It was just an average morning as I stood in line at the local Dunkin’ Donuts waiting to order my coffee when I noticed a group of friends catching up. There were two younger people in their late 20’s and one older gentleman. I overheard the gentleman updating the group about a loved one who was now living in a Skilled Nursing facility. The collective response from the younger ones was “oh, that is so sad.” Obviously, this response caught my attention and I felt immediately bothered by it.
There are common misconceptions associated with nursing homes. The mainstream media seems to only focus on stories of homes with less than desirable environments offering sub-par care. But not all homes are created equal and while I cannot speak for every Skilled Nursing home, I can speak for Copley. We invest a majority of our energy into making sure the activities, events, outings and meals we provide for our residents are mentally, socially and physically stimulating. Many elderly people living at home lack social engagement, physical activity and proper nutrition because their age and bodies limit how much they can do. For many of our residents, they are actually given the opportunity to do MORE when they enter Copley. Here they are given the support and resources they need to safely and successfully make the most of their life.
In fact, just last week, a group of both staff and residents from Copley spent the entire day at the Massachusetts State House advocating on behalf of all our staff and residents. We had a wonderful day travelling through the halls, visiting our elected officials.
We have regularly scheduled art classes that challenge our residents and outings to local restaurants, casinos, and shops. Our beautifully furnished patio gives our residents a place to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. We regularly host parties and outings for our residents and their families and offer delicious made-to-order meals daily based off of specific nutritional needs. Our goal is to create a sense of community so everyone who enters our building feels like they are our part of our family.
While there are common myths associated with long-term care, the reality is that with a little research, you can find a home that is welcoming, caring, safe, stimulating and one where smiles far outweigh frowns. To my friends at Dunkin Donuts, I invite you to stop by and visit us at Copley and see first we’re far from a sad environment.