I have always wanted to work in the health field, so that’s why I began working at an assisted living home. I’ve come to love the people who live there, and we do all that we can to make holidays special. We always make sure offer some sort of party entertainment for all of our residents. Often, residents’ family members come to the holiday events. It’s important that we make sure that residents have the ability to celebrate with family members, just like they did before needing to move into a group-style home.
Christmas is always a big deal at the home. We provide a holiday meal for everyone, and we also provide entertainment, too. We send out invitations about two months prior to the dinner so that we can make sure that as people as possible can make time in their schedule to show up. Often, family members have Christmas in the morning and afternoon, and then they show up at the home to have Christmas with their parents or grandparents who are residents.
We used to hire someone in the past to play the piano throughout the dinner. However, we have since realized that most people seem to enjoy it when we hire someone who sings and plays the guitar instead. We usually ask the entertainer to play songs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Most often, the entertainer will also take requests so that people can hear their favorite songs. It makes everyone happy to hear songs from the past when they are played live throughout the dinner and afterward as well. It’s not uncommon for everyone to remain at their tables long after they finish their holiday dinner so that they can sing along with their favorite songs. It always makes me happy to look around the room at all the happy faces of the residents and their family members.