By Amy Schechter
Caring for a loved one with memory impairment can be a difficult journey, but not at Inspired Living at Sun City Center. This memory care community with assisted living services is redefining what it means to offer person-centered care. Community Relations Director Connie Lesko explained it best when she said, “We know our residents so well and we know what makes for a good day, so we try to engage each one of them into an activity that is appropriate and fulfilling.”
On any given visit, one could walk into Inspired Living to find residents engaged in stimulating conversation, physical and mental games, and musical programs. The residents choose their own activities. They have the option to participate in up to two field trips each week, recently attending the Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art, several concerts in the park featuring Dixieland music, and even a spring training baseball game. Additionally, Inspired Living employs an exceptional executive chef who is dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious brain-healthy menu choices with variety, flexibility, and taste.
Furthermore, the staff is committed to the safety of its residents. Lesko added, “We want residents and families to have peace of mind.” Although Inspired Living is enclosed by a fence and security protocols are in place to track residents, the grounds feel more like a community. Built around a large courtyard with a gazebo and putting green, Inspired Living offers a variety of both private and companion rooms. Additionally, the community boasts a Limited Nursing Services (LNS) license, which enables them to provide some nursing services such as wound care, catheter irrigations, and diabetic monitoring/injections.
The best way to experience Inspired Living is to visit. Every two weeks there is a free educational seminar offered to the residents, their families, and the public. On Wednesday, May 13 Kim Schaub with the Alzheimer’s Association is giving a seminar, “Healthy Habits for a Healthier You,” which begins at 10 a.m. This is followed by a series on intimacy Wednesday, May 27 and Wednesday, June 10 by Heidi Crockett entitled “Seniors and Sexuality in the 21st Century,” and “Senior Brain Health and Intimacy Tips,” also beginning at 10 a.m. Tours of the community are ongoing. To RSVP for an upcoming seminar or book a tour, call 922-1821. For more information, visit www.inspiredlivingsuncitycenter.com.