It’s been a long year for everyone, but especially for seniors who have missed regular visits from loved ones, socializing with friends and participating in group activities. Fortunately, at one senior living center, things are about to change.
“We are very excited to invite visitors, friends and families back into the community to celebrate the ability to be together again without the inconveniences of COVID-19 restrictions,” said Allison Waters of Harmony Senior Services in Charleston. Harmony Senior Services offers a variety of senior living options, including one- and two-bedroom independent living units, assisted living units and memory care units.
Since the COVID-19 vaccinations have become available, the residents at Harmony Senior Services have had a 96% participation rate. With restrictions lifted, residents and their friends and family members can now enjoy many activities together, including billiards, watching a movie in the theater, making art in the craft rooms or playing a game of cribbage or crazy eights in the card room. There are courtyards to enjoy and a pub where you can toast to getting together.
“At Harmony, we value these moments and truly recognize how special the time you spend with loved ones is,” said Terry Howard, Harmony Senior Services’ CEO. “We understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on residents and families and we are excited to welcome everyone back again.”
Dawn McKinney’s mother is a resident of Harmony Senior Services and said she has flourished since her arrival. "The staff is very caring and there is a family environment,” explains McKinney. “The enrichment activities are fantastic, even through the challenges of the pandemic. Safe, comfortable and caring community."
Regular physical activities and socialization are vital in the health of seniors. Those who retire lose contact with colleagues or experience the deaths of friends and family members. Add in the pandemic and social contact has been lost for quite some time. According to the Elder Care Alliance, research has shown that social support plays a significant role in overall health as people age. So, visits with their loved ones and friends can actually boost the quality of life -- both mentally and physically -- of seniors.
Now that it’s safe to do so, resuming social activities will have a positive benefit on local seniors, especially the residents of Harmony Senior Services.
Harmony at West Ashley and Harmony at Wescott Plantation offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care options curated to fulfill your specific care needs. Everyone is welcome to attend the full calendar of events hosted by Harmony to celebrate the freedom to finally be together again. For more information, or to schedule a tour, stop by your local Harmony community or visit https://www.harmonyseniorservices.com.