When you choose any of the Vineyard Senior Living communities as your new home, you’re not just picking out an apartment. Our spaces are designed to be all-inclusive experiences with enrichment-based amenities, personalized care, social connections, vibrant lifestyle options, and a wide range of indoor activities for seniors to enjoy filling their time.
Our team at Vineyard works to intentionally center all programs and services around our core value of T.H.R.I.V.E. (thoughtful, healthful, recreational, intellectual, vital, and environmental). The T.H.R.I.V.E model informs everything we offer to our residents, no matter the location. In fact, you can see it in the day-to-day details when living in one of our communities:
The founding mantra of Vineyard for all staff and residents is, “work hard, have fun, help others.” The third component of this mantra is a unique way for our residents to thoughtfully contribute toward a positive mission and feel rooted in their community.
For this reason, we have created the Vineyard Gives program, allowing residents to interact with other people outside our facility and make a difference from their own backyard. Volunteering is ideal for senior adults because it can create a sense of purpose, lead to the discovery of new passions, and enhance one’s overall mood.
We also promote thoughtful initiatives through group mindfulness practices, such as meditation or breathing exercises. These restorative, low-stress indoor activities for seniors help residents focus on being fully present and connect with a sense of calm, peace, and gratitude.
Healthful meals are a central part of residential life, with the option to gather communally with friends or family at our onsite restaurant or order concierge-style room service. We curate our globally inspired, nutrient-rich menus with fresh, healthful, in-season ingredients from local farms or markets.
We also offer a number of on-premises exercise classes and programs to help our residents embrace a mobile, active lifestyle. For some senior adults, fitness means using a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. For others, it means a gentler and lower impact exercise such as chair volleyball—but the emphasis is always on health and fun.
We focus on providing a variety of aerobic exercises, such as walking, dancing or swimming; strength exercises, such as workouts that use resistance bands or weights; and balance exercises, such as yoga or tai chi. All of these indoor activities for seniors help to increase body awareness, range of motion, and longevity.
Our intention is to enrich the well-being of our residents, but we want them to enjoy living here at Vineyard, too. To this end, we also offer recreational indoor activities for seniors that encourage them to smile, relax, socialize, and feel entertained.
For instance, at our Vineyard Henderson location in Nevada, we recently planned an onsite Oktoberfest celebration, complete with authentic Bavarian dancers. Meanwhile, our Vineyard Bluffton location in South Carolina hosted a live ukulele concert with a group of local musicians.
In addition to these special occasions, we also make recreational time accessible on a daily basis. Residents can watch a film in our on-premises movie theater, visit the art studio or interactive kitchen, relax with a treatment in our RENEW salon and spa, or enjoy numerous other forms of amusements with their friends in the Activities Room.
Since each of our Vineyard communities specialize in memory care, intellectual enrichment is also at the core of each activity offered. Programs that stimulate the mind help our residents maintain their own independence, so we create a number of daily opportunities to challenge their brains and learn new skills.
For example, our music movement and art therapy classes enable residents—specifically those with Alzheimer’s or dementia—to tap into mental creativity, which boosts cognitive function. In fact, research finds that coloring books improve focus, attention to detail, stress management, and fine motor skills. This simple act of concentrating on shapes, colors and images will encourage the brain to stay activated.
Our residents also love learning hobbies and skills to further their personal growth and intellectual capacity. The sense of achievement keeps them mentally agile and can become tools to reclaim self-expression, even as the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s reduce verbal communication.
We also want our residents to be in touch with their own spiritual and emotional balance, and emphasize the need for self-care routines and pursuits.
Some residents might define self-care as a manicure in our RENEW spa with essential oils and aromatherapy, while others might rather channel their inner spirituality with a restorative yoga session. Still others might choose to unwind or re-center with a low pressure, solitary pastime, such as reading a book or doing a puzzle in the quiet onsite library.
We aim to provide amenities that help our residents feel calm, at ease and emotionally regulated. This stage of life does not have to be stressful—and we are committed to making the experience as smooth as possible, so residents can hold onto their personal vitality.
The last (but by no means, least) component of a day in the life at Vineyard involves connecting with the natural environment. Our residents love to dig their hands in the earth and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature with activities, like the gardening club or flower arrangement class at our Vineyard Henderson location.
Gardening, in particular, is an excellent hobby because it promotes both mental and physical health, while creating a sense of purpose and satisfaction in caring for the planet. The interactive, hands-on work that’s required to maintain a garden can also soothe restless, agitated behaviors in those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
For our residents who cannot easily walk outside or crouch in a garden, we are thrilled to bring nature to them. Our flower arrangement class is one of many indoor activities for seniors, which exposes them to the natural environment in an accessible way. As a bonus, class participants can decorate their rooms with personalized flower arrangements to give the space a unique, beautiful, personalized touch of home.
Life at Vineyard Could Be Just What Your Loved One Needs
If you’re seeking out a residential care facility for yourself, an older parent or a loved one, look no further than Vineyard Senior Living communities. We exist to help our residents T.H.R.I.V.E. in all areas of this new phase of life. Tour any of our four locations across the U.S. to see for yourself what a day in the life at Vineyard entails. You just might discover a new and exciting adventure ahead!