Find out what's happening at our three New Mexico homes, learn from our Caregiver Tips, and get a glimpse into the rich daily lives of our elders. It's the simple things that make a difference!
Join us for the 5th Annual Ride To Remember event benefitting The Memory Care Alliance, sponsored by Vista Living Care.
The ride starts at Santa Fe Harley Davison.
You can ride with us up North to Taos or meet us back at the final destination, where there will be:
Event fee: $25
Our Senior Director of Social Services and Education, miss Ruth Dennis, spoke on 'The Last Word' podcast about her book "Mindful Dementia Care: Lost and Found in the Alzheimer's Forest". Ruth talks about the inspiration for the book, the writing process, and all about caregiving.
Check it out!
What a lovely Easter we had! Our teams did such a great job of decorating our homes and coming up with creative ways to keep our elders engaged and having fun. Our elders decorated eggs, enjoyed the warm weather outside with a little egg hunt, and even got a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny! It was such an enjoyable day for everyone.
This year our elders celebrated St. Patrick's Day surrounded by lots of green, pots of gold, and rainbows! They all got into the spirit of the holiday by making sure they were wearing something green, enjoying all the holiday themed treats, and even dancing!
All three of our homes had celebrations of love this Valentine's Day. Our elders created heart themed crafts, played love bingo, and had tons of delightful treats like chocolate covered strawberries. You could feel the love and joy radiating off each one of them.
We are so happy to announce our August employees of the month! This month we honor Remedios Pichardo from Hermosa, Yolanda Arrey from Sierra Vista, and Brenda Gonzales from the Arbors. These lovely ladies shined this month and we are so proud to have them on our team!
Our elders celebrated National Sugar Cookie Day by baking and decorating sugar cookies for themselves and to share with our care partners and staff. They had so much fun working with their hands and their creativity shined as they put their own personal touch on their cookies. Check out their smiles in these photos!
We are excited to announce our July employees of the month! This month we celebrate Dolores Avalos from Hermosa and Jose Iturralde from Sierra Vista for their exceptional work and dedication to our elders. We appreciate you both and are proud to have you as part of our team!
Jose is a thoughtful, patient, and wonderful to be around! He keeps our home looking amazing each and every day. Jose enjoys going to church with family, going to the gym, exercising and playing baseball. We are very lucky to have him with us as part of our team.
Dolores is a beautiful person inside and out who genuinely cares for our elders and staff. She constantly shines with her creativity, organizational skills, and strives to become a better manager and role model. We are proud to call her part of our team at Hermosa.
Our very own Ruth Dennis, our Senior Director of Social Services and Education here at Vista Living Care participated in an interview in #StayHomeInstead Chats, a recurring interview show hosted by Home Instead Senior Care (Santa Fe).
In her interview, Ruth talks about how art and other creative forms can be an outlet for those living with dementia and their caregivers and references her recent video, 'Art Saves Lives'. Ruth does hosts many art therapy sessions with out elders which include pottery, mural painting, crafting, and much more. In the video referenced, 'Art Saves Lives', Ruth discusses how at her latest art therapy session with a group of elders, she was able to guide them through creating a mural and used this process as a way to help them develop new skills that they may not have thought possible before. She also notes that during this time of COVID-19, the elders can feel the loneliness and stress that comes from not being able to visit with their family members and so she wanted the elders to work on this mural together as a sense of community and connection.
Ruth goes on to share a story about how art changed an elder's life which was mentioned in her recent book "Mindful Dementia Care". This particular elder had been a corporate lawyer for her whole life and had always been extremely articulate and sharp, but when she developed dementia she began to have difficulty speaking and expressing herself. Ruth and the other caregivers introduced her to drawing and sketching, and she soon fell in love with drawing as a means to express herself and to tell a story. She even started to tell people that she considered herself an artist. This powerful story illustrates how art can become part of a person's identity and really shape their lives.
Ruth's tips for caregivers at home who would like to bring art into their loved one's life are simple: she says all you need to do is simply get the supplies, like sketch books, a nice set of sketching pencils, water colors, etc. and make them accessible in your home. Give your loved one the opportunity to explore these art tools and create from them.
