Assisted Living keeps residents engaged

Assisted Living keeps residents engaged

Monday, June 5, 2017

From arts and crafts and history discussions to lakeside picnics and minor league baseball games, The Summit Assisted Living offers a variety of activities to keep residents engaged in life. “That social, creative, intellectual and spiritual connection is important,” Rachel Deddens, who coordinates activities with Mary Beth Seay, said.

They comb through the calendar each month to add events that are fun and unique. They worked with the nutrition staff to serve apple pie for Johnny Appleseed Day and corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.

The activities department serves 40 or so residents, working hard to provide an interesting variety. “If you look at the calendar, we try to put something out there for everyone,” Deddens said.

Residents can participate in a variety of exercises, including volleyball, chair exercises, yoga, Tai Chi and chair dancing. They also take full advantage of a portion of the campus by taking morning and afternoon walks in warm weather. “Exercising the mind and body is so important as we age,” Deddens said.Residents love nature so the staff coordinates nature talks twice a month. “They love maintaining that connection to nature,” she said.

Music groups routinely visit and ministers provide devotions each month. The staff coordinates mind exercises, including Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune games. Residents enjoy coffee and pastries while discussing current events. A manicurist visits each Monday and the hair salon is open on Fridays. The staff plans weekly outings every Tuesday. 

Weekends are filled with board games and groups playing dominos and bridge. Bingo, offered three times a week, is the favorite activity. The activities department solicits feedback during monthly resident council meetings. “If they suggest something, we do our best to make it happen,” Deddens said. “I think we have a very good balance of activities.”