  This can lead to anxiety, irritability and weight gain.  Seven or eight hours a night is best!

Get more information at:  cdc.gov, Forbes.com or health.harvard.edu

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

President Ronald Reagan designated the month of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 1983. At that time, less than two million people suffered with the disease. Today, that number is now closer to five million.

Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia, which is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and activities. It is the most common type of dementia.

Is there a cure? Currently there are no drugs or treatments to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

 

However, there are some treatments that can slow down the progression.   Research is constantly being done for new options with the goal of a cure.

Alzheimer’s disease symptoms can vary, but often include: memory loss, trouble solving problems, confusion about space and time, misplacing things, inability to retrace one’s movements and mood/personality changes.

There are ways to help people coping with the early stages of the disease. Help them keep a common daily routine, keep things simple and don’t have too many activities going on at once. Overstimulation can cause confusion and anxiety. Be reassuring and don’t try to change behaviors by reasoning.

*For more information visit: alz.org, mayoclinic.org and alzinfo.org.

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