In the Assisted Living Setting, we want to create an environment where our residents can experience special moments that can bring joy to his/her life, while creating new and lasting memories. Building relationships with each of our residents and encouraging friendships is an important step when trying to foster a sense of family within our Communities. It is the job of each individual in our Community to create a “home-like” environment where bonds can be made, friendships can grow and moments can be shared and remembered. This is the basis for Homemade Happiness, NCAL’s theme for National Assisted Living Week for 2013.
With concentrated efforts and a relationship-first attitude, your Assisted Living Community can have the feel of a family, and can be warm and welcoming like a home. It is the job of everyone in the Community to be friendly, cheerful and welcoming to each individual that live within the four walls of your residence. Plan events that promote friendships, invite family members to attend outings or meals, encourage reminiscing amongst your residents to build friendship or join him/her for dinner to eat and have a pleasant conversation.
Think back to the most memorable moments of your life. More than likely, you did not experience these moments by yourself. You were probably sharing these life experiences with family or close friends. Whether it was your family vacation to the Grand Canyon, or a road trip with your best friends during summer break your freshman year in college; sharing time with the people we love creates unforgettable memories that we cherish throughout our lives. With this idea of Homemade Happiness, you can make Saturday’s Bingo game, this year’s Christmas party or next week’s dessert social a more meaningful and memorable event.