Kempton of Charleston, the premier assisted living community in Charleston, recognizes that activities play a significant role in residents’ well-being and quality of life. Those who live there enjoy local and cultural activities, soaking in the charm of Charleston and allowing them to feel like a part of the community inside and outside the facility.
“Assisted living isn’t what it used to be,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Lisa McLeod. “Our residents like to get out and do local activities. Our community is small enough that residents know each other, and they know us. Here, they get continuous care while developing lifelong friendships with other residents.”
Engaging in activities allows seniors to socialize and build meaningful connections. With cornhole, games, happy hours, balloon volleyball and more, residents connect over friendly competition, trivia and conversation. Outside the facility, residents enjoy visiting Charleston museums, attending local wine festivals and dining at local restaurants once a month. Pounce Cat Cafe is one of their favorite and most requested local spots. They also enjoy Hampton Park, Colonial Lake and The Battery.
Providing activities that challenge the residents’ cognitive abilities, like puzzles or group discussions, can also help maintain mental acuity and prevent cognitive decline. For this reason, Kempton of Charleston invites historians, lifestyle experts and sweetgrass basket makers to share their knowledge and skills with residents. “Jewish Connections” is a monthly program designed by Jewish Family Services of Greater Charleston. It meets at Kempton monthly and offers an educational and entertaining program to residents and community members wishing to celebrate the Jewish culture, values, holidays and history.
In addition, engaging in creative activities such as art or music therapy is emotionally rewarding and reduces stress in assisted-living residents. For this reason, Kempton of Charleston engages entertainers and performers to share their talents with residents. They also coordinate drives through Charleston and shopping on King Street so that residents can enjoy Charleston’s architecture and social scene.
The Lowcountry’s culture comes to life in Kempton’s beautiful facility, which features two outdoor terraces designed for resident use. Its proximity to The Citadel and College of Charleston makes student volunteer partnerships and combined events a mutually beneficial community effort.
Kempton’s dining program boasts Southern flavors and celebrates the vibrant food of the area. The restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving feast with residents’ favorite holiday dishes and a Christmas cookie baking event.
We want our residents to celebrate the holidays in the facility like they did in their home,” said McLeod. “Many residents want to continue lifelong holiday traditions when they move here.”
Kempton of Charleston strives to provide residents with a sense of purpose and fulfillment while encouraging them to pursue interests and hobbies. Kempton’s sense of community is palpable, especially during their pompom welcome for new residents, which has become a Kempton tradition.
“It’s become so popular,” said McLeod, “when family members are moving residents in, they ask if they are going to get the pompom welcome. Residents look forward to participating and welcoming new residents.”
By Isabel Alvarez Arata