The “typical” day of a resident at Heritage at Framingham in the independent living program is impossible to describe simply, because there are so many things, so many different activities in which our residents are engaged.
Some residents awaken early while others choose to linger in the morning. Breakfast is available in our beautifully appointed, sun filled dining room, at the resident’s convenience. This space begins to fill with the sound of tinkling China and the smell of fresh brewed coffee, and reaches a crescendo as more and more residents arrive, sharing a bright, “Good morning!” and the news of the day. The wait staff shuffle between tables, serving and pouring, participating in the banter, inquiring about children, grandchildren, and plans for the day. The scene is what you would expect in an elegant residential hotel. As the breakfast hour winds down, residents depart for their planned activities of the day which may include reading the newspaper, a structured activity from the published schedule or drive to see family.
Meanwhile, other residents have chosen to have a quiet morning in their apartments or to catch up on knitting with a quiet cup of tea.
The morning hours see an intermittent stream of residents, visitors and staff going to and fro throughout the community. Staff conduct or facilitate activities of discussion groups, others perform housekeeping rounds while others are attending to residents’ requests
Lunchtime is a repeat of the breakfast symphony with residents carefully asking questions about each entrée and placing their orders. The luncheon group may be very different from those who shared breakfast – this flexibility and variety is at the heart of the vibrant senior living lifestyle at Heritage at Framingham.
Afternoons may be quiet or boisterous, depending on where in the community you happen to look at any given time. In one small meeting room, you may find a book group discussing a recent Grisham novel, while in another lounge you may see the cutthroat competition of the Wii bowling league, while in another room a watercolor painting class. Other residents choose to fit in some exercise in our fitness room. And anywhere in the community you will find others enjoying a quiet moment with a friend, or a good book.
Evenings at Heritage at Framingham are similarly difficult to categorize. The dining room in the evening becomes more elegant and fills with the fragrance of savory food. The residents arrive, sharing the news of the day and scanning the menu of appetizers and entrées, inquiring if a particular dish can be prepared to a particular standard – and of course it can! Then after dinner, many choose to retire while other residents enjoy an after dinner cocktail, or a movie complete with popcorn.
What is “typical” at Heritage at Framingham is variety and flexibility, in an award-winning architecturally sensitive senior living residence, and interactions with attentive, trained staff.