February 24, 2023
No matter our age, building relationships with others is fundamental in enriching our lives. Research has shown that people who enjoy healthy relationships, live longer and happier lives. Maintaining relationships as we age has numerous health benefits such as increasing our physical and mental health, increasing mental acuity, promoting laughter and more!
At Vitalia Active Adult Community – North Olmsted, I, as the Resident Services Director, play a pivotal role in helping to create opportunities for our residents to build relationships with their peers as well as helping to maintain these relationships through daily events. Oftentimes, aging adults are afraid of senior living settings. They see it as an end to their independence. Most fear being isolated from family and friends. One of the stigmas associated with senior living is, “I’m too young and active to be in senior living.” Therefore, many avoid it as an option all together. Unfortunately, this means they also lose out on the abundant opportunities to create new friendships and memories that this setting provides.
In our community, we have a group of residents who are professionals at welcoming new residents and helping them to feel at home as they settle in. We also ensure that new residents are invited to join all events, based on their preferences. Once our residents take advantage of these events, they often find themselves meeting new people or even connecting with old friends or neighbors. Through our daily events and programs, we often see close friendships form that continue. Residents begin having meals together or even take trips out of the community for shopping and family get-togethers.
It is my goal to help build and foster these relationships and break the stigmas associated with senior living communities. The best way to bond with people is through shared experiences. By offering a variety of programs and events, I hope to have something for everyone to do, regardless of age, ability, social preferences, or interests. We have such a great group of residents; they’re automatically welcoming to new neighbors. As the Resident Services Director, I have the privilege of interacting with our residents throughout the day during our programs. It’s great to have a calendar of events to discuss with our new neighbors while inviting them to be part of the group. When they’re all having fun together, they quickly become friends.
Senior Living is exactly the place for active people! I often liken it to college life; there’s something for everyone. We try to give the residents the tools to make the rest of their lives, the best of their lives. Our communities are social, fun, and active. It’s the perfect place to be treated to chef made meals, friends outside your door, a calendar of fun events, housekeeping services, a driver when you need it, maintenance services on hand, and more. It’s like a vacation resort, and who wouldn’t love that?
VITALIA® North Olmsted in North Olmsted, OH offers 55+ villa homes, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Kingston’s Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right off Lorain Road just minutes from a wide range of shopping and attractions.
September 15, 2023
National Assisted Living Week is a special time when assisted living communities come alive with celebrations that bring residents together. It’s a chance to share stories, make memories, and enjoy events that show the strong bond among residents, caregivers, and families. This year, the theme is Season of Reflection. This week is all about celebrating […]
September 12, 2023
New freshmen starting at North Olmsted High School stepped into a different environment with new faces and surroundings during their recent orientation; however, comfort was found in the form of cookies, candy, and friendly smiles provided by residents of Vitalia North Olmsted. This is the second year the residents have provided the snacks, along with […]