A thriving independent living community offers residents opportunities for growth, learning, health and social engagement. Local or long-distance travel possibilities. Exploration of the arts, science, literature, and history on the community grounds or in area museums, colleges or other higher education institutions. A dedicated space for religious and spiritual activities. Physical fitness options. A place where residents can do meaningful work, or just have fun. These communities embrace a holistic view of wellness.
Maybe such places sound too good to be true. Maybe you think it’s too much to ask of a provider that these offerings be available in independent living. The great thing is, providers don’t have to take all the responsibility for furnishing these opportunities.
In fact, many of the communities with dynamic, successful wellness programs benefit from the active participation of residents. Not only are the residents excited about participating in activities and events, they are also leading the way in getting these programs up and running, assisting with planning, coordinating and scheduling. They are arranging trips to local museums and contacting speakers to give presentations at the community. They are leading Bible studies or church services, and holding mass or presiding over communion. They are teaching art classes. They are forming groups for carpenters and tinkerers. Because of their rich life experiences, they are able to create their own opportunities for continued fulfillment and can live life more fully in independent living.
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