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August Newsletter (2)

August Newsletter

YourFloridaHaven and Azpira Deliver Happiness Through Gourmet-to-Go Event

Dinner is an important aspect of a Senior’s schedule. The best time of the day is when you get to enjoy a good meal. It makes it even better when that meal is fresh, delicious and you’re with friends.

Eating out at restaurants was a favorite past-time for many Seniors. Now, we’ve had an unfortunate shift in this dynamic with no thanks to the recent Coronavirus. Seniors have to be more careful and that means staying home.

The sad result being that far too many Seniors are resorting to pre-prepared or frozen meals at home. My Senior clients and friends talk on this subject consistently. Being around others is vital to Senior health. It’s as important as good food.

I’m always trying to find ways to help in these areas. One day, last June, I heard of an event at Azpira Assisted Living Facility in Windemere.

Gourmet – To -Go Event

The good folks at Azpira got together and created the ‘Gourmet – to Go’. This event helped supplement area Senior meals with the chef-prepared meals served daily to residents at the facility.

Through my resources, I heard of the event and inquired about it and to see if I could participate.

When I spoke with Amanda Mosel, Community Relations Manager at Azpira, she was delighted to offer me meals to deliver out. She also explained all about the event.

The facility management and staff got together and talked about the very issue of this pandemic and the quality of food Seniors at home are eating.

It’s especially hard for Seniors who live on their own. Led by Azpira’s Culinary Experience Manager, Cassandra, the entire culinary team curated a decadent menu for Seniors. They then prepared 70-80 chef-prepared to-go meals!

Jumping in My Car

I asked Amanda if I could come and pick up some meals and deliver them. This was something I caught wind of kind of last-minute. Despite the rush, I was still able to pick up three meals!

I was excited to get them. I knew exactly where I was going with them!

I’ve been delivering Meals on Wheels for a few years now. It’s wonderful and I adore the people I deliver to. I love volunteering.

Getting hold of the chef-prepared meals that smelled delicious was on a completely different level! Plus, there was dessert!

Yes, you could say, I jumped in my car to go get those meals. I delivered them to three wonderful Senior friends who are just incredible people.

The Difference Caring Makes

When I pulled up to Azpira, the first thing I noticed was how nicely everything was laid out. Everyone was polite and friendly.

The food was packaged and ready to go. There also were samples laid out in display so you could see what was being provided. They were nicely packaged and everything smelled great.

I was eager to get on the road.

Each delivery was met with smiles, happiness and gratitude. You could see the difference just this simple act of a delivering a freshly-prepared meal made.

It was a fun day. I had a great experience with this last-minute event and will/would definitely do it again given the opportunity.

You know, as we navigate this pandemic, we see the numbers, the challenges and the grand scale in the way this affecting us all. We all sometimes feel like there’s nothing we can do to make a difference.

It really is , many times, just the littles things though. Sometimes it’s a simple as a hot meal and helping to know you made someone feel a little better that day.

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Stroke symptoms recognize them and use the fast method

Recognize Stroke Symptoms Using the FAST Method

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

Signs and symptoms of a stroke in both men and women include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your face or in one arm or leg
  • Loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, or speech, or trouble understanding speech. These symptoms may get worse over time.
  • Sudden dim vision, especially in one eye
  • Sudden loss of balance, sometimes along with vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble swallowing
  • Sudden and severe headache with no other cause, followed quickly by passing out
  • Fainting briefly
  • Dizziness or sudden falls with no clear cause

FAST Stroke Recognition

Experts use the acronym FAST to remind people how to recognize the signs of a stroke and what to do. FAST stands for:

  • Face. Tell the person to smile. Watch to see if their face droops.
  • Arms. Have the person raise both their arms. Watch to see if one is weak or sags.
  • Speech. Ask the person to say a simple phrase. Listen for slurred or strange-sounding words.
  • Time. Every minute counts. Call 911 right away.

When to Get Emergency Care for a Stroke

If you or someone with you shows any signs of stroke, don’t wait. Quick treatment is crucial to survival and recovery.

Call for emergency services. If the symptoms pass quickly, you might have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), a brief blockage of blood flow to your brain that often comes before a stroke. Don’t ignore this warning sign.

