When family members contemplate a beloved parent or grandparent moving to an independent living or continuing care retirement community, one of the first questions they ask is: What is it like?
Few people envision the lively activities that seniors at The Esquiline participate in so we thought it might help to present “A Day in the Life” of one of our typical senior independent-living residents, who we will call Margaret.
A Peaceful Morning
Margaret awakens to the sound of birds chirping outside and a sliver of sunlight peeking through her curtains. She gets dressed and pulls her curtains back to get a closer look at the hummingbird at the feeder just outside her window.
She wanders over to her laptop and finds the list of community activities offered today. Yikes! If she doesn’t get going, she’s going to miss coffee hour. She walks down to the Computer Cafe to catch a bite and socialize with her friends.
After breakfast, she attends a chair exercise class in the Fitness Center. She prefers the balance and stretching exercises and other classes over the strengthening exercises on the machines.
After she’s warmed up and feeling good, she spends a few minutes watching the birds in the aviary before returning to her apartment.
Socializing with Neighbors
Instead of her usual habit of preparing her own lunch, today, Margaret decided to join some of her neighbors in the dining room to enjoy fresh fruit, salad and soup. As she listens to her lunchmates update one another about their growing families, she tells them about her grandson’s upcoming graduation from the Air Force Academy.
She’s amazed by how her circle of friends has grown since she moved to The Esquiline. When she boards the van with her neighbor to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden or shop in town, she enjoys having company. Every time she participates in community activities, whether a movie, a musical presentation, a seminar on-campus, or another trip to a nearby attraction, she either makes a new friend or becomes reacquainted with another resident.
A Safe Place to Stay
As she walks back to her apartment, she thinks about attending the Rhythm Band practice next week. When she arrives, she is happy to see housecleaning has come and vacuumed, dusted, and cleaned her apartment.
Glancing at her phone, she sees that she missed a call from her daughter. She knows her daughter may be concerned she missed their regular call, but there’s really nothing to worry about. Each apartment has an emergency response system built in and, as a continuing care retirement community, there are healthcare professionals at The Esquiline if ever she needs assistance.
A Quiet Evening at Home
Her friend, Rita, calls to remind Margaret that they will be playing bridge tomorrow at 6 p.m. She asks Margaret if she will be joining her again this Saturday for the Rosary Devotion at the Lourdes Grotto at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Margaret replies, “Oh, yes.”
Feeling a little tired, Margaret decides to eat dinner at home. After microwaving one of her favorite chicken and wild rice entrees, she settles down on her couch with a good book. It won’t be long before she puts on her pajamas and watches the news before turning in.
The Esquiline is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that offers a continuum of care from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing. To experience the dynamic lifestyle of a typical resident, schedule a tour by calling 618-394-6400 or 800-533-6279 or contacting us online.