This week (January 21st-27th) is 2018 National Activity Professionals Week, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate the amazing, irreplaceable individuals that add an immeasurable amount of fun, excitement, vitality, and LIFE to our Schonberg communities- our beloved Activities Directors!
This year’s theme is “People, Purpose, & Passion,” which could not be more appropriate for the individuals that this week honors. We treasure the Activities Directors at each of our communities because of their commitment to enriching the daily lives of the PEOPLE they serve, their devotion to carefully planning activities and outings that add PURPOSE and value to each and every resident’s day, and their PASSION for giving the gift of new experiences that engage and excite our residents and cultivate both lifelong and new passions, hobbies, and interests at every age and stage.
Providing exceptional care is a vital part of what makes a community a cut above the rest- but providing an exceptional EXPERIENCE for our residents is what we feel makes Schonberg communities the difference between a place to live and a place you can truly call home – a distinction we would never be able to claim without the Activities Directors who enrich, enliven, and engage our residents and make every day at our communities one worth celebrating. “Our residents just light up anytime they’re interacting with our Activities Director Kathy,” says Nancy McAllister, Executive Director at Schonberg community Bay Cove Assisted Living in Biloxi, MS. “She truly has that something special that spreads joym happiness, and laughter everywhere she goes, and she is such an invaluable asset to our team.”
Each resident we serve is a unique individual with their own set of hobbies and preferences, likes and dislikes. Entertaining and engaging the interests of such a diverse group of people every day can be a challenging and complex process, but our Activities Directors make it look easy. On any given week, our Activities Directors organize everything from a trip to the casino for our cardsharks, to a Bunco group competition with another community, to a painting class led by an art professional for our artsy residents, to getting a Gardening Club started for the new resident with a green thumb, topped of with planning a Happy Hour complete with hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Whew- we’re exhausted just talking about it!
We often call our Activities Directors superheroes, and their superpower is boosting joy, happiness, and wellbeing through their special brand of compassion, creativity, and dedication to enhancing the lives of those they serve. They give our residents the gift of a life well lived every day- we hope you will let them know how much that gift means to you and your loved ones when you see them this week!