Dedicated to Wellness and Healthy Aging
Our programs focus on the “whole” person, providing opportunities that promote healthy aging and improve our Residents’ quality of life both physically and mentally. Many of our Residents have spent their lives struggling in poverty and have not benefited from preventative healthcare. They suffer a higher incidence of chronic health conditions and psychological/behavioral disorders.
Social support, especially for Seniors, is a human necessity. People who are socially isolated, without meaningful relationships and activities, are at an increased risk for physical deterioration, mental illness, and even death.
Therefore, Mary Ryder Home strives to create a strong community and social support through the following programs:
- Elder Arts Initiative: an Art Educator helps our Residents experience the therapeutic benefits of art and the power of the creative process to transform experiences and open new doors.
- Occupational Therapy-Related Activities: Residents participate in activities focused on healthy aging, including storytelling, creative writing, craft projects, exercise, and much more.
- In-House Recreational Activities: Residents enjoy in-house activities that foster a sense of community and socialization. Our Activities Director arranges games (Bingo, card games, Trivia), holiday parties, movies, activities such as gardening, choir, computer classes, visits from the library bookmobile, and more, often with the assistance of volunteer groups from local schools, corporations, or churches.
- Educational and Recreational Outings: Several times a year, Residents have the opportunity to enjoy outings, including a monthly shopping trip. Other popular outings have included trips to Eckert’s Orchard, the St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows, eagle watching at Pere Marquette, and activities such as bowling and fishing.