Ruth closes her interview by sharing her description of 'perfect moments' in time that sometimes just happen, but are priceless. She describes how at Sierra Vista a few years ago, they experienced one of these moments when on a cloudy afternoon it had just began to snow and the scent of fresh baked cookies was filling the home as the elders gathered around to draw and listen to music, and the moment just felt perfect. She talks about how at the three homes, they really try to get these 'perfect moments' to happen organically as much as they can for their elders and their families.
Our very own Ruth Dennis, Senior Director of Social Services and Education, shares a touching video surrounding the quote "Art Saves Lives". Ruth talks about how this quote has shifted from just a saying, to reality especially in these times of pandemic. She has seen art heal, bring comfort, be an escape, and help elders communicate with each other and their loved ones.
She stresses that in these times of uncertainty that are filled with fear, grief and loss, there is another story to tell. A story of positivity, hope, and resilience that is taking place all around us as well. Art, music, laughter, good food, and love are keeping our communities and our elders safe. Art, love, and hard work really do save lives!
Vista Living Care has been always been focused on helping the community, and they continue to help in any way that they can. With the recent pandemic, it has been extremely hard for elders within the community to go grocery shopping and get the essentials that they need. The team discussed ways that they could potentially help and deliver groceries to these elders, and the two Santa Fe homes (Hermosa & Sierra Vista) took the lead. The executive directors of the two homes got in touch with Dora Terrazas who runs the Española Senior Center and she shared a list of 20 homebound elders who could benefit from the groceries. The two homes then reached out to the food distributor Cisco and they were able to provide the food and supplies.
The homes put the grocery bags together with the help of their resident elders. The elders were so proud and excited to know that they were involved in helping others in the community. The grocery bags included essentials like bread, rice, beans, oatmeal, macaroni, hotcereal, and much more. Once the groceries were prepared, they were delivered to the Española Senior Center where Terrazas then delivered them to the elders in the community.
This experience was extremely rewarding and brought joy to the entire family at Vista!
We don’t let COVID-19 keep us from celebrating our Mother’s here at our homes!
At Hermosa our elder’s enjoyed some homemade doughnuts made by our Chef Laura along with other goodies at their Mother’s Day tea party!
Sierra Vista and the Arbors had beautiful flowers, and yummy treats during their celebration to honor all their lovely mothers.
Sierra Vista introduced two new additions to their family! Meet Laverne and Shirley, two female rabbits. Our elders are already so happy to have them around! They bring so much joy and smiles to the home. Our elders have been volunteering to help us take care of them each day.
The Vista Living Care team in Santa Fe partnered with local restaurant, Pecos Trail Cafe, to donate meals to the homeless population of St. Elizabeth's Shelter. A delivery of 40 enchilada dinners were delivered to the shelter!
In an effort to support local business who are struggling during this time, Vista Living Care has decided to continue their quarterly volunteer service by not only donating meals to the community, but by also purchasing the meals from locally owned restaurants who may need the business in these hard times.
It is embedded deep in the roots of Vista Living Care to stay involved in the community and support others as much as possible. One of their favorite ways to show their support is through sharing meals and breaking bread!
In March we celebrated three of our dedicated care partners who make a difference in our homes.
Liliana Jimenez was honored as employee of the month at Sierra Vista in Santa Fe for the month of March. We admire her hard work and dedication to our elders and her constant drive to become a better caregiver and role model. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Dandy Mendez has been nominated for our staff spotlight by her team at Hermosa. Dandy's cheerful and outgoing personality brings happiness and joy to everyone around her. She spends her free time attending classes at Santa Fe Community College where she plans on going to nursing school. We are so proud of her!
Annie Garcia was honored as employee of the month at Sierra Vista for the month of February. She is a wonderful and gracious part of our team with a fun sense of humor and a great work ethic. We admire her patience, loyalty, and compassion for all our elders.
We appreciate these amazing ladies, each and every day!
