GROW at Capri Senior Communities
Wellness goes beyond eating healthy and exercising. At Capri Senior Communities, we focus on your overall wellness through your mind, body, and spirit. We developed the Gain and Retain Overall Wellness (GROW) program in order to further support our mission and enhance the quality of life of our residents. Through our GROW program, Capri helps residents maximize their level of wellbeing by focusing on interests and the theory of six components of wellness: intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and vocational. These six components provide the opportunity to engage in a well-balanced life. We recognize that each resident celebrates each component differently and we strive to offer opportunities for meaningful engagement for each individual.
A Day in the Life
Residents at Capri Senior Communities are encouraged to participate in our engaging, meaningful activities. Usually, they'll join a group for something they've loved for a long time – gardening, book clubs, bible studies, knitting circles. There's also now time to take on new experiences like bocce, volunteering, virtual games, dances, and more!
Grace and Jean made fast friends at Village Pointe Commons, our senior community in Grafton. They both were active as career women and wanted to retire to a senior community where they could continue to learn, teach, volunteer, and meet new people.
"I usually have breakfast in my apartment or at the café here," said Jean, "but Grace and I decided to start our day together and have breakfast in the dining room."
Both Grace and Jean are part of the resident ambassador program, now in place at all Capri Communities. When a new resident arrives, they're partnered up with an ambassador to help them get acclimated to the community. "I'm like a little information booth. I take calls and answer questions for new residents," said Jean.
Grace enjoys playing with the sheepshead and bridge groups. "I teach others how to play, too," she added. Grace is definitely a card-gamer, adding Rummikub and Uno to the mix as well.
Jean pointed out the bocce court below. "A group plays every once in a while when it's nice out. I tried it and had fun. It will be better with practice," she said with a laugh. When she isn't practicing bocce, learning sheepshead in her beginner group, or volunteering at the community store, she spends her time out and about in the surrounding neighborhoods. Of course, both ladies find time during the day to relax in their apartments.
"We usually end the day with happy hour," said Jean ("Or bingo," added Grace). "We gab. It's at 4pm every day, but sometimes we start at 3:30. People bring down anything from sparkling water to an Old Fashioned." Happy hours are very well-attended at Village Pointe Commons and usually end up spilling out onto their community balcony in the spring and summer months!
It's easy to see why seniors love to call our Capri Senior Communities "home." With a variety of activities, residents find familiar hobbies to share along with new experiences. Check out individual community calendars to see what you or your loved one can expect at a Capri Senior Community today.
GROW Goes Beyond Capri
The GROW program also incorporates staff, families, and the community. The program involves community outreach for great organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association, Ronald McDonald House, Eyeglasses for the Lion's Club, Toys for Tots, and local Humane Societies. Staff are encouraged to participate in health-themed holidays, like wearing blue to support men's health or wearing red on National Wear Red Day for women's health, that are called out on each community's event calendar.
Throughout the year, our communities raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association is special to us because it provides much-needed support to those with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and their families. Capri Senior Communities has a long-term relationship with the Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association. Our very own James Tarantino and Glen Choban were co-chairs of the Waukesha County Walk to End Alzheimer's.