The Importance of Activities and Amenities
- August 23, 2019
What does Assisted Living and Memory Care in Kansas City have to offer residents? Having a safe and secure environment with meals, housekeeping and medication administration is just the beginning of requirements for a vibrant lifestyle for Seniors. When all of the daily needs are cared for, it is time for fun and activities! Having a stimulating daily life is critical.
Body, mind, and spirit are all important
It is essential that all aspects of life be nurtured and encouraged in senior living.
A key to having a successful activities program is to make sure that a variety of options are available.
Ideally, new residents and their families would be interviewed during the first few days to inquire about favorite pastime activities.
While some might enjoy card games, others may prefer movies or sporting events.
The Pew Research Institute reports that over two-thirds of adults over 65 are using the internet and have smartphones. Video games are a growing method of improving memory and multitasking skills.
Exercise and outings are key to healthy living
Having transportation for outings is important.
Many Elders enjoy shopping or going to the market. Fishing excursions and trips to the local T-Bones baseball games in Kansas City are enjoyed along with trips to the local casino.
Daily exercise classes allow residents to join in as many days as fits their schedule.
Getting outside on a beautiful day for a walk around the neighborhood is invigorating and those that have trouble walking can be assisted in a wheelchair for an outing and get the benefits of fresh air.
Socialization and interaction with others is key to a healthy mind
The most important activity of all is meaningful relationships and stimulating conversation.
Having coffee with friends or sharing mealtime is critical to good health.
Isolation is deadly for so many reasons but there is a huge benefit from living in a community of contemporaries. Forming meaningful relationships is good medicine. Men’s coffee klatch and women’s card groups allow Seniors to continue their lifetime routines.
Making sure spiritual needs are met is significant
Many families continue to take their loved one to their regular church for weekly services. Holidays and special events are a wonderful time for families to get together. Community rooms can be reserved for parties of all types.
Since going to weekly services may become difficult, it is imperative that spiritual services and council are readily available in the assisted living community.
Nondenominational services and weekly Catholic communion and Mass onsite are very important. In addition, bible studies and book clubs fill the need for spiritual life.
At The Piper, there is a wide variety of activities and events for residents under the direction of Kim our activities director. We invite you to come for a tour and visit with Kim about your loved one’s favorite pastimes.