A Good Morning
Coffee begins brewing at 6:30 a.m., and the soft sounds of birds chirping signal it’s time to begin the day. There is no alarm clock or mandatory wake-up time at Sundance. Residents are welcome to wake up when they prefer. Our care staff uses quiet voices in the hallways and while entering rooms to ensure those residents who want to catch an extra hour of sleep are free to do so.
Fresh, healthy ingredients are important. A typical breakfast might include sausage, eggs, a muffin, fruit and a cold glass of orange juice. And, of course, the morning paper, delivered in print the old-fashioned way, just as our residents like it.
Many of our residents are passionate about serving others. As part of our Montessori approach, residents are encouraged to lead activities for other Sundance members.
After breakfast, residents begin their days. Some will wrap up their breakfasts and read the paper, others will venture outdoors for a morning stroll, loosen up with morning stretches or begin their chores around the complex.
We make sure to discuss with family members how their loved ones’ birthdays have been celebrated in the past and honor any traditions that help them remember it’s their special day. Whether it’s baking the birthday cake, arranging centerpieces or singing “Happy Birthday,” residents are involved in the festivities according to their unique skills.
Residents Gather for Lunch
To signal lunch time, 50s and 60s tunes are played. Think, “Here Comes the Sun.” As music plays softly in the background, residents can begin gathering at the tables for lunch at 11:15. The music stops, and the chime of a bell signals the beginning of the meal. Before residents begin eating, a care partner blesses the food with a prayer.
Conversation cards are placed on each table to help cue meaningful engagement and relationship-building between residents, care team members and any visitors.
Meaningful Engagement Opportunities
When you’re a resident at Sundance, you have the freedom to suggest activities you want incorporated into your community. At our Austin location, we have a putting green for a resident who loves golf.
Part of the Montessori approach calls for hands-on activities on a daily basis. Residents are empowered to create beautiful works of art, which are displayed and sold at art community shows.
Residents can choose from a variety of activities, many of which are inspired by their own passions and interests. Through our intergenerational programs, residents enjoy teaching children about the things they do in their community, like growing vegetables in the garden.
Dinner Meal Prep
As dinner time (5:15 p.m.) nears, residents can help prepare the meal—cutting vegetables, setting tables and more—and clean the dining area or help with dishes when dinner is over.
Ending the Day at Home
Residents choose their own bedtime routine, including their curfews. The care team assists with bedtime routines, giving each resident a friendly, loving hug and providing words of comfort and encouragement: “We’re so thankful to have you here.” “Always remember that you are loved.” “You are special to so many people.” “You are appreciated.”