‘Living life to the fullest’

Somerset Court director to speak about senior living options

There comes a time in life when person might need some help with their daily living.

Melissa VanDeventer, director of Somerset Court, Minot, will speak about different senior living options, mainly focusing on assisted living, at the Sept. 6 1st Annual Minot Daily News Senior Expo.

Dave Caldwell, also a director, said many people who have moved to the retirement and assisted living community have said during the first two months of living there that they wish they would have done it sooner. “People tend to put it off until they don’t feel good anymore and that’s not necessarily the right step,” he said.

Somerset Court provides affordable living and caters to the comforts and needs of residents while assisting them in maintaining their independence.

“There are a lot of services and amenities that we provide that can certainly make your life a lot easier,” VanDeventer said.

Services provided to residents include three daily meals at restaurant-style dining, medication assistance, transportation, assistance with bathing and simple dressing, housekeeping and laundry.

When a person moves there, they receive an emergency alert pendant. “Any place they are in the building, they can hit their pendant if they’re in distress or trouble. We want to make them happy and safe,” Caldwell said.

Residents can be as busy as they want to be at Somerset Court with an activity calendar running from 9:30 in the morning until 9 o’clock at night. “They go places and we have music, cards, bingo and seasonal events,” said VanDeventer, naming some of the activities.

Residents can raise vegetables in a garden by the parking lot. At various times, a fire pit is brought to the site and everyone can sit around the fire, roast marshmallows, listen to music, sing and dance.

A once a month seniors dance with a live band is always a hit, the directors said. The monthly dance is usually listed in the Minot Daily News’ Calendar of Events. Many people who are not residents also attend the dance.

Annually on Aug. 25, a big variety show is held for the residents. “Everybody comes in for a nice sit-down dinner and then we head down to our auditorium, which is one of the amenities in the south building that opened a couple years ago, and then we do a variety show,” said Caldwell. Somerset Court celebrated its 18th anniversary at this year’s variety show.

VanDeventer said holidays are observed at Somerset Court on the holidays.

The south building also has a theater where movies are played every day and fresh popcorn is made for every movie.

“There’s a lot of active people here,” Caldwell said.

“We do have an amazing time,” VanDeventer added.

For more information visit somersetcourt.net or call 838-4500.