Holistic Nursing Care for Seniors
|Our holistic nursing care includes:
“Our residents receive daily exercise, eat nourishing organic 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
We serve mostly organic and local food at Grace Homes. The beef we serve is grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. Every Friday night is fish dinner. We serve wild caught Alaskan salmon, mahi-mahi and other sustainable fish. We also serve organic tomatoes and fresh herbs from our on-site garden in the summer and early fall. We serve fresh, in season fruit at breakfast and lunch daily.
Our residents exercise daily in the morning. Our Activities Director leads group exercise class including light weightlifting, cardio, strength and balance training. She provides one on one range of motion and strengthening exercises for those requiring individual attention. Indoor and outdoor walks are also provided for our residents who need additional exercise and fresh air.
November through March residents receive 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.
Our residents feel better and engage in life more 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.
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 for foot and nail fungus treatment.
Our Activities Director Sherry leads interactive music sessions with the accordion and singing 3-5 times a week. We also have musicians 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.
Are provided periodically to attractions in the area. Past outings have included Tonkadale Nursery, General Store, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Apple Haus, Hopkins Farmers Market, Dairy Queen, fishing at Lake Riley off pontoon boat, drives down Hopkins Main Street and around Lake Minnetonka.
We provide daily planned activities for our residents. Able residents have daily chores including sweeping, gardening, laundry folding, mail fetching, and animal care, which increases self-esteem and helps delay cognitive decline. Planned activities include music therapy, baking, flower planting, assisting with meal prep, Facebooking, music sessions, tea parties, holiday decorating and parties. Every Friday afternoon is Happy Hour with non-alcoholic cocktails, music and joke telling.
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.