Senior living communities provide ample opportunities to make a difference and get involved in life enriching activities on a daily basis. Betty Becker, a resident at Terracina Grand, takes us through what a typical day looks like for her.
“It’s a happier relationship now,” says Clare Strohman, describing the changes she’s noticed since her mother moved to a senior living community.
Clare says Ginny Sims has always been known for her smile and sparkle. She said that both are back now since her mom has been living in Terracina Grand. “There is more friendship now, and I felt like we had lost that.”
“My husband has been coming here almost a year and a half now, 3 days a week,” says Linda Walsh-Klein, the wife of an adult day care participant. “I am trying to keep him active socially. I think he needs to be with people that get him.”
“Have the conversation early, when your loved ones can still tell you what they want. When they still have their own opinions about what they’re looking for,” said Wendy Wells, daughter of a Terracina Grand resident.
Spiritual Directors and Chaplains work to nurture and develop the spiritual needs of our residents. It's our goal to provide compassionate care and relevant, life-enriching experiences.
As the 76-million person baby boomer generation crosses the over-65 threshold, many of our aging loved ones may feel alone in the crowd. One of the primary reasons for this is that social contact tends to decrease as one ages for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility. Many may discover themselves searching for renewed purposes.
Hutch Walch, our Director of Spirituality, is excited about the possibilities.
“Spiritual care is huge for all of us, not just our residents,” says Hutch Walch, Director of Spirituality for The Goodman Group. “One of the most important parts of this program is mindfulness. It’s about not worrying about yesterday, and not even thinking about tomorrow, but to just enjoy the day ahead.”
Hutch says the Soaring for Seniors program starts by assessing needs and offering support. “We’re intervening, and we’re connecting residents with programs,” he says. “We’re spending hours with them and we’re reconnecting them with family.”
Many people decide to make the move to a senior living community before they require personal care services. Perhaps day-to-day assistance isn’t needed, but the individual is looking for a safer environment, or simply a community where they no longer have to worry about cooking or housekeeping.
Making the decision for yourself or for a loved one to move into an assisted living community can be a very difficult decision. It can feel additionally overwhelming trying to find the community that is right for you or your loved one’s care needs, preferences, and more.
Most incoming calls to senior living or health care communities come in the form of a crisis. Many people do not want to give up their autonomy or their home, but then find themselves in a situation when they begin needing more help than family or friends can provide.
When someone you love is experiencing memory loss and needs the support of a specialized community, we’re here with Pearls of Life®, our personalized memory care program. Pearls of Life recognizes the value of each individual and helps residents live dignified, well-rounded lives. Residents discover the treasures, or pearls, within.
When you have a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, providing care for them can become a large responsibility. Forty-three million people in the U.S. provide care to those 50 and older (according to AARP). Caregivers are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends. Fifty percent are working full time, yet many work an additional 30 hours a week providing care such as feeding, dressing, grooming, shopping, and housekeeping.