At Metta Lifestyles, we are proud to offer retirement communities that bring out the best in our residents. Our respectful, dedicated staff works tirelessly to create an environment that lets every resident stand out and appreciate their individuality.
Our Lifestyles and Wellness teams work together to design a schedule for various activities designed with our four focuses in mind, compassion, dignity, security and respect. Activities take place throughout the day in various areas of the home to suit everyone's needs.
Games & Activities
You can always find various board games available throughout our homes, and a resident friend ready to play! We encourage residents to put their minds to work by pulling out the chessboard or even grab a deck of cards to play!
Metta Lifestyles provides activities that are fun, exciting and innovative. we are firm believers in innovative therapies backed by research. Many of our residents do not realize they are participating in a therapeutic activity because they are fun activities that they find enjoyable.
Montessori is beneficial for patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The goal is to engage the senses to help seniors rediscover the world around them. We are using methods within these activities and programs to reconnect with residents who may seem unreachable. This care method benefits from increasing motor skills, stimulation of senses, increasing socialization, increasing self-esteem, and reducing depression. To learn more about Montessori Care and the benefits, visit Dementia Support.
A surge of research on art and seniors has lead to the use of art as a therapy for seniors. Although this form of therapy does not work with everyone it is great for seniors who are suffering from trauma, cognitive impairments, physical limitations and those with mental illness like depression. A clinical trial conducted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts studied the effects of art on seniors. They found an increased sense of well-being after each workshop and a gradual improvement of quality of life throughout all sessions. Other notable benefits included reducing stress, increasing cognitive function, a decrease in frailty and providing seniors with a sense of accomplishment.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Most commonly known as pet therapy, this activity uses pets as a form of companionship. There have been many studies done that show how it can improve social, emotional and cognitive well-being. When used with seniors living with dementia, pet therapy has a positive influence on aggression and anxiety. In seniors with psychiatric diseases, pet therapy increases motivation, self-esteem, and pro-social conduct.
Metta Lifestyles is proud to incorporate aquariums into our homes. Research has been done to reveal the benefits of aquatic therapy and seniors' well-being. We find that many of our residents enjoy looking at the fish. Not only is it a great conversation starter, but the colours, motion and sounds can serve as a form of therapy to relax the resident. Studies have shown that viewing an aquarium can reduce stress and lower diastolic blood pressure in the elderly. Aquarium observers also experience a decrease in pulse rate and muscle tension and an increase in skin temperature.
Horticulture Therapy Program
Our gardening program was started by our Culinary team at Metta Lifestyles for many reasons, to engage residents who enjoy gardening, to bring fresh produce into our kitchen and to lower our carbon footprint. Each of our homes have a garden that allows residents to plant beautiful flowers and various vegetables. Gardening offers many physical and mental health benefits for seniors which is also why we include this as a therapeutic program.