When Conrad and Dorothy Irving decided to look for an older adult community, they were faced with a lot of choices. “We looked at four places before choosing a suite at United’s Fish Creek,” said Conrad. “My daughter is in the business of helping seniors to downsize and she suggested we look at United. She liked the atmosphere here.” The Irving’s chose a suite in United’s Fish Creek North, which offers assisted living and memory care support, fine and casual dining, theatre, spa, an art studio and art gallery.
They were attracted to United for several reasons, including the wide variety of unique programming. “My wife has memory issues and United has a lot of programs that help keep the mind active. As well, there are no separate units for those with dementia. I really like the way that everyone is integrated into the community. In fact, through the United Minds program, Dorothy keeps busy with United Minds coordinator Becky Robertson by participating in games, baking, walking, crafts and many more activities that are offered. Other nice features are the heated underground parking and the arts and culture programs they have.”
Conrad and Dorothy know that United’s philosophy includes keeping couples together as long as possible. “We’ve seen the stories in the news about couples who have been forced apart due to health issues. We know that at United we will be able to stay together and receive the health support we need for as long as is practical.”
Conrad, who worked in sales all his life, doesn’t stand still. “I’m a very active person and I don’t sit still when I see something that needs doing,” he says. He is very involved with the food committee and is working with other residents to create a residents’ council, which works closely with United staff to ensure programs and services are first rate. He is particularly supportive when new residents move in.
On the arts side, Conrad is an experienced wood carver, and has joined several other residents who have a similar interest. He recently discovered a knack for painting and pottery. He has completed three paintings, and is working on a fourth.
The arts and culture programs offered to residents is lengthy and varied. It means that for Conrad and Dorothy, their social calendar is full. “We go to the music performances that appeal to us, the theatre and other programs. There are a lot of choices!”
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