Arizona’s “dry heat” is famous—or infamous, depending on how you feel about it. Even in January, the coldest month of the year, the average daily high temperature is 66 degrees. But since winter is nearly nonexistent in the state, it is only natural that assisted living in Tucson includes plenty of outdoor experiences for residents to enjoy.
Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care facility is located in Tucson just north of the Rillito River. And at Copper Canyon, both residents and staff take indoor-outdoor living very seriously. The staff members at the community are on a mission to support their residents mind, body, and spirit. To accomplish this goal, the staff plans an extensive calendar of indoor and outdoor activities for their residents to enjoy.
Copper Canyon celebrated Wellness Month in August, and as one might imagine being in a state with no winter, the activities included connecting to nature in a variety of ways.
This month, residents took to Copper Canyon’s shaded outdoor patio area to try their hand at putting golf balls. Whether the balls made it into the hole didn’t matter; they were all smiles as they putted the balls across the temporary green the staff set up.
Residents also got the chance to get their hands dirty by planting corn and carrot seeds. They plan to experiment, tend the plants, and watch them grow over the warm Arizona fall and winter. And, of course, they hope to enjoy the fruits—or rather, vegetables—of their labor.
Even when no formal activity is planned, the Copper Canyon community still loves to get outside to experience the outdoors. And since no outing in the Arizona heat would be complete without a frosty drink, this month, residents and staff alike enjoyed sipping on icy strawberry slushies to cool down.
Wellness Month also included plenty of opportunities for residents to escape the heat with indoor activities—a necessity during the hot Arizona summer. Copper Canyon’s book lovers took a trip to the Nanini Library for an afternoon of learning and entertainment. August’s roster of air-conditioned activities also included dancing, making music, sunrise yoga hour, and a visit from The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, who brought Jake the ShihTzu to visit. Residents also got creative in art class, throwing it back to the 1960’s by making tie-dye T-shirts.
Copper Canyon also made sure to include relaxation and spiritual wellness in their activities for Wellness Month. The residents and staff made bath bombs both to relax and as a fundraiser to support the larger community. They made the bath bombs in two scents, and after handcrafting each one, the community made them available in Copper Canyon’s main lobby in exchange for a donation to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Not only did all of these activities celebrate wellness, but the activities themselves also contributed to residents’ well-being. Copper Canyon is an assisted living and memory care facility, which means that the staff provides specialized physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual nurturing to ensure the residents’ well-being in a safe and secure environment. Activities like the ones the residents enjoyed this month are not only entertaining, but also offer benefits such like cognitive stimulation, comfort, relaxation, and the opportunity to connect and socialize with others.
If you or a loved one is seeking a community-focused assisted living facility in Tucson, look no further than Copper Canyon. Not only do the residents enjoy a variety of wellness-promoting physical and mental activities, but they do so with the specialized support of a caring staff.
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