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Spring Potato Salad Recipe

It’s finally spring here at Lester Senior Living! Which means we are looking forward to getting outdoors more for live entertainment, daily walks and delicious picnics. We are also looking forward to classic picnic staples like homemade potato salad. If you’re looking for a new spin to this classic dish, check out our spring potato salad recipe from our chefs on-site.

Serves 8-10

Ingredients for Potato Salad:

  • 4 Pounds Fingerling Potatoes
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Large Red Pepper (small dice)
  • ½ Bunch Chives (chopped)
  • ½ Bunch Basil (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise (see recipe)
  • Kosher salt to taste

Ingredients for Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise

  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt to taste

Directions for Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise:

  1. Coat the garlic cloves with oil and roast in the oven at 300 degrees until golden brown and soft.
  2. Using a food processor, puree the garlic cloves until smooth.
  3. Add mayonnaise and continue to puree until well integrated together.
  4. Season with kosher salt.
  5. Refrigerate the mayonnaise until ready to use.

Directions for Potato Salad:

  1. Cut the fingerling potatoes in half (lengthwise) and place in a pot with salted cold water.
  2. Put the pot of potatoes on the stove and cook on high heat until boiling.
  3. Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Leave the potatoes in the hot water until they are fully cooked.
  5. Drain the potatoes and place on a sheet pan, then drizzle the potatoes with vinegar and let them cool in the refrigerator.
  6. Once cool, place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add in the peppers, chives, and basil.
  8. Mix in the garlic mayonnaise and season with salt (or other spices) to taste.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy! Or this potato salad can be stored and refrigerated for up to three days.

Trying New Dishes at Lester Senior Living in NJ

Our beloved chefs at Lester are always open to new recipe suggestions that also accommodate the dietary restrictions or kosher needs of our senior living residents. Whether it’s a simple potato salad or something more complex, there’s nothing they love more than perfecting new dishes and serving the residents in assisted living and independent living.

For more information about our food and dining options for seniors in Whippany NJ, please come visit us for lunch or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org

What Does It Mean To Offer Care “In The Jewish Tradition?”

While JCHC is an organization founded to help Jewish seniors in the North Jersey area, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to help everyone. It turns out that living in a residence operating in a Jewish tradition is actually a philosophy that benefits everyone, and restricts no one regardless of religion, race, creed, age, or social status.

At JCHC We believe that nurturing mind, body, and soul is what keeps our independent and assisted living residents happy and healthy. Our goal is to empower our seniors while allowing them to live fully and safely. Care in the Jewish tradition is based on these values, Chesed (kindness/love), Kavod (respect), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and Tzedakah (charity). Regardless of who you worship, we feel these values can relate to anyone and everyone.

Senior Activities at JCHC

We do this by keeping a busy daily activity calendar as well as opportunities to enjoy the quiet on our patio or lovely nature walks. It’s your choice how to spend your time. At JCHC, delicious food is a priority in nourishing the body and soul, as well as the company we enjoy that food with. Monday through Friday consists of restaurant-style meals in our elegant, community dining room. Our chefs are happy to cater to any dietary restrictions, kosher or vegetarian for example.

Senior Amenities at JCHC

Some of the amenities you will enjoy at JCHC include a beauty/barbershop, a convenience store with pantry items and fresh produce, private dining rooms for when you’re entertaining family and friends, in addition to a card room, computer center, art studio, movie theater, fitness center, and lending library.

At JCHC our services range from senior housing, independent living, and assisted living to memory care and respite care. At all of our locations, we provide a culture based on our core values. Providing our residents with opportunities for fulfilling intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual activities. We maintain supportive, joyful communities where residents can engage in sharing life’s experiences. Our goal is to nurture a sense of pride and common purpose among staff, board members, and volunteers. If you or a loved one is looking for independent senior living, please contact our experts at JCHC Senior housing Community at https://jchcorp.org/

Mothers Day Activities for Mom in Memory Care

If this is Mom’s first mother’s day in memory care you both might still be adjusting to the new normal. Our experts at JCHC are here to assure you that although this is not what you are used to, you are still able to make memories together and enjoy the day with mom. We first urge you to understand that mom might not remember it’s mother’s day, if that is the case, as hard as it is just let it be. The focus isn’t on the day itself as it is just spending time together.

Focusing on mom’s favorite activities before her memory started to change is still a great way to make the day about her. If mom loved to bake or cook but can’t do so anymore, make her favorite treat the night before and bring it over to her. The sense of smell is incredibly strong and might bring back fond memories once she smells her favorite foods or even flowers, especially if those smells and sights are associated with mothers days in the past.

Mother’s Day with Dementia Afflicted Seniors

If Mom’s favorite activities can still be done or modified so she can still enjoy them, make the effort to do some with her. If she loves to garden you can bring her some new houseplants and transfer them into decorative planters with her. Gardening has many health benefits such as decreasing stress and anxiety, and can be a good exercise. Having houseplants in the home is also known to brighten moods as well as give responsibility and it helps create a routine.

