At Sunshine, the daily schedule of activities are geared toward helping participants to establish, maintain, and improve their sense of usefulness, their desire to use their own physical and mental capabilities to the fullest extent, and to strengthen their sense of self respect.
Sunshine’s life enrichment specialists are trained in finding creative ways to encourage participants to take part in all socialization activities at their optimal level of functioning and to progress at their own pace consistent with the goals of their individualized service plan. Sunshine’s life enrichment specialists are also responsible for encouraging participants to interact with each other, while at the same time respecting the wishes of participants that choose not to participate in activities.
“Some members come to us like a closed up clam, but as we earn their trust and respect, and they see that the environment is comfortable for them to be who they are, the clam starts to open. It’s really rewarding to see that there’s a pearl inside.”
“The goal of social daycare is to keep people independent and well for as long as possible, so we do a lot of health education and promotion, and of course we exercise their mind and body every day.”
“Computers can be intimidating, but once they realize that just with a click of a button they can navigate the system, it empowers them to look for friends and family online, open up a Facebook account, order things online, or download recipes. It opens a new world to them. A lot of them have started using Skype to talk with family members.”
“We’re constantly hearing music here, from all eras. We have music to release pain and discomfort, and just to bring back happy memories.”
“Some of our members live alone and don’t have family anymore, so they don’t have the opportunity to celebrate holidays. But they can come here and celebrate and have parties. We have birthday parties every month, and everybody is there.”