Get to the hospital right away. Some treatments must begin within a few hours of symptoms. Early treatment can often help prevent death or disability.

6-Florida-Design-Trends-That-Last

6 Florida Design Styles That Never Go Out of Style

When we think Florida design, the first thought that usually comes to mind are those four incredible Golden Girls. These women set the scene thirty years ago for what the world would think of when they think ‘Florida’.

The wonderful weird thing has been, it’s stuck. The easy, breezy look of open air and tiled floors. Light colored walls meet easy-to-care for fabric all sewn together with a backdrop of the tropics.

6 Florida Design Styles That Last

Tropical Influences

Whether bold and bright or soft and subtle, tropical inspired patterns and furniture will always be a win in Florida decor. The elegantly curled fern wood accents and traditional turned legs give your living room the air of an island oasis. The tropical accents create a casual appeal characteristic of Florida style.

Neutral Palettes

Neutral palettes are always in style in one form or another, because they are so versatile. Whether in a bedroom or living room, a neutral palette brings a vibe of cool sophistication. Want a little more color? Add some accent pillows, a throw, and an area rug, and you have a new color scheme with very little effort. The neutral palette gives you endless interior design possibilities.

Whimsical Floral Patterns

This timeless favorite was championed by Laura Ashley in the ’50s and has remained a staple ever since. However, less is definitely more when it comes to florals, so use them on cushions and lamp shades to bring a touch of whimsy into your home decor without going over the top.Dining Buffet with Silver Sand Finished Doors

A Touch of Glam with Metallic Accents

Who doesn’t love a little bit of glitter, glow, and shine? A little goes a long way, but it can also elevate your style and make your décor memorable. One or two statement pieces is all you need. The silver sand finish combined with cherry veneers finished in dark sable offers a unique and contrasting appeal.

Fun-loving Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns have a youthful, carefree air about them. Although they can be traced back to the Aztecs, their popularity in home decor really took off in the ’60s, and they’ve been in style ever since. Use them on area rugs, upholstery for occasion chairs, or wallpaper to make a statement.Ivory Key Queen Pritchards Bay Panel Bed with Leather Wrapped Rattan and Silver Leaf Finials

Awesome Accent Walls

The demise of accent walls has been grossly exaggerated. An accent inspired by the pastel homes and whitewashed roofs of Bermuda makes the perfect backdrop a beautiful wicker four-poster bed. Traditional elements blend naturally with natural materials such as woven raffia and leather wrapped bamboo to create quintessential Florida style.

Mirrors on the Wall

Using mirrors to open up the space, make it seem bigger, and bring it light is a design trend that will never go out of style. A fresh take on the mirrored wall of the ’60s is to lean a large, floor-length mirror against a wall. You get the same illusion of more space without the dated look. They are also great for Florida homes with lovely garden views.

What To Do If You Think You Have COVID-19/Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a respiratory condition caused by a coronavirus. Some people are infected but don’t notice any symptoms. Most people will have mild symptoms and get better on their own. But about 1 in 6 will have severe problems, such as trouble breathing. The odds of more serious symptoms are higher if you’re older or have another health condition like diabetes or heart disease.

Here’s what to look for if you think you might have COVID-19.

Common Symptoms

Researchers in China found that the most common symptoms among people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 include:

  • Fever: 99%
  • Fatigue:70%
  • A dry cough: 59%
  • Loss of appetite: 40%
  • Body aches: 35%
  • Shortness of breath: 31%
  • Mucus or phlegm: 27%

Symptoms usually begin 2 to 14 days after you come into contact with the virus. They may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Chills, sometimes with shaking
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Emergency Symptoms

Call a doctor or hospital right away if you have one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • You have constant pain or pressure in your chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Sudden confusion

This is when you need to get medical attention. Contact your doctor’s office or hospital immediately. This should be done before you go in as there may be important instructions you need before you go.

Medical staff need to be prepared to treat you and to protect themselves before you arrive. Taking time here to do this right can make a big difference.

Here’s an inforgraphic to help demonstrate some of the info provided here. We wish you and your family a safe journey through this pandemic. We will continue to bring you as much and the best info we can find.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

June 2020 Newsletter

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