Individuals have adapted to a different way of living due to the health and safety precautions of Covid-19. At Watercrest Columbia Assisted Living and Memory Care, the leadership team has inspired residents to utilize their passion and creativity to create memories during this historically significant time by quilting through COVID .
As part of Watercrest’s signature Live Exhilarated™ programming, Watercrest Columbia residents formed a ‘Quilting through Covid’ group, to spread unity and joy. The group, led by Wellness Director Liz Swygert, meets twice weekly in a safely distanced environment to encourage social interaction, maintain resident well-being, and inspire residents to creatively express their feelings during this time.
“Quilts tell a unique story, and this is a historically significant story to tell,” says Swygert.
Watercrest Senior Living has a unique approach to healthy aging, focusing on individuals achieving personal wholeness through participation in programs aligned with seven facets of wholeness. These facets provide the Live Exhilarated™ program framework. This focuses on celebrating the residents’ story, encouraging their pursuit of new passions, optimizing their experience, and offering variety and choice to all residents.
“Our quilting through COVID group provides residents with a sense of normalcy and an opportunity to create memories,” says Renada Weathersbee, Community Program Director of Watercrest Columbia. “We realize how critical everyday activities are to our resident’s mental health and the creation of this group unifies residents. It also encourages a sense of pride and accomplishment.”
Watercrest Columbia is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
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