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ASID Wisconsin’s Annual Design Excellence Awards recognize the work that Wisconsin Interior Designers have accomplished through creating spaces that uplift and continually meet the needs of the community.
Evin at Oconomowoc is proud to have been awarded Bronze in the Independent Living Category. Congratulations to O&O Studio, interior designer of Evin at Oconomowoc, for the prestigious ASID Design Excellence Award!
Are you or a loved one looking for a home in Oconomowoc with designer finishes selected with style and quality in mind? Contact us today to learn about the variety of living options at Evin.
It can be a scary experience the first-time mom can’t remember an important event or dad has trouble recalling your name. It may leave you angry, worried, and confused – a mix of the same emotions your loved one is also feeling.
When a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia comes along, it not only impacts the individual but the entire family that loves and cares for them.
But a diagnosis like this doesn’t mean your loved one has to sacrifice their quality of life.
Evin at Oconomowoc offers a safe and secure memory care community. Our well-trained clinical team works diligently every day to provide high-quality, specialized care for your loved one.
Why a Memory Care Community?
One of the most significant drawbacks associated with memory loss is the feeling of social isolation and loneliness.
Socialization is important for everyone, but it becomes even more critical for those with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
Socializing in a memory care community can provide your loved one with both human and environmental interaction that they may not otherwise be able to receive at home.
All activities are held in a controlled climate, so you know your loved one is safe. Planned social activities can help stimulate their senses by experiencing new locations and different smells – even interacting with young children and animals.
If you’re feeling uneasy about the decision to move your loved one to a memory care community, here are the top five benefits that socialization can provide for them.
Increases Feelings of Self-Worth
It’s easy for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to feel devalued and lose their sense of self-worth along with their diagnosis. They can have feelings of losing control and not being able to trust their own judgment.
This can cause anxiety and depression.
It’s vital to treat a person with memory loss as kindly and politely as possible. This will help evoke feelings of being worthwhile and valued.
In a memory care community, your loved one will be able to interact with others and perform small tasks. Even ordinary tasks such as helping set a meal table and washing up afterward can ease feelings of helplessness and improve feelings of self-worth and belonging.
Decreases Sense of Loneliness
Feelings of loneliness can be complex.
Loneliness doesn’t only refer to being physically alone. People with dementia can feel lonely if they aren’t a part of a group or conversation. They can also feel lonely if they’re having a hard time participating in an activity.
Memory care communities use controlled socialization and individualized care to help combat feelings of loneliness.
Research has shown that even one hour per week of socialization can help dementia patients by reducing agitation levels and improving their quality of life.1
Increased awareness of the ‘here and now’ can help your loved one with memory loss. Any activity – from playing a game to petting an animal – helps them focus on what is happening right in front of them.
Being mindful of the present moment can help strengthen the brain and make them more equipped to handle their emotions.
Memory care communities provide a daily routine for your loved one, which gives them a sense of normal structure.
Structured routines help stimulate the part of the brain that is connected to time and place, so people with memory loss have more of a sense of a “start” and “end” point.2
Supports Brain Health
Think of your brain as a muscle – it needs activity to stay fit.
Social interaction can have some major positive effects on the brain.
Studies have shown that people who are offered a wide range of social activities in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia have an overall slower rate of memory loss.3
Memory care communities offer daily activities so your loved one has a variety of opportunities to engage in social and meaningful hobbies that they enjoy.
Even if they don’t prefer a group setting, socializing one-on-one with another resident or caregiver can also be beneficial.
Creates Overall Happiness
Put yourself in your loved one’s shoes.
Imagine how frustrating it would be to feel helpless and out of control because you can’t remember things. You’re no longer able to take care of yourself and must depend on others to do so.
People with memory loss may be agitated and lash out – not because they are angry with you – but frustrated because of the restrictions dementia has put on their lives.
Socializing and keeping active in a memory care community helps people with dementia gain a little more control.
They no longer have time to sit and get lost in their own thoughts because they’re busy with a project or playing a game with others.
Socializing creates overall happiness and decreases feelings of agitation for your loved one.
Learn more about Koru Heath’s safe and supportive memory care communities here.
A group supported by city government is researching and acting on the needs of seniors in the community.
The Senior Cohort Group was created in August 2021. Initiated by Mayor Bob Magnus, the group includes senior representatives from the city’s senior institutions like Oconomowoc Area Senior Center, Shorehaven Senior Living, Tower Crest, Evin at Oconomowoc, Wilkinson Woods, and The View at Pine Ridge.
The group is led by Ginni Hicks, president of the Oconomowoc Area Senior Center
Join us for an Oktoberfest celebration at Evin on Sunday, September 26th from 2-5pm. Enjoy food, drinks, and live music by the Kenny Brandt Band! We’ll be serving authentic German cuisine like: beer brats with sauerkraut, soft pretzels and beer cheese, German potato salad, and more!
Show us your Oktoberfest spirit and win a prize! Come dressed (or dress your pup) in your best Oktoberfest outfit and automatically be entered to win a prize you won’t want to miss.
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Date: September 26th Time: 2-5pm Location: Evin at Oconomowoc – 1101 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066 Price: FREE! Questions? Email email@example.com or call 262-320-3846.
Date: May 28th Time: Cookout @ 12pm, Live music 1-3pm Location: Evin at Oconomowoc – 1101 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066 Price: FREE! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-320-3846.
Join Jessica for a FREE genealogy class to help you find your ancestry! If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Pedigree Chart with at minimum your parents information and turn into Ashley by 2/19/21. With this information we will be able to make some fun discoveries during the class!
Date: February 23rd Time: 1PM Location: Club Room – 3rd Floor
Evin at Oconomowoc, a community that offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care, is taking an innovative approach during the coronavirus pandemic. The development team is focusing on controlling the spread of viruses.
Cleaning, sanitation and infection control is always a priority standard protocol for senior living, but Matter CEO Aaron Matter said Evin is taking big leaps forward in several different ways.
“Residents and families ask about how we’re responding,” Matter said. “One way is through a rigorous process of researching and installing a very safe hospital-grade air purification system that is used by both UW Hospital Madison and Mayo Clinic.”
Matter said that U.S. Air Force studies show the system to kill pathogens and viruses in the air, including coronavirus. As an even greater air quality consideration, every apartment in the building has its own entirely separate HVAC system. Common area HVAC is separate from the apartments, and the HVAC for memory care is separate from the rest of the community, Matter noted.
The senior living community features keyless locks, a video capable entrance system for visitors so residents can see who is visiting them, commercial laundry machines for a higher level of sanitation and a state-of-the-art whirlpool spa tub with FDA-recognized UV water purification system.
Andy Lange, president of Koru Health, said the community is thinking of the families and resident lifestyles. “We are creating a personal safety visitor lounge with a separate exterior entrance, and special considerations that allow the most opportunities possible for safe visiting by families and friends if there is a future flareup,” Lange said.
Lange said Evin is a smaller and more intimate senior living community with only 80 apartments, “which provides the scale necessary for excellent quality and resources, but not so large that it becomes difficult to implement high-quality health measures. A smaller building means fewer disruptions to residents’ lives in the event we have to respond to an outbreak.”