Ridgewood offers the following variety of amenities:
At Ridgewood, we take a holistic approach to resident care and offer a variety of Wellness programs. Everything listed below is available to all residents at no additional charge.
Touch – because it is something that we normally do every day, we often take for granted how important it is to be touched. As humans, we are cuddled and nurtured from birth. As we age, this becomes no less important. Unfortunately, the older we get the less personal contact we receive. When a person is touched, the brain releases a hormone which produces a calm feeling.
There are many additional psychological benefits of touch. Touch can reduce isolation and loneliness, decrease sensory deprivation, create companionship, and limit depression. Additionally, touch can enhance reality orientation, express reassurance and trust, elevate self-esteem and stimulate the mind. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
Geriatric Massage has many physical benefits as well. It can decrease pain and the need for pain medication, promote quality sleep, reduce stiffness and inflammation, increase circulation and appetite, and improve balance and flexibility. Massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age.
Our Massage Therapists are licensed by the State of Wisconsin and skilled in Geriatric Massage which specifically address the special needs of the elderly. The techniques used include tender touch, calming aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage and gentle stretching. They work with the residents in the privacy and comfort of their rooms and can be provided in a chair or bed. Most interested residents are on a 4-6 week rotation for a 30-45 minute session.
Several of our Recreation team members are certified in Benevolent Touch and provide this sensory experience throughout the day in their interactions with residents. This can be done casually during conversation or in a private setting.
As people age, activity levels slow which causes range of motion to decrease. A regular exercise regimen can increase flexibility and mobility promoting a more independent life. Experts have proven exercise can reduce blood pressure, improve sleep quality, provide chronic pain relief, ease stress, and foster relaxation.
At Ridgewood we offer various exercise programs. To include all ability levels, the facilitators provide movement variations allowing everyone to comfortably participate.
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Spirituality speaks to people of many denominations and beliefs. It encompasses compassion, love and respect for life. One's later years can be a time of profound wisdom and spiritual growth. In a care setting, the focus is primarily on physical needs. However, it is equally important to provide spiritual support. It has been shown that the healing process is faster for someone who is involved in prayer and spiritual life.
Spirituality at Ridgewood is a significant part of life with the residents. We offer many opportunities for our residents to express themselves spiritually.
The Worship Services are facilitated by different churches from the community. They provide a short time of worship for all who would like to attend.
A Memorial Service is offered quarterly to remember residents who have passed away. This is an opportunity for families, residents and staff to honor the memory of their loved ones.
Our Chaplain is here to meet individually with residents twice weekly and when a special need arises. This one to one visitation involves a retired Pastor who provides Christian counsel and spiritual support.
Companionship and spiritual support is provided by volunteers from various local churches. If desired, Catholic Communion is one specific type of visit offered in the privacy of a resident’s room.
A small, intimate group is offered weekly for a more in-depth study of the Bible. This program is structured so that it is not necessary to come to every meeting as each session has a new scriptural topic and does not build upon the prior meeting.
The recreation department has a library of spiritual books, magazines, movies, and music. Residents may borrow these items at any time.
We are very proud of our harmonious and breathtaking gardens. These gardens can be seen as a refuge of serenity, reflection and comfort. They are a masterful blend of vibrant colors and diverse plant species that will tickle all of your senses. These beautiful areas and pathways are frequently enjoyed by residents, families, visitors, and staff alike.
Gardens are natural calming places to rest and be refreshed spiritually. Nature is a powerful force in the healing experience. Our gardens, complete with a Koi pond and waterfall, can be seen as therapeutic environments to reduce stress and provide solitude and relaxation.
Our gardens provide a full sensory experience. Strong, bright, warm colors in bloom such as red, yellow and orange provide visual stimulation. Captivating fragrances are carried by gentle breezes through the rolling landscape and home grown vegetables are ripe for the picking. Textures of the diverse flora provide a tactile environment for exploration. Long flowing grasses whisper in the wind while our miniature train weaves through the colorful terrain.
In addition to our external gardens, we have spectacular indoor wheelchair accessible gardens which allow the residents to explore nature with ease. Our residents have spent many enjoyable hours indoors cultivating plants species and have found these gardens to be a peaceful sanctuary.
All of these amazing gardens are made possible through many generous donations and the love and hard work of our dedicated volunteers. We would like to extend a special thank you to the UW-Extension Master Gardener Program of Kenosha and Racine Counties. It is their generous support, countless hours and commitment year after year that allows this project to continue to grow and flourish.
We welcome one and all to come and enjoy the beauty of our glorious gardens!