Home is where the heart is; and to some Richland County residents, that home is in an assisted living community.
With respect for the care and commitment of the staff of Dayspring Assisted Living Center, the residents and their families marked "Home Happiness" September 8-14 in observance of National Assisted Living Week.
“This year's theme celebrates the bond created by staff, residents and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes for our residents,”said Bill Cunning, Executive Director for Dayspring Assisted Living Center. “This weeklong celebration demonstrates the commitment assisted living professionals feel when providing care and services to residents in their communities.”
Dayspring Assisted Living Center located at 3220 Olivesburg Road in Mansfield celebrated the week themed “Homemade Happiness” with activities and outings the residents could enjoy with their families and each other.
Amanda Stuart, Adult Daycare Coordinator at Dayspring said that the goal for participating was to celebrate their residents. “This is their home, we want them to get out, be active and socialize as a group enjoying each other and the community,”said Stuart.
Some of the week's activities for the Dayspring residents included; a fishing trip to Seltzer Park in Shelby, a community outing to Crestview High School for a Senior Lunch, and an in-house bake-off on Wednesday. On Thursday the residents went to the Bellville Street Fair and on Friday they had an All-American Cookout.
Stuart stated that the residents attend the fair just about every year but they had a particularly good time this year.”They [residents] thanked us about six or seven times for taking them. They really enjoyed themselves,” said Stuart. “They ate fair food, saw the animals, went through the merchants tent and enjoyed entertainment by the Buckeye Cloggers.
Resident Terry Goffe shared her enthusiasm towards the weeks activities stating,”It was all really enjoyable, we had a great time at the fair.” “I believe we [residents] ate a little too much.”
Volunteer Sue Stahl of Bellville says she enjoys the residents and the setting at Dayspring noting that the staff are very kind and the home-like feel of the center was that much more enhanced by the week's activities. Though she [Stahl] didn't catch any fish, the trip to Seltzer Park was among one of her favorites. The resident bake-off was special for Stahl as she shared her mother's recipe for Chocolate Pie. Stahl's mother Loretta Stahl was a resident at Dayspring and recently passed-away.
Being a particular favorite activity of several residents, Stuart said the bake-off may become a regular activity for the residents and staff once or twice a month. The request from several residents was to share the treats during tea time, a regularly scheduled event.
The week's activities, according to Stuart, has inspired the residents to pursue activities that encourage creating a home-like appeal to the center. Ed Connel, President of Resident Council suggested “Building Pride Day”. The residents would pick a building to do light cleaning and sprucing up, an activity Stuart believes would bring residents together.
Resident Marlene Mount said it was a fun week and she enjoyed the outings and indoor activities equally well. Smelly Jelly, a homemade air freshener the residents learned to make was a favorite of hers. “I made one with crushed flowers, it's so pretty and smells really nice,”said Mount.
Stuart sees the center continuing the annual observance in the future. The bonds and memories the residents and staff created helped polpulate the center with smiles and laughter.