Starting anew is never easy, but especially for those who have lived a certain way for decades, and can no longer. Contrary to popular belief, the transition to an end-of-life facility, such as Assisted Living, is not an ending; for some, it’s more of a beginning. We strive to provide a fun and comfortable life for our residents, which is why we hire staff whose job it is to make their days brighter. Below are a few activities that the residents practice to stay active.
The start of a new month is always an exciting time for our facility. Why? Because that is when the White Birch newsletter is published; included in the newsletter is the activities calendar for the month ahead, which is the part that residents look forward to the most. They love to learn where the bus will be taking them on their monthly outings, what days bingo will be held, who will be singing in our main dining hall, and when the first bean bag will be tossed at Corn Hole. It is a very unifying experience to join all of the residents together for these events, and witness the excitement firsthand. The social aspect is so important to some of the residents who would lack the interaction otherwise.
An option included for resident enjoyment for many facilities is the option to sit outside. One feature that just so happens to set White Birch apart is all of the gardens surrounding the building; the pièce de résistance, however, is the grand garden that sits directly outside of the memory care unit. Everywhere you turn, there is another type of vibrant flower, placed for the resident’s enjoyment. Some of the upkeep is completed by the residents, because a few used to wander out and tend to the flowers outside themselves.
We encourage our residents to continue living as they did before they were transferred to us, and for many, that includes taking strolls outside for exercise or enjoyment. We encourage residents to stay active however they can, because as they say, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!”.
If you’re loved one is proud of keeping their hair or nails just so, they are not alone. Not many residents in senior care facilities keep cars on the premises, but luckily in this case, they don’t need one! Hair salons are a common amenity in senior care facilities, with an in-house beautician working regular hours. Manicures and pedicures are also common services provided to the residents. The comfort of the residents is the most important part of our job, and if that means providing cosmetic services, then so be it.
If you or a loved one is placed in a senior care facility, make sure to take advantage of these perks!