“It’s just a feeling of knowing that you belong,” says Ginny Sims, a resident at Terracina Grand in Naples, Florida. “I felt like I was going to be able to meet people who I would be comfortable with and who I could relate to here.”
“I love him and I don’t want to be lonely,” reflects Linda Walsh-Klein, the wife of memory care day care participant at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Florida. “I think I’m selfish because I know that he’s probably going to do just fine. It’s me who will struggle. I’m going to have to learn how to live without him and that’s the hardest thing, I think.”
“I have been with Marcia for over 30 years, being as close as any two people could be,” said Garry Wright, husband of Marcia, a resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “It’s very difficult to suddenly say I am not going to be with you anymore. I think that anybody who puts their loved one into memory care feels guilt regardless of how nice the community is.”
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.
“She has quality of life because I can see her smile. I can see her laugh.”
In this video, Garry Wright reflects on the decision to transition his wife, Marcia, into Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida.
“I think that her quality of life is better now than when she was living with me.”
“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.”