parties and holiday celebrations that
include live music. Families and friends
are always welcome.
Volunteers and families make a huge
difference in residents’ lives.
“Volunteers who come in and
host activities provide diversity and
personalization,” Sapergia says. She
encourages family and community
involvement. “It can be a group activity
or one-on-one—reading the newspaper,
playing a game, doing their nails.”
Families can also help by telling staff
which activities their loved one enjoys.
“Sometimes it may be hard for the
resident to communicate or remember,”
says Taylor. Relatives and friends can fill
in gaps and bring in items that would be
therapeutic for their loved ones, such as
photos, videos and memorabilia.
“Social activities give residents a
connection to their past life, allow them
to reminisce and create new positive
memories,” Jakubec says. Successfully
moving to a continuing care home
hinges on positive relationships, old
The social side of care goes far beyond
recreation programming. It includes
every interaction at a care home. ”Every
staff member that has direct contact
with a resident can make small moments
of human connection that matter,”
Taylor says. |a