NORFOLK, Neb. -- The Madison House, an assisted living location in Norfolk, is taking proactive measures to strengthen the connection between its residents and the local community.

Recognizing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Autumn Rynes-Hammer, life engagement director at the Madison House, emphasized the importance of maintaining a sense of community amidst the widespread transition to remote living and working.

“We want to take our residents and give them a sense of community, gathering, and unity,” Rynes-Hammer said. “Its hard to find things… there’s a lot of activities for children but there’s not a whole lot for the elderly.”

Rynes-Hammer acknowledged the existing opportunities provided by the senior center but expresses the need for additional initiatives to keep the facility's seniors active, engaged, and in good health.

To achieve this, she seeks the collaboration of local business operators, speakers, and other community members to organize enriching activities on-site.

“If they’re not active they decline,” Rynes-Hammer said. “We want to get our residents out, keep them as independent and young as possible.”

Some residents at the Madison House aren’t from the Norfolk area, and Rynes-Hammer said that by actively participating in external activities, these residents can better assimilate into the local environment, fostering a stronger sense of belonging and camaraderie.

“The more active they are, the happier they are,” Rynes-Hammer said. “They’re raring to go!”

For more information, the Madison House can be reached via their phone number (402)-644-4567 or by clicking here