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Investing in Hope

Lifehouse is honored to be up for Nomination for CREB’s Charitable Foundation Investing in Hope

A Message from our Founder:

Lifehouse meets needs that are not currently being met by the conventional housing market. Our revolutionary care model combines holistic medical care and universal design to create a unique healing environment. Lifehouse is defining what it means to live in your house for life. Lifehouse simplifies the complex health care system into two parts – Home Care and Care Homes – giving our community members the support needed to live at home for life.

Right now, our elderly citizens are being forced into stale environments where they are expected to rapidly adapt to an often hard and rigid institutional routine. They are deprived of privacy and liberty and subjected to a diminished stigmatized status. Housed with hundreds of people and surrounded by staff who are stressed, overworked and underpaid. It’s time we come together to create a new way to age.

Our first care home opens summer of 2017 and will house 10 residents requiring high level memory care. Specialized Care Homes, private Home Care services, workshops, seminars and programs allow people to age in the community rather than leave the community for care. Lifehouse will transform Renfrew by connecting everyone in the community to care. We hope this grassroots project will encourage relationships between neighbors, and collaboration between community organizations. If we receive this $10,000 grant we will be able to dramatically increase the care capacity of this project by turning the yard space into a healing experience.

Help us build a monumental landmark in the community. The yard space on our property has the potential to be an oasis the entire community can grow to recognize. By contributing to our pilot project, you will help us create a restorative environment the entire community will enjoy. Join us, in creating a remarkable landscape that will heal, and restore our fragile community members. With support, we can grow care into the community and create an entirely new way to age!

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Caregiver Chronicles : Summer at Gran’s

Day 27 :

My month is almost over. As much as I can’t wait to get home to my real life, I’m pretty grateful my dad sent me to Gran’s this summer. Leticia, Gran’s caregiver, has been really sweet to me. She always brought me home food, never yelled at me to pick up after myself, and didn’t say anything when she caught me sneaking in late at night. Instead Leticia gave me little pieces of Gran that I always remember.

Leticia invited me to enjoy coffee with the two of them every morning, or at least the ones I was awake for. Gran would tell us outrageous tales that couldn’t possibly be reality and Leticia would ask her questions as if it happened 5 minutes ago. It was like I got to be apart of their inside joke.

Leticia often had to run errands for Gran and would ask me to just listen in case anything happened. During those alone moments, sometimes when it was real quiet I would panic and go check on her. She frequently dozed off in the middle of something. Mostly she was on the couch but one time she was at the table and fell asleep right in her breakfast. When I helped her get cleaned up she made a joke about how fluffy her pancakes were – She just couldn’t resist napping in them!

I know one day, I won’t remember much about this summer at Gran’s but she inspired me to journal everyday with her. I’ll always have my notes to read.. hopefully Leticia will grant all of Gran’s journals when that time comes.

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Medicine Monday

The ocean is something magical.  The vast perspective one has from staring out at this never ending blue. The relaxing sounds of the sea lapping at the sand. The minerals you absorb when you are in the ocean.

Bathing in salt water is a very detoxifying mediation. Hippocrates first called it thalassotherapy, which is a mineral rebalancing between the blood and the water. Salt water pulls out the toxins which lets your body heal naturally.

This method works on very topical wounds from spider bites, acne & eczema. It also works to relieve stress, calm the nervous system and release water retention. This is becasue of the magnesium content of the salt.

One does not have to be sick to reap the benefits of a Salt bath. Using Himalayan salt increases circulation, reduces inflammation and promotes cellular regeneration. Salts contain many minerals such as potassium, calcium, and sodium which each affect the body in unique ways.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

LISTENING TO CLASSICAL MUSIC

Classical music can improve your intellectual performance, but not by raising your IQ. Classical music can produce a calming effect by releasing pleasure-inducing dopamine and inhibiting the release of stress hormones, all of which generates a pleasant mood…It also depends on personal taste: If you don’t find classical music relaxing, you won’t experience these effects.

A drummer, tired from being ridiculed by other musicians, decides to change instruments. At the music store, he goes up to the sales counter and says, “I’ll take that red trumpet over there, and that accordion.” After a second, the store clerk says ,“OK, you can have the fire extinguisher but the radiator stays.”

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Medicine Monday

“Listen Baby, ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby” Marvin Gaye’s classic comes belting though the radio and my hand is immediately on knob turning the song up. 

“If you need me, call me. No matter where you are, No matter how far!” My brother sings in his best Tammi Terrell impression.

“DON’T WORRY BABY!” I join in.

“I’ll be there in hurry you don’t have to worry! ‘Cus Baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough, there ain’t no valley low enough, there ain’t no river wide enough from keeping me from getting to you baby!” We both sing together on the top of our lungs driving down the interstate with the blazing hot sun beating down on his old truck.

At the time, the only thing that song overwhelmed me with the feeling of bliss. There was a distinct image I had from when we were young singing that Marvin Gaye song with our parents around the kitchen table. My brother once told me that he remembered getting ready for school and Dad singing it into his toothbrush.

Today, this song is played maybe 20 times a day to my Mom.  It’s used as a tool to help her calm down from an episode.  We put it on any time she gets overstimulated and starts to have an outburst, anytime something is disrupted from the order she knew, and anytime we are changing locations.

Music is a wonderful tool that interacts with at least 10 areas in the brain. This includes the Hippocampus – which helps with the recall of music. The Nucleus Accumbens, Amygdala, and Cerebellum – which all play apart with the emotional reactions one has to music. The Prefrontal Cortex – which helps creates the expectations and satisfaction that one gets from hearing music.

Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High” has an undeniable therapeutic  reaction on my mother. It also has an undeniable affect on my brother & I.  When we were children it bonded us together and to our parents in a way that no amount of dialogue ever could. Today it gives us a way to hold on to that connection when our mom can’t hold on to the memories.

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Senior living / Home health care / Personal care home / Senior care / Home care

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