Poet’s Walk had a great time celebrating National Assisted Living Week (NALW). The week’s theme, Family is Forever, was inspired by a quote from the poet Maya Angelou:
“Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”
There were week-long activities created for each community that encompassed all that family means to everyone. Below is a snippet of each community’s events.
Poet’s Walk Fredericksburg:
On Tuesday, September 12, the Capital Caring Crew, made up of children and adult volunteers, brought a fun craft to the seniors at Poet’s Walk Fredericksburg in honor of National Assisted Living Week. On Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. they brought enough yarn for everyone to make a yarn octopus.
Poet’s Walk Round Rock:
On September 13th, senior residents and their families enjoyed a family reunion in honor of National Assisted Living Week and this year’s theme, Family is Forever. Everyone played fun picnic games including a bean bag toss, ring toss and horse shoes with prizes like sunglasses, candy, picture frames and more. There was also a wheelchair race and balloon volleyball where the winners won a medal. When the games were over, everyone feasted on all of the iconic picnic food and drink like hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, fresh fruit salad, ice cream cones, soft drinks and more.
Poet’s Walk San Antonio:
On September 14, an extra-large canvas was covered with approximately 50 hand prints of the senior residents and staff at Poet’s Walk San Antonio. In celebration of National Assisted Living Week and the 2017 theme, Family is Forever, the hand prints were the leaves and a trunk to the tree was painted as well. Everyone then wrote in their names and the names of their immediate family. Because family is perceived as well as born into, everyone contributed to one family tree to signify the family that lives at Poet’s Walk. When the family tree was finished, it was hung in “Main Street”, Poet’s Walk’s common area.
Poet’s Walk Henderson:
Cupcakes always brought back memories of childhood from birthday parties to baking with mom and making a delicious mess. The seniors at Poet’s Walk Henderson went back to these times when they iced their own cupcakes during Cupcake Creations in celebration of National Assisted Living Week on September 16th. They iced each cupcake and choose between sprinkles, colored sugar and whipped cream for their masterpieces. Once their masterpieces are done, the cupcakes went into the refrigerator to allow them to firm before serving them as a fun snack later in the day.
Poet’s Walk Cedar Park:
On September 16, the senior residents at Poet’s Walk Cedar Park buried a time capsule in their “backyard” in honor of National Assisted Living Week. Everyone created the items included in the time capsule from tracing their hands in their favorite color to writing a positive affirmation on a wood stick and rubbing it with fresh, home grown lavender. They gathered around a giant, 200-year-old tree, affectionately named the Tree of Life. As they created their memory items, they enjoyed some grilled pineapple and other vegetables. After they finished their time capsules, they watched a wood carving demonstration where the residents decided what was created. Finally, everyone participated in a drumming circle where people chose their drum of choice from “anything that makes noise”.
About National Assisted Living Week:
NALW kicks off on Sunday, September 10, 2017 with Grandparents Day. If continues through Saturday, September 16, 2017. This year’s theme, Family is Forever, was inspired by a Maya Angelou quote: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” NALW was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinct aspect of long term care.
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All Spring Hills Senior Communities’, Home Care Services, Assisted Living Communities and Poet’s Walk Memory Care Communities offer a distinctive and innovative approach to home care services, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care. Signature Touches is the company’s holistic approach to offering individualized care and services that are designed to meet the needs and preferences of residents and clients. Personal choice is top priority in one of the company’s eight Spring Hills assisted living communities or in client’s homes with Spring Hills home care services located in NJ, VA, OH, FL and NV or in one of the company’s Poet’s Walk memory care communities located in VA and TX as well as soon-to-be NV, CO, FL, and IN. For more information about their Caring with a Commitment to Quality dedication to senior living, visit www.spring-hills.com or www.poetswalk-springhills.com.