Insightsthe blog of Porter Hills
Say Goodbye to Cabin Fever
As West Michigan brushes off the effects of a harsh winter season the memories will soon be distant. But everyone can take a moment and reflect on how their lifestyle was altered, delayed or even cancelled by the weather. Now imagine being a senior who lives alone, unable to drive, reliant on others to keep their independence. Imagine the loneliness, a life void of travel, conversation and companionship.
What would you do if this was you or your loved one?
I live the answer every day. I hear the concerns and witness the calming reactions as people have toured our community this spring. It is a pleasant relief to a prospective resident, or their loved one, when they realize that they will not have to go through another winter alone; that they will enjoy the company of friends, a sense of community and a lifestyle void of loneliness.
Being relatively new to the Porter Hills team and the industry, I have been amazed by the impact this winter has had on our seniors living alone at home. As I listen to the stories, the concerns, and explain how our community would positively impact their lifestyle, a sense of calm or relief fills the conversation; a firm acknowledgement that this key element is often overlooked in life’s decisions.
My name is Bruce Lyon and I am the Director of Porter Hills’ Northern communities Meadowlark and Harvest Way. Nestled in the charming community of Sparta our campuses reflect the same values inspired by the community. We offer independent living, assisted living and affordable housing with a team dedicated to exceptional service. In addition, we have the distinct pleasure of working closely with Sparta Senior Neighbors who operate out of our Harvest Way community. Together we provide entertainment, spiritual devotion, and wellness programing which enable our residents and area seniors to live a more rewarding lifestyle.
If you haven’t been to Sparta, or visited our communities, I encourage you to come experience the charm, witness the pride, and share in the fellowship.