“Physical wellness is important,” said Mary Ferguson, community relations manager at the Westmont care facility. But Aspired Living puts an equal focus on spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, vocational and social wellness.
Aspired Living opened its doors in September, providing homes for seniors and others who no longer can or want to do things like fix meals, clean house and do laundry. With apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care, Aspired Living offers a place where people can age without having to move. As needs change, Ferguson said, so do the services provided to the resident.
Programs and services at Aspired Living, called Viva!, go far beyond Bingo and jigsaw puzzles. The facility boasts an exercise room with senior-friendly equipment, a movie theater, an outdoor walking path and courtyards, an art studio, game rooms, a bistro and lounge, and a fully stocked bar where residents and their guests can sit and enjoy a cocktail and conversation.
Weekly outings take residents shopping, to the theater and even to sporting events.
“Our goal is to change how society things about aging and senior living,” Ferguson said.
Residents are encouraged to pursue the things they’ve always loved to do. A group of women who like to bake gather once a week to create tasty treats, and a group of men are making plans to golf come spring.
“We talk to the residents about what they want to do. After all, this is their home,” Ferguson said.
The staff at Aspired Living isn’t just there to make beds, prepare meals and help residents with the activities of daily living. They really get to know the residents, Ferguson said.
One resident recently taught several CNAs to crochet.
“We work together as a community,” Ferguson said.
Lifelong learning is a big part of life at Aspired Living. Residents are encouraged to take on-campus courses and to find volunteer positions that fulfill their interests.
A signature program of Aspired Living is its World Tour, which focuses on a different part of the world each month. Residents learn about the culture, religions and government of a chosen region, and those who have visited the area are encouraged to share their photos, souvenirs and memories with their neighbors.
At the end of each World Tour, Aspired Living’s chef creates a meal to celebrate the flavors of the chosen region of the world.
Aspired Living consists of 73 apartments for independent and assisted living and 34 apartments for those in need of memory care. Learn more by scheduling a tour at (630) 960-4400, or plan to visit during the Aspired Living open house, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27, at 407 W. 63rd St., Westmont.