I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Preventing Boredom Back
Do you go to bed at night wishing your days were more productive, creative, and purposeful? Experiencing boredom can rob us of the joy and happiness life has to offer at any stage of life. For seniors who spend much of their days alone or with limited interactions, it can be daunting to find ways to fill your time with meaningful activities. Don’t despair! The author Robert M. Pirsig once said, “Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.” There are many activities you can participate in that will keep you physically, mentally, and even socially active. Here are four simple ways you can prevent boredom:
1. Engage in a New Hobby
It’s never too late to try something new! If you are feeling frustrated because you feel lonely or bored, exploring a new hobby is an excellent way to keep your body and mind active and engaged. A survey in the UK found that over 70% of people over 60 take up a new challenge in their later years! If you enjoy physical activities try dancing lessons, bike riding, or even a new sport you’ve always wanted to learn. If you are more creative, look into acting opportunities near you, or learn a new language! How about simply learning a new skill such as woodworking or sewing? In all your exploring, you may just find your new niche in life.
2. Reach Out to Your Community
There are several organizations in your community that have great need for the talents, experience, and love you have to share. Volunteering for a cause you support not only staves off boredom, it allows you to meet new people, make new friends, and share your wisdom, talents, and abilities! When you are engaged in serving others, your passion and purpose deepens as you go outside of yourself in efforts to help others.
3. Join the Internet Community
Don’t let this suggestion scare you! Participating in the internet community opens a world of possibilities for your connectivity, learning, and growth. It is one of the most convenient, regular ways you can stay connected with your friends and family both near and far. You can view pictures and read about current experiences from your family through social media sites, you quickly communicate through email, or can even live streaming through Skype or Facetime. Whether its on a mobile device or computer, you can access games, classes, and just about any bit of information you’ve ever wanted to learn about!
4. Join or Start a Game Group
From monopoly to scrabble, gin rummy or bridge, meeting regularly as a group of friends or family to play a good ‘ole game together is a wonderful way to pass the time. When these groups are formed, they usually meet together on a regular basis which creates a nice friendship and bond. It will not only give you something to look forward to, but it will provide a sense of routine and structure for your life.
Let today be a turning point for you to explore activities and ways to fight boredom and start enjoying who you are and what you have to offer those around you!
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.