Whether we’re normally a pollyanna or a scrooge, and regardless of our age, the holidays really can bring out the child in all of us. Beginning around Thanksgiving, we see it in the cheerful faces of our residents, even those who are experiencing challenges in daily living.
Everyone’s in the holiday spirit at Country Meadows
Holiday joy is showing up everywhere at our active senior living communities, as our staff has festively adorned our halls, lobbies and dining rooms with lights, wreaths and trees to celebrate the season of goodwill. Residents have caught the spirit, too—decorating their rooms and senior apartments, with their doors bearing Christmas or Hanukkah greetings to passing neighbors and staff.
Our retirement communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland are buzzing with activity, as the season adds elements of excitement you can hear, see and even taste. If you stroll our hallways, you might:
- hear carols being sung at a piano, concerts by visiting musicians or resident singalongs.
- smell the savory aroma of holiday cookies baking in the oven.
- see residents preparing Christmas cards or making holiday ornaments.
Each of our 11 campuses observes the holidays in their own way as well. They take pride in creating their own special programs and traditions based on resident preferences and input. For example, this year at different communities, you could view a staff variety holiday show, live nativity scene, gingerbread house contest, a Hanukkah party and daily activities celebrating the 12 days of Christmas.
Residents also look forward to an assortment of tasty holiday recipes cooked up by our culinary staff for special holiday meals. And those not content to remain in the warmth of indoors can bundle up and step out for a bus tour of area Christmas lights or a shopping trip.
Record response for Holiday Card Art Contest
A record number of 220 residents have enjoyed creating artwork this year for our sixth annual Holiday Card Art Contest. The winning design, by Dorothy Norris of our Frederick, Maryland retirement home, will be featured on the Country Meadows’ 2017 holiday card. Dorothy, who just turned 103, is thrilled to be recognized as this year’s winner. Her design, along with 10 other finalists, can also be seen on a holiday poster displayed at each of our senior communities.
Responding to special emotional needs during the holidays
While we do all we can to celebrate the holidays with our residents, our team of co-workers at each campus pays attention and responds to the needs of those for whom the holidays may be difficult. Memories of past holidays shared with loved ones can lead to feelings of sadness and loneliness, even when surrounded by caring relatives and friends. We try to raise their spirits by involving them in our varied holiday activities, shared with new friends at Country Meadows and visiting family members.
When selecting a retirement home, ask the ones that interest you most about the social activities at their retirement community. We welcome you to visit any of our Pennsylvania retirement homes or our Frederick, MD retirement community. We would be glad to tell you about our retirement lifestyle options: senior independent living, assisted living or personal care, memory support and restorative care. Please contact us to request information or to schedule a visit.