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Hink Sahs

Technology allows Hink Sahs’ active lifestyle at The Landing to be seen and enjoyed by her daughter Heidi Schulz in her home in Alaska, more than 3,000 miles from her mother’s retirement community.

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Nebraska and Alaska may sound alike, but more than 3,000 miles separate the two states.

That’s why a communication tool called LifeLoop has been so valuable in long-distance relationships such as one connecting Alaska resident Heidi Schulz with her mother, Hink Sahs, a resident of the Memory Support community at The Landing at Williamsburg Village, 3500 Faulkner Dr.

Heidi couldn’t make it back to Lincoln for her mother’s 93rd birthday observance last month, but the computer software program helped bridge the geographic gap separating mother and daughter. Shortly after her mother’s party, Heidi was enjoying the value of technology at The Landing. Simply clicking on a link led to a half-dozen photos of her mother’s party appearing on her computer screen.

“Over the years, I’ve been back there to see mom frequently enough that I’ve gotten to recognize and know some of her neighbors who live there,” said Schulz, one of three children, “So to see some of those people in the photos was also a treat.”

She added: “It’s been fun to see mom and her neighbors enjoying themselves. I can just click on the link and see some of the activities mom is involved in at The Landing.”

Active lifestyle

Katie Hejl, who operates LifeLoop at The Landing along with fellow Life Enrichment Coordinator Monica Smith, said a busy calendar keeps the 14 Memory Support residents active at The Landing. To keep adult children apprised of their parents’ activities, Hejl posts activity calendars online and shares images of the residents’ special moments.

“It’s a great way to network with the children of our Memory Care residents,” said Hejl. “Activities are designed to keep our Memory Care residents busy.”

Preserving memories

Lifestyle Supervisor Kay Anderson added: “LifeLoop is a great way to network with the children of our Memory Care residents. We offer lots of music, hymn-singing, entertainment, and even sing-alongs led by our executive director, John Croghan.”

Birthdays – always special occasions at The Landing – are extra-special due to the memories preserved by images via LifeLoop, added Anderson. “One resident turned 100 last year, for example, and we had a big to-do to celebrate the occasion.”

The Landing at Williamsburg Village – an Immanuel community whose mission is mind, body, and spirit – also creates spiritual opportunities for its Memory Support residents through Sunday services and weekly Bible-study sessions led by Pastor Renae Johnson, full-time chaplain at The Landing.

The Landing creates intergenerational activities for Memory Care residents on a monthly basis by hosting interaction with children from the nearby Williamsburg Village Child Development Preschool.

Memory Care residents at The Landing also leave their mark and show their artistic flair by coloring sacks that end up in the hands of Tabitha Meals on Wheels recipients.

Pet-loving residents at The Landing will also attest that their retirement community’s pet-welcoming attitude is, well, the cat’s meow. Not only does the retirement community host pet therapy sessions and allow residents to care for their pets, The Landing also has “interactive pets” that provide companionship and engagement like that of an actual pet.

One-on-one

The “intimate environment” found within the Memory Support community at The Landing is one of the retirement community’s best features, noted Assisted Living Supervisor Glori Trube, LPN.

“It allows our dedicated staff, both care delivery and life enrichment, to spend time one-on-one with our residents and to tailor their day, individually, so we are enriching their lives in the most meaningful ways to both our residents and their families,” said Trube.

To arrange a tour of The Landing, contact Senior Living Consultant Stacie Sumovich at (402) 328-2223.

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