Each September, Leisure Living communities celebrate National Assisted Living Week – 7 days that recognize the quality of life, standard of care and daily interactions that bring joy to the lives of our residents and those who care for them.
This year’s theme was “Capture the Moment,” an idea that generated an opportunity for residents to look back at the great times of their life, observe the present and look toward their future. Leisure Living communities, residents, staff and families marked the week of Sept. 9-15 with photo booths, themed meals and parties, fun activities and more.
“We always say we are ‘Sharing Life’s Journey with Seniors,’ and that is why we were honored to be a part of National Assisted Living Week and show our residents that we appreciate them,” said Colin Kraay, Leisure Living’s chief operating officer. “It was a chance to have fun and capture more moments that our residents will always remember.”
Here’s a sampling of what happened at various communities.
Heritage Hill Assisted Living in Caro:
The week was full of activities, including a coffee and cake social on Grandparents Day on Sunday, a scavenger hunt and a casino night. A staff member brought in a real slot machine and there were card tables for residents to play games at, said Katie Creason, the community’s administrator.
“We had a lot of fun with this,” Katie remarked. “The residents even asked that we leave the tables up so they good continue to play after dinner. Vegas was a hit!!!”
Devonshire Retirement Village in Lapeer:
Staff at Devonshire leveraged the start of the NFL season by asking their co-workers and residents to wear the shirt or jersey of their favorite team and enjoy treats from “concession stands” on opening day of the professional season. It was so much fun to share in memories and rivalries! They also celebrated Grandparents Day, dressed and decorated for a Western-theme, celebrated their favorite Disney movies and gave residents an opportunity to flatter staff members with a “shoutout” board of what they appreciate above being residents of Leisure Living. The team at Devonshire captured pictures of the daily events.
Grand Village in Grandville:
One of Leisure Living’s newest communities – having opened earlier in 2018 – held a pizza party on Tuesday, a scavenger hunt Wednesday and Thursday came up with an idea that is sure to be replicated at other neighborhoods – they recruited local chiropractors to provide free massages for staff. On Friday, everyone enjoyed an ice cream social.
Grandhaven Assisted Living in Lansing:
Shaved ice during a hot August week? “Thanks, Leisure Living”, said residents of Grandhaven Living Center after enjoying the treat during a Friday afternoon luau party. There were also luau-themed games, appetizers and a photo booth. It topped off a week that included a band playing oldies hits, a tea party and a day of reminiscing over residents’ favorite photos. The community will create a photo book of the week’s events to continue capturing the moments!
Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living in Lakeview:
Lakeview remembered the 9/11 tragedy by welcoming local firefighters and police officers for a breakfast to honor their service to the community. Throughout the week, residents assembled memory books, sharing them with each other on Friday. There was also a heated Jeopardy showdown between residents and staff members. We won’t embarrass the losing team, but it’s fair to say the staff didn’t fare well.
Meadow Lane Assisted Living in Bad Axe:
Each day of the week had a theme that encouraged residents and staff to dress up in addition to participating in the games and activities that went along with the idea. Among the moments captured were a sports day and a Wizard of Oz day. There were also challenges that had residents and staff working together to find a solution.
Springvale Assisted Living in Swartz Creek:
For this year’s theme of Capture the Moment, residents at Springvale made a yearbook with a picture of each resident and a favorite quote, joke, or little bio to describe themselves. Residents will be able to write things about each other and sign the yearbook. At the end of the week, the community showcased what they made together.
Stonegate Village Assisted Living in Sandusky:
It was spirit week at Stonegate Village with residents and staff participating in daily themes. Participation in the event earned them a ticket to a “Capture the Moment” photo booth and the picture was used as an entry to win a grand prize. Relatives were encouraged to take part and their entry was valid for the community member. Each day also featured a themed snack bar and a “wow” meal.
Looking forward, staff members and residents said they can’t wait to see what they can dream up next year for the special week. They agreed that while National Assisted Living week is a great time to celebrate, the family atmosphere at each Leisure Living community is an experience to remember and enjoy every day!