Assisted Living With an Emphasis on Living!

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Sep 14, 2011


Florida - Southwest

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Cypress Coves assisted living community, The Inn, offers its residents a lifestyle that allows them to pursue opportunities for learning and growth as well as entertainment and fulfillment, all while receiving the services they need or want.
Some people may think of assisted living as being an old time nursing home. Not here! At The Inn, we are all about quality of life. We are proud to say that Cypress Cove was the very first community in the State of Florida, and only the sixth in all of North America, to achieve Person Centered Care Accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. This recognizes our commitment to each individual whom we serve, to allow our residents in every level of care to retain as much control over their lives and their choices as possible. The choices to enhance life at the Inn are numerous. It all starts with our wellness lifestyle offering, Inn Charge! The philosophy of this wellness initiative is that residents will be healthier if they select a balance of activities that challenge a variety of disciplines: Social, Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Vocational, and Brain Fitness. Special offerings such as the Conductorcise Program, introduced to the residents by its creator Maestro David Dworkin, enhance all of these disciplines as the residents conduct classical music together, while learning about the various pieces of music, the history of their composition, and interesting trivia about each selection. This unusual exercise challenges all six of the disciplines and is not only a valuable wellness tool but provides so much fun that the residents sometimes forget its also good for them!
Classes in Skype, digital camera use, computer skills, and cell phone technology keep our residents on the cutting edge of technology, often surprising their grandchildren with their expertise. We are assisted in this effort by groups of students from area high schools and colleges. Many residents refer to our young visitors as a breath of fresh air and the students likewise glean pearls of wisdom from their new friends and mentors. Both populations grow richer by sharing intergenerational events and activities.
A younger group of children from a nearby daycare center looks forward to monthly visits with their adopted grandparents. All the holidays become brighter when shared with children, many of whom do not have their own grandparents living nearby.
Every month, the calendar is jam packed with choices! Residents enjoy such activities as live music programs, current events discussions, bingo, pet visits, Wii tournaments, brain fitness exercises, dance therapy, pet visits, movies, crafts, seminars, chair volleyball, worship services, games, and gathering with friends in the courtyard. Outings include going out for lunch, to the dinner theater, picnics in the park, for boat rides, shopping, and just taking a ride on the bus in order to stay in touch with how the greater community is changing and growing around us.
Three times a day the family of residents at The Inn gathers to enjoy three very important parts of daily life breakfast, lunch, and dinner! We are fortunate that our director of dining services comes from a resort background. Forget institutional dining, and board our cruise ship that doesn't move. The quality of the meals, as well as the choices available, provide a pleasant and inviting setting to visit with your neighbors and make plans for an evening bridge game, or a walk in the courtyard.
The professional staff at The Inn stands ready to assist you with your activities of daily living as needed eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, bathroom assistance, transferring, and medication administration. The Inn has an Extended Congregate Care License that allows for additional nursing services not available in a standard assisted living community. This license affords peace of mind, as residents do not have to worry about making a move to another facility if they need some additional assistance temporarily or permanently.
Is it becoming tedious to do your laundry, or complete the chores to keep your home clean? The Inn has a professional housekeeping staff to take care of those things for you. Did a light bulb burn out? Cant get your answering machine to work? Our friendly maintenance team stands ready to help you.
Residence at The Inn does not require payment of an entry fee; our doors are open to welcome our friends in the greater community to join us in this relaxing, worry-free lifestyle. We firmly believe in the old saying No one can go back and change the past, but anyone can start today and make a new life.
We at The Inn rise to the challenge of giving our residents something to look forward to every day! We are proud of Cypress Cove, a neighborhood of friendly people, fresh ideas, and new possibilities!

Editors Note: Submitted by Sharon Giebels, Director of Assisted Living and Wellness at Cypress Cove. She is a Certified Aging Services Professional and a Certified Alzheimer's Trainer. with a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration.

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