Choosing the right place to call home is a big decision, no matter what stage of life you are at.
After all, everyone needs to feel like they’re a part of their community and that they’re making meaningful connections with those around them.
At the same time, finding and fostering connection can be difficult when everyone around you is busy and at a different stage of their lives, and for many seniors, feelings of isolation and loneliness are all too real – feelings that can be detrimental to health and wellbeing.
Elim Village’s Garrison Crossing offers seniors a unique place to call home with others of like-mind, sharing similar values in a place where community and all the benefits of companionship come together to make genuine, personal connections. The community spirit fostered at Elim Village’s Garrison Crossing is a real-world example of the vital roles emotional, social and spiritual wellness play in supporting the whole person.
“I like the concept of being amongst seniors because people have a little more time to interact,” says Elim Village resident Barb. “I like to walk out in the hallway and feel a part of the whole community.”
Programs to build community and create connections at Garrison Crossing include well-attended coffee socials and walking groups that foster lively conversations and close friendships. Faith-based activities can be an important part of many people’s lives, and Elim offers optional hymn sings and Bible study groups.
Activities ranging from outdoor excursions to sit-down games promote shared interests. There’s even a campus newsletter initiated by residents that helps to create a sense of belonging by sharing resident stories and promoting community-planned events. Sharing an interest like playing in the ukulele group or joining in a friendly game of horseshoes can foster friendship and camaraderie. Participating in an event such as a a drive for the local food bank develops relationships with the larger Chilliwack community and allows many to live out their values of helping and giving back.
Community that cares
At Elim Village, the spirit of community also extends to staff. Distance is a concern for many families, who cannot see their loved one on a regular basis and it’s reassuring to know that the kind and caring staff at Elim Village’s Garrison Crossing Campus are available and on hand if needed.
Elim Village Garrison Crossing’s unique, welcoming campus is growing to serve the unique community better with the addition of The Hawthorn, which will offer new and existing residents a variety of amenities to improve quality of life in an already thriving community!
Ro learn more about this and up-and-coming campus give them a call at 604-769-0022 or stop by the Presentation Centre at 45412 Chelalis Drive, Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30 pm.