The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and the other winter holidays are a time for food, family, and togetherness. For over fifty years, Bridgewater Retirement Community has provided care not only for our residents’ physical needs, but their social and mental needs as well. Bridgewater’s mission to provide an engaging lifestyle in its compassionate community is extremely evident throughout the holidays. We do everything we can to make the holiday season fun and social. Of course, nothing can match the joy of family and friends (old and new) during the holidays. We are excited to celebrate Thanksgiving throughout our community – independent living, assisted living, and our nursing households.
Friends and family travel from all over to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family members. We always invite our residents’ families to visit and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with us. Our chef and dining team are gearing up for a traditional meal with all the fixings, and this is an opportunity for family to enjoy Bridgewater’s excellent cooking!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for residents from all levels of living to gather with family and friends to reflect on their many blessings. On Thanksgiving Day, a traditional Thanksgiving Brunch is enjoyed by many in The Custer Room. Also, rooms throughout the campus can be reserved for residents to have a more intimate meal with their family.
Nursing care residents, too, can enjoy the gift of time with family this Thanksgiving. We welcome all families to join us in the nursing care community. Since our nursing community is set up like a home, with rooms off a common area and kitchen, as opposed to a hospital, families and other visitors tell us they look forward to spending time here. The comfortable environment is very conducive to gatherings like Thanksgiving, where small groups of families can mingle. We originally created our innovative nursing care living space to make our residents feel more comfortable and families find them welcoming too. If you visit one of our six nursing households on Thanksgiving you can join residents as they watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, smell the turkey roasting in the oven and enjoy a whiff of the pumpkin pies that just finished baking. The afternoon is filled with the roar of football games on TV.
For residents with family close by, we encourage spending Thanksgiving with family. Bridgewater team members who work closely with residents’ families know that residents reap the benefits of off-site visits with their loved ones.
Of course, independent living residents can host family, friends and neighbors themselves and prepare a Thanksgiving repast of their own design.
We believe that traditions should be honored and our environment promotes family traditions that are within our capacity to help keep alive. We have had families that enjoy celebrating those traditions by bringing in the china, table linens and serving pieces from their home to recreate their Thanksgiving traditions within our community.
Bridgewater Retirement Community recognizes the importance of memories, traditions, family and friends to the health of residents. Spending time with loved ones and being a part of a caring community provides many benefits to one’s overall health. At Bridgewater Retirement Community, we enjoy helping to create those moments that provide energy for life.