When we are meeting with families and talking about mom or dad, we hear a common lament, “Mom doesn’t get out anymore.”
It is typical for an adult child to say, Mom no longer drives and that she relies on a caregiver for transportation to doctors’ appointments and trips to the bank.
We hear Mom loves to go to restaurants for lunch and dinner but there’s no one to drive her or keep her company on the weekends when the family is busy with their responsibilities. Mom’s world is becoming more isolated.
At The Peninsula, the assisted living and memory support community in Hollywood, we know this situation quickly changes with the lifestyle services that are available. We provide transportation for residents to shop, visit their doctors and participate in fun and exciting outings in and around our area.
What a difference this makes for a resident. There is a weekly scheduled trip to Walmart where residents can find miscellaneous essentials and grocery shopping on Thursdays at our local Publix.
The Peninsula offers three meals a day and snacks but residents enjoy these excursions to the grocery store to pick up personal items. It’s good exercise and residents simply enjoy the experience of getting out. Our transportation department makes sure everyone is safely aboard and off the community’s bus along with their purchases.
Additionally, as a change of pace, residents have both a monthly dinner and lunch outing arranged by Michelle A. Hertz, our resident programming director. For example, in March residents will enjoy the Irish menus of Shenanigans’ East Side for lunch and a dinner outing to The Field Irish Eatery. Residents have the companionship of their fellow residents and someone makes sure they needs are accommodated.
We may also periodically go on drives to explore the area. It’s a holiday tradition to head out to see the holiday lights and sometimes we take a drive to the beach.
Having community transportation available makes mom feel more independent which is important to her sense of well-being. The Peninsula’s team encourages residents to take advantage of these opportunities as it seems to brighten their day.
To learn more about The Peninsula’s assisted living and memory support residences, please call 954-893-7755.