For many people, Halloween is an enjoyable holiday with creative costumes, spooky decorations, and tons of candy. It is customary for children to go around their neighborhoods, knock on doors, and ask for a sweet treat, and many adults love indulging the kids in this tradition. Still yet, this unique holiday may present problems or fears for some, including senior adults. Dominion Senior Living turns what could be a fearful time into an exciting day.
As our Sevierville location states on its main page, Dominion is “committed to providing a secure environment that promotes dignity and maintains physical and emotional health and stability through the engagement of meaningful life enrichment programs.” Part of that programming includes a weekly arts and crafts project that residents spend a portion of each day on.
At Sevierville, this week has been notably special. Bonnie Parton, the Life Enrichment Directory, usually plans the project, but the residents took the initiative in choosing their Halloween costumes. Because they wanted to make their own, they gave her their ideas about what they wanted to wear. She then went to local stores to pick up all the necessary materials—everything down to the blood red nail polish.
The Halloween party is scheduled for Friday afternoon, although, as Bonnie points out, “They want to put their costumes on in the morning. They’ve been talking about this all week long.” After lunch on Friday, she’ll help them with their makeup and outfits. Then everyone will party in their costumes, enjoy refreshments, play games, and win prizes.
The atmosphere is rich with excitement and anticipation, not unlike a high school before an elaborate gala. Bonnie is both proud of and pleased with the residents’ participation. “With other parties, I do the work for them and I arrange the entertainment. But this party, I’ve let them do it all. It really is about them and how they made their own costumes.”
No matter what creepy creature is flying or howling outside this Halloween, the residents at Dominion Senior Living of Sevierville will be celebrating in security and peace. You can bet there will be nothing boring about their way of living or partying!