The benefits of experiencing nature are well known and in practice at Ohio Living Sarah Moore where an aviary is now located, courtesy of a donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 376 of Delaware.
“The birds really make me happy,” said one of the residents enjoying the chirping and fluttering birds, which include four types of finches.
“We decided to house the aviary in our Historic Home building, the original Sarah Moore structure with 16 assisted living apartments. It is located in our first floor lounge and the aviary’s light color wood matches perfectly with the walls of the lounge. Our residents and families are really enjoying it,” said Aric Arnett, executive director.
“Our thanks to the Eagles for this wonderful donation,” he said. This grant of $10,000, given for the activity program, has also been used for several music events and art projects.
Residents held a contest to name the new arrivals. There are five Society Finches named Webster, Cinnamon, Faith, Suzie and Daniel. The two Gouldian Finches, a mated pair, are Simon and Sarah Moore. The two Orange Cheek Waxbills are Twitter and Jeanie and the four Spice Finches are Lisa, Michal, Delly and Sandy.
The aviary’s location is where current events activities and ice cream socials are held. Bird bath times are popular occasions to watch the birds play.
“In the future we plan to hold some art activities around the aviary. We highly encourage our residents to utilize the space at their leisure and they really have been enjoying it,” Arnett said.
Ohio Living Sarah Moore is one of 12 life plan communities owned and operated by Ohio Living, headquartered in Columbus. Since 1922, Ohio Living has defined the highest standards of quality of life for adults.