Holistic Nursing Care

Holistic Nursing Care for Seniors

Our holistic nursing care includes:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables daily
  • Daily Exercise
  • Light Therapy (Nov – April)
  • Essential Oil Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Community Outings
  • Minimal medications
  • Spiritual services from community clergy

“Our residents receive daily exercise, eat nourishing food, spend time outdoors, take minimal prescription drugs, and participate in daily activities of the household so they are active and engaged during the day and sleep better at night.”

Bethany Buchanan RN
Owner of Grace Homes

Food
We serve familiar, American style home cooked meals at Grace Homes.  All meals are prepared by the staff of Grace Homes on site. Our daily menu includes fresh fruit and vegetables, many of them organic.  Every Friday night is fish dinner.  We serve organic tomatoes and fresh herbs from our on-site garden in the summer and early fall.

Exercise 

Exercise for Seniors - holistic nursing careOur residents exercise daily in the morning. Our staff leads group exercise class including cardio, strength and balance training. Indoor and outdoor walks are also provided for our ambulatory residents.

Light Therapy
November through April  residents receive 10 – 15 minutes of Light-box therapy to help boost their mood and increase their vitamin D levels. The rest of the year they go outside every day possible for natural sunlight.

light therapy

Massage therapy - holistic nursing care for seniors
Massage Therapy
Our residents are offered full or partial body massages monthly for those choosing this service.

Minimal Medication
Our residents feel better and are more engaged when they take only those prescription drugs that are absolutely necessary for their health. All medications are routinely reviewed by the health care team to determine their necessity. Unnecessary drugs are weaned under the physician’s guidance.

Essential Oils
Organic Essential Oils from locally owned Verditas Botanicals are used on residents for various therapeutic purposes including peppermint oil to relieve joint pain and nausea, lavender oil for calming and ear wax removal, tea tree oil for foot and nail fungus treatment.

Pet therapy - holistic nursing care for seniors
Pet Therapy
Daisy Girl our yellow Labrador provides companionship and love to our residents. Lexi a grey and white cat and 2 parakeets also live in our home. Several well-behaved dogs visit regularly.

 

 

 

Music
Our Activities Director Sherry leads interactive music sessions with the accordion and singing 2-3 times a week.  We also have various musicians who perform including singing Girl Scouts, Barbara Friedman of Music Memories, electronic keyboard and golden oldies by Mr. Charles Scott Sr. and various duos and trios from the community.
Music Therapy - holistic nursing care for seniors

Outings

Are provided periodically to attractions in the area. Past outings have included the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Apple Haus, Hopkins Farmers Market, Dairy Queen, fishing at Lake Riley off a pontoon boat,  and lunch at Monka Beans in downtown Hopkins.

Social Engagement and Household Chores

We provide daily planned activities for resident engagement. Some residents also have daily chores including laundry folding, mail fetching, and rolling silverware which increases self-esteem and helps delay cognitive decline. Planned activities include music therapy, baking, flower planting, music sessions, tea parties, holiday decorating and parties.  Every Friday afternoon is Happy Hour with non-alcoholic cocktails, appetizers, socializing and music.

Spiritual Support

Local clergy visit on a regular basis to provide various spiritual services to our residents who are of different faith backgrounds. We welcome and support residents from all spiritual backgrounds.