This week we had the pleasure of distributing Care Cubes to our residents in celebration of National Assisted Living Week. Each cube provides an individualized approach to caring.
National Assisted Living Week
All Spring Hills and Poet’s Walk communities are in full swing celebrating National Assisted Living Week (NALW). Keeping in mind the week’s theme of Caring is Essential, we have taken a personalized approach to ensuring our residents feel cared for, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All of the associates at our communities have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide exceptional care throughout these trying times. With communities across the country experiencing different restrictions, we are incredibly excited to have seen such unique and creative celebrations thus far.
Behind the Care Cube
With many of our locations across the country still unable to partake in even small group activities, our teams got to work to make this year’s NALW special with a highly individualized approach. We are proud to have rolled out our Care Cubes as our latest Signature Touch.
Focused on providing residents with meaningful comfort items and individual activity supplies catered to their interests and abilities, our teams have been working diligently getting to know each resident and creating even more specially curated cubes. Our goal: “Spread joy, not germs” with our holistic approach to care.
Keeping in mind that residents engage in different ways the cubes were assembled with attention to: Cognitive, creative, cultural, empowerment, exercise, sensory, social and spiritual stimulation. The goal was to create a personalized ‘life/work attraction,’ for each Resident, to be stored securely in their room, stocked with safe supplies to engage in 1:1 and independent activities and projects.
The cubes were officially rolled out on Sunday, September 13th, also known as Grandparents Day and the official start of National Assisted Living Week.
Unpacking the Care Cube
Although the contents of each individual care cube differed, many included: adult coloring books, felt coloring books, puzzle books, scrapbooking supplies, conversation cards, mindfulness cards, indoor gardening supplies, cardstock and other craft supplies, magazines, wooden letters, foam shapes, stickers, stress balls and stretch bands, just to name a few.
Spring Hills Presents the Care Cube
Diving into the process of curating the cubes for each individual resident started in the beginning of August 2020. Since then, the project has become more than just giving residents some activities to do, it has become a way to establish meaningful connections. Associate can now say we “understand what makes you, you” to each resident.
At Poet’s Walk Fredericksburg, the associates decided to present the Care Cubes to each resident during their family drive up visit. The drive-up visits allowed each resident to see their family member from a safe distance and also allowed the families to see their loved one’s reactions when they opened up their special cubes. Many of the families took part in picking out special objects that were placed in the cubes as a surprise and they were all very well received by the residents. Our Fredericksburg community also teamed up with ‘From the Heart’ a local church organization that donated blankets for each resident. “The Care Cube was a great success in engaging the residents, their families and our associates” says Mykal Lee, Director of Engagement at Poet’s Walk Fredericksburg. “Although this year has been quite different, we hope that everyone involved in our community can see how much we care.”
At Spring Hills Hunters Creek, each day of the week pertains to the theme of Caring is Essential. Some include: who we care for, self-care, what you cared about and caring for neighbors. With their individualized approach to the week, the staff has gone above and beyond to make each, and every resident feel cared for. “We have really had to dive in and tune into what makes each of our residents tick” says Libby Hatcher, Director of Resident Engagement at Spring Hills Hunters Creek when discussing the rollout of the Care Cubes. “We are so thrilled that we received some great feedback from our residents and their families. Seeing everyone’s reactions made the day so special” she added.
“This is the just the world in here.” -Sally a recipient of a Care Cube
“It warms my heart you all are doing this.” – Family Member
We are so thrilled by the successful rollout of our care cubes and look forward to continuing to provide our residents and their families with the highest level of individualized care. Now, let’s continue celebrating the rest of National Assisted Living Week!