A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Southern hospitality and gracious living abound here at the Emeritus at Sandy Springs. From our elegant three-story building surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, to our dedicated staff who consider working with seniors their “life’s calling,” our residents feel “involved and pampered, with a new lease on life,” as one resident recently told us. One of the key reasons is the longevity of our staff; many have worked here for several years. With our consistent team of caregivers, we’re able to get to know residents well. We know what to look for and can quickly tell if something is not quite right. Our goal is to give residents the security of knowing that there is always someone here to help, whether they are having a medical issue or simply feel lonely and need a hug and words of encouragement. In addition, should a resident’s health decline due to a memory disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease, he or she can be cared for at our sister memory care community, Emeritus at Sandy Springs Place, located right next door.
There is never a dull moment at the Emeritus at Sandy Springs! For our gentlemen, we have a men’s club that meets once a month over lunch. A speaker is invited in to talk about whatever our residents are interested in, from our local sports teams to fishing to current events. The Red Hat Society meets once a month, during which our ladies enjoy discussing women’s issues. They really do wear red hats, which they make themselves in art class! We always celebrate our residents’ birthdays in style, with a monthly party for all residents born that month, and a special luncheon on their actual birthday. Thanksgiving is a huge family event, with more than 200 people, including family members and friends joining us for dinner and entertainment the Saturday before the actual holiday. Residents especially love word games, such as Scrabble and card games, including Bridge, which residents play most afternoons at 2:30. Every morning at 10 a.m., we offer a stretch and flex exercise program, with additional exercises classes every Tuesday and Thursday given by our physical therapists. Our resident walking club frequently walks along the nearby Chattahoochee River trail, which meanders along the river. We also offer educational enrichment programs during which an outside medical professional comes to our community to discuss health-related topics, such as how to protect yourself against the flu or keeping blood pressure under control.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Each month, we hold educational events open to family members and others who are struggling to care for a loved one in need. We always choose relevant topics, such as navigating Medicare, taking advantage of Veteran benefits or how to deal with a parent in the early stages of memory loss. We are fortunate to be able to draw upon many experts from the area, including geriatric physicians and psychiatrists, hospice representatives, Veterans officials, pharmacists and financial planners.
Our staff, along with residents who are physically able, participate annually in the Metro-Atlanta "Walk to End Alzheimer’s" sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. The Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Our management team helps prepare breakfast for the walkers. Our community also holds an annual garage sale to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, a fundraiser that involves all of us, including staff, residents and our family members who always generously donate items for sale.
Three meals a day, served restaurant style on fine china, are included in the monthly rent. Each meal offers two entree choices, including such comfort foods as fried chicken and meatloaf, as well as salads, soups and fresh fruit plates. We often have theme days, such as a recent Southern cooking day featuring traditional Southern cuisine. Our dining services director, who has been here for more than three years, is passionate about cooking. She doesn’t cook all the time, but when she does, she gets rave reviews! Of course, we honor all special diets, including low salt, low cholesterol and carbohydrate-controlled for our residents with diabetes. Snacks are also always available, including fresh fruit served every afternoon for social hour in the café. In line with our focus on promoting brain health, we often serve a brain-healthy food such as blueberry smoothies and ice cream with dark chocolate sauce.