Category: Safe Harbor

Art as Part of Our Community

Art as Part of Our Community

When a person walks into The Saybrook at Haddam for the first time, he is often struck by the gracious beauty of the community.  The reception area and front parlor are dramatic with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, large oak staircase, and two beautiful fireplaces each featuring locally quarried stone handcrafted exclusively for the community.  The warmth and comfort of these areas are reflected in the rugs, draperies, furniture and, of course, the art.  Continue reading “Art as Part of Our Community”

Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!

Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!

A great quality of life includes spending time with family and friends – making memories, sharing experiences, and strengthening bonds.  However, making good memories with a family member or loved one suffering from a memory-related illness may seem impossible or even counter-productive.  Some may say, “Why bother? They don’t even recognize me anymore.” Our care team at The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care neighborhood wants everyone to know daily doses of happiness and feelings of worth are possible, and are important to the overall quality of life for residents here.  Continue reading “Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!”

Hitting the Road with Seniors

Hitting the Road with Seniors

The Saybrook at Haddam’s weekly activity calendar is full of daily social, physical and cultural events that take place throughout our retirement community.   We are so fortunate to have a wide range of exceptional instructors and performers visit us regularly.  However, we are also fortunate to be located in a very beautiful and culturally rich part of the state – one that offers fabulous theaters, museums, libraries, restaurants, galleries, public parks, and more – so we like to plan trips and adventures away from home, too. Continue reading “Hitting the Road with Seniors”

Checking in with Safe Harbor’s New Director

Checking in with Safe Harbor’s New Director

The Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood at The Saybrook at Haddam continues to grow and develop as one of the region’s premier residences for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-related illnesses.  With Kathy Hallett now at Safe Harbor’s helm as its new director, some wonderful happenings are taking place in the community. Continue reading “Checking in with Safe Harbor’s New Director”

A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement

A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement

Last weekend, The Saybrook at Haddam participated in a wonderful event: The Hartford Courant’s Transitions Living & Planning Expo for Active Adults and Seniors.  We had an informational booth to “introduce” visitors to our retirement, assisted living, and memory care community – and were happy to meet so many people who were researching options available to them and their family members. Continue reading “A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement”

It Takes a (Little) Village!

It Takes a (Little) Village!

Each month during the school year, The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care community opens its doors to an energetic band of happy, smiling faces belonging to children from the Little Village Preschool in nearby Moodus, Conn.  These children eagerly rush off their bus and come into our “neighborhood” to listen to stories, sing songs and help us with craft projects.  It is a true joy to hear their little voices and watch their little hands hard at work. Last month, we had the added treat of watching the children practice their “graduation” ceremony and tell us their hopes for the future. Continue reading “It Takes a (Little) Village!”

Shopping Day a Great Success!

Shopping Day a Great Success!

Shopping for things like food, clothing, gifts, household items is a pretty important part of everyday life.  However, for people with dementia the simple act of shopping may become a major point of stress or confusion.  Experts at the University of California in San Francisco say dementia patients “may want to buy things they do not need, spend more money than necessary, or shoplift.”   Continue reading “Shopping Day a Great Success!”