Bunny Binkies

We’ve started a new project to help the bunny rescues in Las Vegas, Bunny Binkies. When looking for a new project we search for where there is a need as well as something that all seniors can be involved in and will enjoy. We had no idea how many bunnies needed to be rescued in Las Vegas, and one of their immediate needs were toys. We make the toys with 16 different bunny safe parts. Each toy is completing unique, it’s a fun creative time together.

On behalf of rabbit lovers, I want to sincerely thank your group for making toys for the rabbits in the “Bunnies Matter In Vegas, Too” rescue!! It is heart-warming to know someone cares, and also to see the bunnies so happy. The toys provide much-needed mental stimulation and ‘fun’ to their lives. Thank you, and may God bless you richly! 

5 Helpful Tips for Moving Your Parents into Their New Senior Living Home

By Elise Morgan

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Moving your parents into a senior living home can be difficult as this is a moment in your parents’ life where they must face the inevitable question of whether they are capable of managing their day-to-day on their own. Their life to this point has been of independence or others depending on them. The loss of both of these can be difficult. Though, at the same time, there is much to look forward to when moving into a senior living home.

Here are five ways to help ease your parents into this new life-transition and ease their minds as you do so.

Make Their New Living Situation Feel Like Home

One of the most difficult things about a senior living home is that it doesn’t “feel” like home. The apartments or dorm-style rooms are often more industrial than home-like. So, it can help if you add some of your parent’s personality to the living space such as family photographs, familiar smells (scented candles, room fresheners, etc.) and even their favorite furniture such as their old armchair, or a memorable rug. You don’t need to emulate their prior home but adding familiarity can add to warmth and help them sleep soundly at night.

Involve the Entire Family

Often, participation by all siblings and relatives can be lacking. This leaves the impression that the decision to move into a senior living home is not shared by all involved members. That’s not the best feeling for parents who may be uncertain about their transition. So, trying to involve all family members in some way can ease feelings of insecurity. Family members can be involved in physically moving, participating in community events, or even regular phone calls to check in are helpful.

Focus on the Good

Senior living homes can feel daunting and often congested. After all, your parents are moving from their own space to a shared living community. Though, this also means that your parents have less stress such as not having to worry about home repairs, preparing meals, taking care of the lawn, security is higher and social activities are frequent.

Encourage Your Parents to Participate in Community Activities

Participation is key to moving into a senior living home. One of the reasons is that socially, your parents can see that they are not going through the move alone. Every person living in the senior living home has gone through the same, or a similar, transition. Activities such as animal rescue services can provide a sense of meaning, introduce your parents to new activities, create a new lifestyle and build friendships.

Help Maintain Your Parent’s Independence

A loss of independence can be the hardest part of moving into a senior living home. After all, your parents have likely been taking care of themselves and others for over fifty years. Helping your parents to understand that they are not losing their identity, but rather opening up time to pursue their hobbies and passions is an important process to maintaining independence. A senior living home promotes a safe place with more opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. Your parents may have better access to transportation, interesting travel and other opportunities that may either have not been available or too costly when on their own.

The transition from independent living to senior home living can be difficult but understanding the benefits of senior home living and working with your parents can make the move a bit easier.

Guest post by Elise Morgan. Follow her on her Twitter Account @elisemthewriter

Easter Treats for Street Dogz

Our Sunrise Seniors put together Easter bags for Street Dogz to hand out to the pets and their pet parents they serve.

Street Dogz provides assistance to pets of homeless and those in need by offering food & supply distribution, assisting with funding to spay & neuter pets, meeting the needs of special food diets, medications, & vaccinations, & working to provide temporary housing for pets. In addition to offering material support, they find that their efforts to help humans care for their companions offer a sense of dignity, comfort, & hope.

Give-A-Dog-A-Bone for Street Dogz

The seniors had a great time putting together dog treat bags for Street Dogz.  We had at least 10 different types of chews and treats they could choose from to make a nice holiday mix of treats for the pups. Over 300 were donated that they have started distributing.  Street Dogz is an amazing organization that works the streets to help keep animals safe and taken care of. 

Lady and The Tramp Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone that came to our fundraiser that was organized and hosted by Sunrise Senior Living. We’d also like to thank everyone who donated items for our raffle, auctions items, donations and purchasing raffle tickets.  Together it made the event a success.

Sunrise will always have a special place in our hearts as it’s where Seniors To The Rescue all started.  Gail Mayhugh’s, the founder of Seniors To The Rescue, Mom, Terry was a resident at Sunrise.  It’s where the very first Boo-Boo Bag was made and where Gail continues to go each month to spend time with the special seniors there.

Gail with Jenny Caracciolo from Sunrise and Jose their house pup