Traveling Safely with Mom this Summer

Traveling

Dear Ashlee: My husband and I decided to include his 85-year old mother on our summer vacation this year. While our plans are still in the works, we expect to be staying at a national park for five or six nights. We haven’t tried this before so we are hoping for a little advice on… Read more »

4 Tips for Easier Post-Rehab Grocery Shopping

Tips for Grocery Shopping

Going back to daily life after post-hospital rehabilitation and therapy can be challenging. One typical chore you may or may not have missed is grocery shopping, which can quickly become tiring or beyond your current physical capacity after rehab. Fortunately, we have a few simple tips to make this task easier and less overwhelming. That… Read more »

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet This Summer

Summer Diet

After a long, cold winter, warm weather has finally arrived in Central Ohio! If you are like most seniors and caregivers, too many snowy days led to a lack of exercise and too much indulging in comfort foods that aren’t very healthy. We thought the month of June would be a great time to help… Read more »

Pack Up a Healthier Picnic

Healthier Picnic

If your summer fun includes a senior loved one, planning heart smart menus is important. Many picnic and party foods are high in fat, salt, and sodium. All three are known to contribute to an increase in blood pressure and can exacerbate existing conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease… Read more »

Planning a Summer Respite Stay

Senior enjoying a respite stay

Are you planning a family vacation this summer and need a safe place for a senior loved one to stay? Respite is the ideal solution for you! Respite services offer a care solution for older adults and people with a disability who need extra support on a short-term basis. Your loved one can enjoy a short-term… Read more »

Choosing the Right Rehab Center

Therapy Session

If a Columbus area senior loved one is hospitalized following an injury or illness, or if they are recovering from a planned surgery, their physician has likely recommended they continue their rehab. In many cases, the recommendation is a short-term stay in a skilled nursing and rehab center. While older adults are anxious to return… Read more »

8 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Gift for Mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and when brainstorming gift ideas it can be hard to know what to get, especially for the mom that “don’t want anything”. A Digital Photo Album A digital photo frame is a great way to share new pictures with your mom that she can easily display in her… Read more »

Power of Attorney and Living Will

In the event of an emergency, Power of Attorney and Living Will documentation are helpful to have in place. These documents protect your wishes and finances for your family. Health Care Power of Attorney First let’s look at what the Power of Attorney for Health Care covers: This document allows you to designate a person… Read more »

Visiting a Loved One at Optalis

Visiting a Loved One

We are thrilled to help our residents safely visit with their families! Understanding risk, but also recognizing the benefits of visiting with loved ones, Optalis residents are able to enjoy visitation, with some guidance provided by the CDC and CMS in regards to the core principles of infection control to mitigate the risks to our… Read more »

9 Gift Ideas That Are Perfect for Someone in the Hospital

Gift Boxes

If your friend or family member is in the hospital, it’s natural to want to bring them something when you visit. However, how do you know what gift will be appropriate and appreciated? To help you out, here are some hospital gift ideas (that aren’t flowers!) that are perfect for older adults. What to Bring Someone in… Read more »