You might wonder what daily life in assisted living is all about. If you’re a senior considering the move, you may be worried that you’ll lose autonomy or lack for things to do. If you’re an adult son or daughter, you certainly want Mom or Dad taken care of. What’s it really like?
At Bethesda Senior Living Communities, our philosophy is to put lifestyle first. Just because you need assistance with certain tasks doesn’t mean you’re ready to give up on all that life has to offer. In fact, our residents thrive because they have so much to do—a full calendar of social events, great dining options, new friends, and the chance to explore new hobbies right in their neighborhood. Here are just a few ways our residents enjoy themselves on a day-to-day basis:
1. Exploring New Hobbies
Our assisted living communities offer a truly maintenance-free lifestyle—no lawns to mow, no leaves to rake. We also offer housekeeping services and a variety of dining options. That means our residents have the time to enjoy what they want to do. We work hard to provide a wealth of stimulating activities, from art classes to gardening clubs, that allow our residents to apply their energies toward something new.
Take Frieda, for example. A resident in Bethesda Gardens in Springfield, Missouri, Frieda is part of a small gardening club and looks forward to planting vegetables every year for the summer. In addition to the community garden, she is passionate about her annual shamrock, which continues a family tradition.
“My family is Irish, so I’ve always loved shamrocks,” she explains, saying that she identifies with the plant’s history. “St. Patrick used the shamrock to spread the gospel in Ireland. Its three leaves represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost of the Trinity.”
2. Engaging with the Community
While our assisted living communities are safe and secure, they’re not cut off from the world around us. Our communities are conveniently located with easy access to the happening parts of town—shopping, dining, and cultural activities. We provide scheduled transportation and outings so our residents can get out and enjoy our local things to do.
We also work to bring our local neighbors into our assisted living communities. For example, over the past year, Cambridge Court recently hosted nine University of Nebraska at Kearney social work students for an experiential learning program to meet with the elderly and practice their interpersonal skills.
“This unique program gave students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in their studies, and it gave our residents a chance to make a meaningful contribution to society. Everyone loved the program,” said Cheryl White, Executive Director of Cambridge Court.
3. Enjoying Fellowship with Others
Most importantly, Bethesda’s assisted living communities offer residents the chance to make new friends and enjoy spending time with others. From dining to movie night, and from their fellow residents to our friendly team, our communities are like big happy families.
For evidence, look no further than our two Autumn View Gardens communities in Ellisville and Creve Coeur, Missouri. There, they recently took “active” to a whole new level with their first annual multigenerational kickball game. What started out as a teambuilding exercise for the teams at these two neighboring communities became a fun time where residents, families and friends joined in.
With activities like these, the friendships and connections our residents make help them thrive all year long. Visit one of our communities to learn more.
Posted on Tue, March 6, 2018
by Margaux Sprinkel