Happy Hours Promote Happiness at Palace Communities

Ever taken a cruise and marveled at the availability of live entertainment every evening? That’s what residents and their families enjoy living at The Palace Gardens, the assisted living and memory care community in Homestead.

Live musical entertainment at Happy Hour is a Palace Group trademark offered to residents at The Palace Gardens as well as all of the company’s communities including The Palace Coral Gables, The Palace Suites and The Palace Renaissance and Royale in Kendall.

“We hire local talent and often these are musicians who play at area bars and restaurants,” said Jennifer Almodovar, the lifestyle director at The Palace Gardens. “Appearing at The Palace Gardens gives them an appreciative audience and regular gigs. We switch the entertainers around each month for variety while introducing new talent. The residents have their favorites but it is important to keep infusing new faces.”

Happy hours also mean signature drinks are served such as sangria and piña coladas as well as beer and wine. An open bar is available and serves cocktails by request.

“We want our residents to enjoy these experiences and feel living at The Palace enhances their daily life,” she said. “They may have enjoyed a nightly cocktail and living here should be no different. It’s also a nice time for the families when they visit. They can enjoy seeing their parents while listening to a talented musician.” Many senior living communities may offer live entertainment once or twice a month but The Palace Gardens ends each day with a show.

“There are so many benefits that can be found in the daily ritual of a Happy Hour with live entertainment,” added Almodovar. “The importance cannot be underestimated.”

Research shows that music can have healing power. By offering a Happy Hour with live music, residents have a reason not to stay in their residence. They are motivated to come to the community’s Plaza before dinner as well. The music offers a calming effect while also relieving boredom. Listening to music also rekindles positive memories and has been shown to improve cognition and language abilities especially for people with dementia. The familiar tunes, tap their feet, sing along and the music may bring back memories.

“It becomes the time of day they can anticipate and enjoy,” she said. “It is one of the ways we help our residents socialize with others. It also helps alleviate the loneliness they may have experienced before moving to The Palace.”

Live music is performed at The Palace Gardens for both assisted living and memory care residents.

Almodovar suggests families review a potential community’s social calendar and ask questions about what will be available to their parents as residents. Be sure there are opportunities for live entertainment and music offered regularly. The health benefits are immeasurable.

We invite you to join us at The Palace Gardens for a Happy Hour. Please call Elizabeth Martinez at 305-247-0446 to make reservations.