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Staying Involved and Helping Others

January 30, 2019

Life at The Saybrook at Haddam focuses on independence, wellness and involvement.  By involvement, we mean participating in the activities and events we host on a daily basis for plenty of social, educational, creative and physical opportunities.  We also mean residents play an active role in helping others and making our retirement community (and the surrounding greater community) the best it can be.

Many independent residents continue to be active members in their churches, synagogues, local libraries, museums, and other volunteer organizations.  Sometimes they organize collections for non-profit groups at The Saybrook at Haddam to help meet needs within the larger community. These volunteer hours are invaluable and have an estimated $77 billion impact on the country’s overall economy.

Other residents look for ways to help out right here within our community.  Some make regular visits to the Safe Harbor Memory Care neighborhood to spend time with those suffering from memory-related illnesses. They help with craft projects or puzzles, join in sing-a-longs, or share a meal with a friend.  These connections are crucial to supporting a high quality of life for everyone involved.

Residents also help plan recreational and cultural activities and trips to museums, theaters, and concert halls throughout the region. They provide suggestions and input on the types of educational and artistic programs they would like to see at The Saybrook at Haddam.  They help take care of the many indoor and outdoor gardens, and they love to help decorate the community for special events and occasions.

Oftentimes a resident will share something from their home with the community for all to enjoy – another form of contributing to the greater good.  One resident displays her oversized creche in the front lobby at Christmastime.  Another donated her upright piano to the Safe Harbor neighborhood. Another placed a hand-made and fully furnished doll house in the hallway for all to enjoy.  These efforts help make The Saybrook at Haddam feel like home – and make ours a special place to be.

All residents play an equally important role in volunteer efforts– sometimes without even realizing it – by being a friendly audience.  We often have young performers (musicians, singers, dancers) from local schools share their talents by entertaining us.  These events give the young students a chance to perfect their performance skills (perhaps even overcoming some stage fright), while giving the audience a wonderful shared experience.  We also enjoy visits from the Girl Scouts who spend time with us on service projects so they can earn badges and reach goals.  Of course, we also welcome high school and college students who need to earn required volunteer hours to participate in a whole host of projects and activities with us.  Their interaction with residents is inspiring and motivating.

Each of these types of participation (“volunteerism”) is encouraged every day at The Saybrook at Haddam – and for good reason. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, seniors benefit from using their lifetime of skills and experience to meet community needs, and “giving back” helps them stay active and healthy.  We believe this to be true and we support this in every way we possibly can.  Come see how powerful that is!

 

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Helping Seniors Avoid Falls

January 16, 2019

Did you know one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall each year?  Or that emergency rooms across the country treat older adults every 11 seconds because of a fall (with a reported 2.8 million injuries, more than 800,000 hospitalizations, and more than 27,000 deaths)? This information, which comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives plenty of evidence that seniors should take every available precaution to avoid falls.

At The Saybrook at Haddam, we take extra steps to help residents prevent falls.  The most important thing we do is maintain a safe living environment – inside and out.  Inside, we keep hallways and walking areas clean and clear, and regularly check carpeting and flooring for bumps or uneven spots that could cause a fall.  We also provide handrails and plenty of lighting for safe travels throughout the community.  Outside, the maintenance team ensures all pathways are clear of snow and ice during the winter and other natural debris during the rest of the year.  They prune trees, repair walkways, and monitor countless other areas of concern.

Our wellness team works with residents to be sure they understand the side effects of medication, which may include dizziness or other factors that could result in a fall.  The team regularly checks eyesight, hearing and other conditions that could affect balance and cause a fall.  We also bring in mobility experts to check walkers and wheelchairs to be sure they are in proper condition (and not the reason for a potential fall). By being aware of their personal risks, residents become more alert and hopefully more cautious throughout each day.

The recreation and activities team offers exercise classes, fun games, and plenty of other opportunities for residents to build their physical fitness, which goes a long way to preventing falls and avoid injuries.  By being active, residents improve their strength, flexibility and balance and are less likely to trip or slip in their apartments or within the community.  This is particularly important since we realize seniors need extra encouragement to keep moving and to stay fit as they age.  Preventing a fall is one of the best motivators we know!

Of course, the simple choice of living in a retirement community offers the benefit of having plenty of staff available to escort residents or lend a hand for stability if ever needed.  Staff is also on hand to check on residents in their apartments to be sure their surroundings are safe (and to provide immediate medical attention if ever a fall does occur).

For seniors who still live in their own homes or apartments, we suggest looking over the AARP’s “HomeFit” guide for easy and effective ways to create a safe and comfortable home.  These tips offer important steps to take to avoid falls or injuries in the home (and trips to the emergency room).

In all we do at The Saybrook at Haddam, staying safe and helping seniors enjoy a high quality of life are at the top of the list.  This naturally means we avoid falls any way we can – and we hope you do, too.

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