When the days get shorter and the weather colder, maintaining a healthy routine can sometimes be difficult, especially for older adults. Caregivers can help older adults maintain their health during the winter. If you are looking for a long term care community in Port Coquitlam, the staff at Shaughnessy help our residents stay healthy. 

Exercise regularly and make sure to get enough sleep.

Regular exercise is crucial to maintaining a healthy body no matter the season. However, exercising during the colder months can sometimes be challenging. Our caregivers can help your loved one stay active by walking with them or bringing them to one of our older adults-focused fitness classes. Our long term care community in Port Coquitlam offers activities and outings to help residents stay active. From Zumba gold classes to yoga and chair exercises, there are tons of options to keep residents active! Additionally, getting enough sleep is also very important to have enough energy to stay active.

Eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet 

Eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is also vital in maintaining health during winter. During the winter months, flu and colds become more common. However, consuming foods that are dense in Vitamin C can help strengthen the immune system and fight infections. Some foods that are dense in Vitamin C include bell peppers, citrus fruits, kale, and berries. Vitamin D is another vitamin that some people become deficient in during winter due to lack of sunshine. Luckily, oily fish, like salmon and mackerel, are packed with Vitamin D! At Shaughnessy, our chefs prepare meals packed with vitamin C and vitamin D for our residents, ensuring residents are provided fresh, delicious, and inspired meals daily! Each resident enjoys individual meal service in the dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Maintaining mental well-being and fighting off loneliness

Socializing with family and friends can help maintain mental well-being and fight off loneliness during winter. Visiting with your loved ones regularly and involving them in your family’s holiday activities can help ensure your loved one does not feel lonely during the winter months. Our long term care community in Port Coquitlam, Shaughnessy, organizes many holiday events, activities, and outings. We also have a garden courtyard, gazebo, coffee bistro, and private dining room, that are perfect for social visits! Residents are also encouraged to engage with their passions and hobbies.

24/7 skilled professional nursing care and care aides

However, some older adults need some extra support. We proudly achieved accreditation from Accreditation Canada in 2005 and have remained accredited ever since. We have maintained our commitment to pass a rigorous and in-person examination by an external and independent survey team of industry professionals every three years. We provide the following services:

  • 24/7 skilled professional nursing care and care aides,
  • Personal care assistance and support,
  • Emergency alert systems,
  • Specialized support for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Porting to and from meals and activities,
  • Residents Day Plan, which gives residents a voice and choice in how they would like to live each day,
  • Registered dietician services,
  • Respite and palliative care

Are you looking for a care home in Port Coquitlam?

If you’re looking for a long term care community in Port Coquitlam, Shaughnessy offers personalized and high-quality nursing care to support your parent or loved one. Located in Port Coquitlam, our boutique-style residence is warm and inviting and can provide the resources required to keep your loved one comfortable and happy despite age-related health problems. If you’d like to learn more about our community and care plans, you can always visit our website or reach out to a member of our team, and we’d be happy to help.