Everyone enjoys some pampering from time to time, and what a perfect time to pamper mom on mother’s day. She might enjoy you doing her hair for her, or having you paint her nails a nice color for spring. If hair and nails aren’t in your skillset, you can always try a hand and foot massage. It’s guaranteed to feel good and doesn’t require any special skills, just moms preferred lotion.

Getting crafty with activities like scrapbooking is a way to spend your time together and mom gets to keep it when you’re finished. If you’re scrapbooking it might be fun to go through old photos, bringing up forgotten memories. When adding them to the scrapbook, label the photos with the names of the people, activities, and anything else that mom might want to remember about that day. Remember if there is anything mom doesn’t remember avoid trying to remind her of it and don’t argue about it, just move on to another photo.

Remember What They Did For Us on Mothers Day

While your parents may be slowly forgetting things, it is more important than ever that you remember how they have always cared for you, loved you, and supported you.

If you’re looking for a memory care provider for mom to make her journey as comfortable as possible for everyone, our experts at JCHC have a dedicated memory care section, with specific safety features for memory care residents and trained professionals.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us, we would love to hear from you. https://jchcorp.org/

What Does It Mean To Receive Memory Support?

While memory care services are often associated with assisted living and may overlap, the two are not the same. Assisted living primarily focuses on providing essential support for day-to-day living like bathing, dressing, meal preparation and medication, while memory support specifically assists residents with dementia conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re still looking for some insight into how memory care differs, our memory care providers in New Jersey have expanded on what it really means to receive dementia support at a senior community like Lester Senior Living.

Comfortable residential settings for dementia residents

Lester offers residents with memory conditions a comfortable, homey residential setting specifically designed to foster the best quality of life. Our staff and memory care specialists are fully trained to care for residents with varying conditions while providing compassionate companionship.

Our programs are based on each person’s individual needs and preferences, as well as their cognitive strengths. We incorporate everyday routines into a neighborhood lifestyle, including tasks like setting the table, playing word games, gardening and group discussions. In addition to this, we offer fun, extracurricular programs that promote community engagement and participation including fitness classes, hands-on creative art, music classes and other forms of sensory stimulation and entertainment.

By offering comfortable, dementia-friendly apartments, a range of communal activity areas and secure wander management, we strive to balance our memory care services with each resident’s dignity.

Customized Memory Care and Support Services in New Jersey

At Lester Senior Living, we aim to serve our memory care residents as well as their loved ones with compassion, respect and expert support. Our approach to memory care changes with each resident. We take the time to really get to know your loved one, evaluate their needs, and then determine the level of care needed. By providing meaningful experiences everyday that promote their independence, your loved one can restore and maintain what matters most — their dignity and independence.

For more information about our customized memory care services for Alzheimer’s and dementia, please contact us today to arrange for a personal visit or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org

How to Make a Senior Friendly Space

As our loved ones age, their homes can become less easy to live in. Especially if your loved one is limited by mobility or health issues. While this doesn’t mean a move is in the cards quite yet, there’s a lot that family and caregivers can do now to help make their living space more Senior friendly. Here are some tips from our assisted living staff in Morris County, NJ.

  1. Declutter throughout the house: Stacks of old newspapers or magazines, too much and oversized-furniture and other clutter pose immediate hazards for the elderly. Keeping rooms, staircases and hallways tidy and as open as possible will give your loved one space to move freely, even with a walker and prevent collisions, as well as injuries from falling items.
  2. Install good lighting – and lots of it: While failing eyesight could be a part of getting older, making your loved one’s home brighter is important for preventing falls – especially in hallways and on staircases. Nightlights installed throughout the house can light up each room enough so if your loved one needs to get up in the middle of the night they can easily make their way to the switches to turn on any lights.
  3. Remove or repair all tripping hazards: Loose rugs, slippery floors, electrical cables on the floor and damaged floorboards can easily result in a fall. You can either repair the item or remove it from the home and replace it with something secure and safe to walk on.
  4. Handrails in the bathroom and on stairs: Getting up quickly, walking down stairs or moving while wet can result in falls even when you are there to assist your loved one. Installing handrails or grab bars strategically in bathrooms and on stairs helps your loved one keep their balance. Grab bars can be added anywhere around the house that your loved one might find helpful, perhaps by their favorite place to sit.
  5. Install non-slip mats in bathrooms: In addition to grab bars, placing non-slip mats in bathtubs and showers gives your loved one extra grip when bathing. As for the rest of the house make sure your loved one has a good pair of slippers with a non slip sole, this will help in any area of the house with tile floors.
  6. Get clothing fitted correctly: You may think that your loved one’s home is all that needs fall-proofing, but pants and skirts that are too long also pose a serious tripping hazard. Regularly check the soles of your loved one’s shoes for wear that can reduce their grip. If your loved one likes wearing socks indoors, buy non-slip socks with grips on the bottom.

Safe and secure assisted living at our Morris County senior facility

Lester Senior Living is a beautiful, comfortable and most of all – safe assisted living community serving Morris County, NJ. Our dedicated and compassionate staff help our residents through their daily living activities, while our safety measures on-site like 24-hour alert pendants, grab bars and security personnel ensure each resident is secure at all times.

To find out more about our community safety guidelines or assisted living services, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org