Independent Living and the Holidays: Celebrating Community


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"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone." - Charles Schulz

The holidays are a time meant for merriment and cheer, but they can sometimes be accompanied by stress. The ever-growing to-do list during the holidays can leave us cranky, irritable and impatient, taking away from the enjoyment we should be feeling. What's one way to take a little hassle out of the holidays? Independent living can help you be more Cindy Lou Who and less Grinch!

Residing in an independent living community during the holidays has numerous benefits. Here are a couple that we think are better than kissing under the mistletoe:

Less Stress

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." - Larry Wilde 

The holidays are a time meant to be spent with family, but family visits come with quite a bit of preparation and the possibility of stress. In independent living, residents are free to decorate their home for the holidays if they'd like. At our PineCrest Independent Living Community, the staff will beautifully decorate the common areas to make sure there is plenty of holiday spirit to go around.

Don't Worry While on Vacation

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." - Clement Clarke Moore

Are you visiting family during the holidays this year? Leaving home as a homeowner comes with many worries, such as break-ins, forgetting to unplug electronics or even leaving a candle lit. Independent living can take away the worries that come with homeownership during the holidays. Those living in independent living communities can take comfort in knowing that when they return from their holiday vacation, everything will be just as they left it.

Social Environment

"This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone." - Taylor Caldwell 

At PineCrest, we recognize that not everyone has family to spend the holidays with but we don't believe that these residents should have to spend the holidays alone. PineCrest independent living community has an incredibly social environment. Residents can spend the holidays surrounded by the friends they've made at PineCrest Independent Living who love and care for them.

Community Events

"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together." - Garrison Keillor 

The holiday season at PineCrest Independent Living Community is filled with events that will never leave our residents bored. Whether it's building a gingerbread house, singing Christmas carols or going on a field trip to watch the Nutcracker, the holiday season is packed with fun activities.

Delicious Meals

"In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous." - Jane Grigson

Even for the most avid chefs and bakers, preparing a holiday meal for family and friends can be extremely stressful. From the meal preparation, baking and everyone's least favorite part: clean up, making a holiday meal isn't a breeze. Independent living can eliminate all of these worries from your life. Enjoy an excellently prepared meal during the holidays (and always) from skilled chefs.

Snow Removal

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we've no place to go, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!" - Lyrics from the song Let it Snow

Did Ol' Saint Nick send some snow your way? Nobody likes removing snow from the sidewalks or driveway in blustery weather. Not only does shoveling snow take a while, lifting the snow can be heavy and make you sore. At independent living, you can skip saying season's greetings to your snow shovel and hello to cozying up next to the fire while it snows without the worry of knowing you'll have to remove it later.

Enjoy The Holidays Your Way

At PineCrest Independent Living Communities, we take the stress out of the holidays so you can avoid the worry of being a Scrooge and spend more time being merry. Not only does PineCrest Independent Living take the stress out of the holidays, but it also removes the worries of everyday life, no matter the time of year.

Would you like to learn more about how PineCrest Independent Living could make your life more worry-free? Contact us today to get the information you're looking for!