Last week, Dominion Senior Living celebrated National Assisted Living Week. It was a time filled with entertainment, fun, and a chance for family and friends to visit and see what life is like for the residents. Every year since 1995, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) comes up with a great theme to give seniors something extra fun to look forward to. This year’s theme was “The Magic of Music.”
According to the NCAL, “The transformational effect of music continues as individuals age and can provide joy, comfort and in some cases, memories long ago experienced.” This past week, residents got to participate in a variety of activities: making musical instruments, dressing in their favorite 1950s attire, and attending a sock hop.
One day in particular was meaningful for the residents and staff at Dominion. On Wednesday, September 10, Tennessee State Representative Dale Carr stopped by to give a proclamation for National Assisted Living Week. In keeping with this year’s theme, Mr. Carr joined several of the residents in singing a few hymns before he spoke. He then read the proclamation, which praised Dominion for its “extraordinary professionalism” and “outstanding record of high quality care.”
Representative Carr shared how much Dominion Senior Living at Sevierville meant to him personally, seeing as how he has family members who live here. When asked what sets Dominion apart from other senior living centers, he answered that it was “its friendliness, attention to detail, and willingness to conform to basic needs.” He also noted that all its services are supervised and handled onsite.
The proclamation ceremony only lasted a couple of minutes, and Mr. Carr spent most of his time visiting and talking with the residents. He appreciates this year’s theme of music because “it helps with reminiscing and keeps the residents more alert.” The event wrapped up with a resident playing selections on the dining hall piano.
You could consider National Assisted Living Week a success because of the reading of the proclamation, or because of the uniqueness of the sock hop and other events. You might consider it a success because of the smiles on the faces of residents who know they live in an extraordinary and outstanding community. Or maybe this year’s “Magic of Music” week was a success simply because Dominion Senior Living always strives to hit the right note!