In this second installment of our 5-part series viewing life during COVID-19 through the eyes of people it affects in senior living, we turn to the perspective of one of our beloved caregivers, Mary Ahlberg. Mary is the kind of person that when you meet her, you know she is special. As a former Montessori teacher for children 9 months to 4 years of age, she has the keen ability to intuitively hone in on people’s needs. This particular skillset has served her very well as a caregiver focused on life enrichment at our Issaquah Memory Care community. With a zeal for trying new things, Mary engages dynamically and openly with everyone she meets.
Senior Living, Memory Care, Caregiving, Social Wellness
At Fieldstone, we believe that to care for residents well, it is important to be willing to see life from their perspective. In the first of a regular series, we begin with looking at life in one of our communities during COVID-19 from A Resident’s Perspective.
Many of us who celebrate Mother’s Day are wondering how this year’s holiday will unfold. Foregoing the usual family get-togethers or outings can leave us feeling at a loss of what to do. Here are some simple, classic ideas with a social distance twist:
Health, Aging, Senior Living, Caregiving
When it comes to considering a move to a senior living setting, most families want to know that their loved ones are receiving exceptional care for their particular needs. Ensuring your peace of mind is a critical factor to a successful community-resident-family relationship. Teepa Snow, world-renowned educator and trainer of the Positive Approach to Care, asks “Can we experience the person as an amazing gem of great value, and give them the right setting and the right care so they can shine?” Exceptional care embraces this approach and incorporates it into all levels of resident care, staff training and business practices.
Senior Living, Activities, Social Wellness
In order to ensure the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones, social distancing has taken precedence over our usual visits, events and activities. You might be asking yourself what you can do during this challenging time to stay connected to your loved ones. It’s important to follow social distancing instructions to maintain a safe and healthy environment for you and your senior family member, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose touch.
This month we are pleased to introduce our dear friend Sara Lasater, straight from the heart of Texas. Sara is a dyed-in-the-wool, genuine Texan, born in Commerce, Texas, in 1940. Her father worked on the railroad as both a conductor and the official timekeeper for the train system. Later, he and Sara’s mother owned and operated a jewelry store in Commerce. The family was active in the community, and both her parents were members of local Masonic organizations. In keeping with Texan tradition, Sara grew up on horseback with a love for all animals, especially dogs.
The building is now officially open for tours! We already have Priority Reservations for 20 apartments, so visit soon to ensure that you’re able to choose the apartment of your loved one’s liking. Call Ashanda Haley at (360) 244-4180 and book your tour today!
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and all our senior living communities are humming with things sweet and sentimental related to Valentine’s Day. From Valentine’s Day crafts to cupcake parties and dances, we’re celebrating in all kinds of ways, far and wide. Our life enrichment teams in both memory care and assisted living have dreamt up fun, creative ways for everyone to be together and enjoy this month, and our dining directors have special meals and sweets cooking up in the kitchen.
We’re pleased to introduce you to Dean Peterson. He is 84 years old and has lived at Fieldstone Grandridge for three years.