Here at Vista Living Care, we like to keep our elders engaged and active so that they feel they are part of a family and living as they would be if they were at home. Oftentimes they offer to help us with our daily tasks like sweeping the floor, doing laundry, feeding the animals, and prepping the meals. We love to encourage them to participate in these tasks so they stay active and they thrive from responsibility. We are always touched by the care they take when helping us, and we appreciate it immensely.
Another thing we make a priority are hands-on activities that stimulate their minds and creativity. The elders love making colorful puzzles, painting, gardening, and much more. We try to incorporate these fun group activities a few times a week so we can get everyone together and get their creative juices flowing. Keeping the mind active is especially important for our elders who have alzheimer's and dementia, and so we have a trained and experienced staff who support the elders and work with them daily.
Ms. Claudia de Leon of Sierra Vista was awarded a statewide Best of the Best Direct Caregiver award; sponsored by the New Mexico Health Care Association (NMHCA) and New Mexico Center for Assisted Living (NMCAL). This award coincided with the Association’s annual convention last August. Our hats go off to Claudia for being a dynamic employee! This year more than 100 caregivers were nominated in seven categories. Claudia and the other amazing recipients were honored at a special banquet kicking off the Annual Convention Expo, at Isleta Resort & Casino. She was accompanied by Directors of Sierra Vista Carol Valdez and Yolanda Arrey who played a vital role in Claudia’s nomination. Congratulations Claudia!
Today Sierra Vista Elders and staff got to enjoy root beer float day with the Elders and Hermana’s from the Latter-Day Saints Church group. This group of talented young men and women come every Tuesday and share the gift of music and companionship with Sierra Vista Elders. The joy that friendship, music, and ice cream can bring, is immeasurable!
These three lovely ladies, Carol Valdez from Sierra Vista, Yolanda Rodriguez and Ruth Dennis from Vista Hermosa, just attended a workshop on fall prevention, We always make sure that safety is a priority at all three of our homes, and are constantly having our awesome staff stay current on the best practices. To see more of what these ladies learned about in their workshop, click on the photo above!
Join us at our monthly Alzheimer's Learning Circle where you will find support and education for individuals who have loved ones with memory issues or other dementias. Our facilitators are experienced, compassionate and are certified dementia practitioners. The learning circle is open to the public and welcomes everyone.
Please join us monthly at:
At our three homes we love to get everyone involved when preparing meals. Our Elders enjoy having responsibility and being part of the process of planning and prepping our home cooked meals. Our Elders, caregivers, and even our Executive Directors get involved in putting love and care into the food that they serve. The open feel of the kitchen is welcoming and inviting, and gives everyone a sense of being at home in their own kitchen. The delicious smells of food fill the air each day and it truly feels like a loving home.
Wow, 20 years already! Vista Living Care just celebrated twenty years of providing excellent, loving care for their elders.
The staff, elders, children of caregivers, friends, and family came together to celebrate the release of Mindful Dementia Care, a book written by our very own Ruth Dennis. The party was held in the beautiful outdoor area of Vista Hermosa, one of our two homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We had many special guests in attendance including Luke Nachtrab, the owner of Vista Living Care, and his sweet family. Luke's two daughters can be seen in the photos dancing with some of our elders, and his son hitting a pinata. In addition to comments on their 20 year history and Mindful Dementia Care, Luke thanked the care partners for their loving work sharing that "you are the heartbeat of the company". Also, Martha performed her very special award winning song "Fade Away", written about her mother-in-law Sylvia who lives in our Sierra Vista home.
The party was filled with love, laughter, live music, and even a pinata filled with candy!
Everyone enjoyed homemade appetizers that were prepared and planned by our lovely caregivers, staff, and Executive Directors.
Ruth Dennis read a moving passage from her book. To get your own copy of Mindful Dementia Care, click the button below.
Vista Hermosa & Sierra Vista aren't only homes to our elders, but also home to many unique pets! Along with our turtles, chickens, and birds, we are also home to a few rambunctious goats and a very sweet dog. These pets bring lots of joy and excitement to each home and give the elders a sense of responsibility as they care for the pets each day.
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