by June Portnoy
Spring Village at Floral Vale will transform its quaint, village-like memory care community into a Charles Dickens Village in mid-December for residents and their families to enjoy the beginning of the holiday season.
“We never do anything here without a lot of attention to detail,” says Callista Oberholtzer, Director of Admissions. “When we host an event, it’s special.”
Therefore, the community will be dressed in its finest Dickens’ attire. In addition, 10 staff members will volunteer their time to be professionally fitted in Dickens-era costumes and will remain in character the entire evening. Plus, food and beverages will reflect the Victorian period, so residents and their families will enjoy authentic style food from this era.
Continuing to keep the spirit of Christmas alive, Men of Harmony, dressed in Dickens attire, will entertain everyone while singing Christmas carols, bringing the entire Spring Village community together.
Also, the same evening will include Spring Village’s annual tree lighting ceremony. Two 15-foot trees will be lit outside in each of the two courtyards.
“Our residents love seeing these trees during the holiday season, and the benefit of placing them in our courtyards is that they can be seen from everywhere within the village,” remarks Callista. “It’s like bringing a taste of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to our residents.”
Callista explained how many people have the misconception that there’s no point to put so much effort into entertaining memory-loss residents, when many of them won’t remember what took place the next day. But Spring Village has a completely different philosophy.
“Our staff strives to capture our residents’ special moments,” notes Callista. “We have learned to live in the lives of our residents’ world, understanding that many just live right in the moment. Therefore, we aim to give them the best we can in the present moments, without worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. Sounds like what we should all do in our own lives. Our community is about making every moment count.”
She adds that whenever Spring Village holds a special event, its residents are grateful and appreciative. “They truly enjoy these events, especially having the opportunity to share them with their families,” says Callista. “We can see by their expressions they are enjoying the event. Sometimes we even see tears of joy rolling down their faces. Our staff puts lots of effort into Spring Village to make a positive difference in our residents’ lives.”
And isn’t that what the true holiday spirit is all about? For more information about Spring Village at Floral Vale, 600 Township Line Road, Yardley call 215-497-3003, or visit www.springvillage.net.
PHOTO CAP: The Men of Harmony will entertain Spring Village residents in December