Activities in assisted living - what and why
We've long felt that the term "life enrichment" encompasses the true essence and value of activities provided in senior facilities.
Most of our residents move from their own homes or apartments, where they have become somewhat sedentary and often alone much of the time. Socialization and human interaction are well documented in thousands of studies as critical to maintaining both mental and physical well-being.
The concept of what an "activity" should be has changed over the years at Woodland Heights, as we constantly strive to improve for the benefit of those entrusted to our care.
We have studied and observed the attendance and preferences of our residents and were led to alter our approach to scheduling activities.
We are guided not by what we think they should want to do or what they have always done, but by asking what they want now.
This has created a variety of choices from large musical entertainment to small two- to three-person groups. When we set shopping days, we ask where they would like to go.
Once a schedule is created, it remains fluid and changeable - not the same week after week. Indeed, this takes more time, but it allows us to meet the needs of those residents who want consistency in the programs they enjoy and look forward to, while still providing experiences for those who want new adventures and stimulation or learning opportunities.
Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence
9355 SW McDonald St.
Tigard, OR 97224