National Skilled Nursing Care Week

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It’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week, and at Senior Lifestyle we want to celebrate the dedicated, compassionate caregivers who staff each skilled nursing community and provide continued care to our residents. Established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association, this celebration honors the contributions of individuals who strive daily to create a unified senior living environment as vibrant and diverse as it is beneficial to the community at large.  

This year’s theme for National Skilled Nursing Care Week is “Celebrating Life’s Stories” and each of our skilled care communities will celebrate the stories of its residents, families and team members in a unique way. The theme aims to highlight the unique perspectives each person brings to the skilled nursing environment, as well as to foster engagement across generations by sharing those perspectives.  Mark Parkinson, AHCA President and CEO, notes, “We are proud to honor the unique stories of those in the long term and post-acute care communities.” He also shares, “This National Skilled Nursing Care Week, we hope centers and community members alike take the opportunity to join us in this celebration of life.” 

Senior Lifestyle is proud to provide exceptional care to our residents and their families at every level of care from independent living to skilled nursing in our communities. Whether you need short-term care following a hospital stay or long-term nursing supervision due to chronic health issues or disabilities, Senior Lifestyle’s skilled nursing communities will not just meet your needs—we’ll exceed your expectations. Our skilled nursing communities are equipped to provide individuals with 24-hour nursing needs, post-operative recuperation, or complex medical care demands, as well as to care for individuals with chronic health issues who can no longer live independently.  

Senior Lifestyle’s skilled nursing communities accept residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and work closely with hospitals to coordinate care. Prior to admission, our admissions team will work directly with the Social Worker or Discharge Planner at the hospital to obtain and review medical records to ensure the most appropriate program placement and preparation for new residents. 

At Senior Lifestyle, we celebrate the stories of every resident, family, and team member in our communities, knowing that each story is as unique as the person who shares it. Join us in celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week from May 13th through May 20th. Our communities look forward to “Sharing Life’s Stories” and we encourage you to learn more about a community in your area by visiting our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com. 

Nurse’s Week

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We’re celebrating National Nurses Week at Senior Lifestyle and we hope you’ll join us in honoring the men and women for whom caring is as much a calling as a profession. Nursing staff at each Senior Lifestyle community form a bond with residents, families and fellow team members that not only creates trust, but also fosters independence and encourages fulfilling lifestyles for those we serve. Nurses across America provide compassion as well as care and are often the first encounter for those entering a healthcare setting. Additionally, for the past 16 years, nursing has been rated by the public as the most honest and ethical profession. 

National Nurses Week starts on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing. This week of recognition was designated by the American Nurses Association’s Board of Directors in 1993 as a permanent observance and includes special recognition for student nurses as well as school nurses. While the first National Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954, commemorating the 1ooth anniversary of nurse Florence Nightingale’s mission during the Crimean War, national recognition did not occur until 1982, when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring May 6th “National Recognition Day for Nurses”.  

 The “Florence Nightingale Pledge” embodies the spirit of nursing. This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, MI. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.  

I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE MYSELF BEFORE GOD AND IN THE PRESENCE OF THIS ASSEMBLY, TO PASS MY LIFE IN PURITY AND TO PRACTICE MY PROFESSION FAITHFULLY. I WILL ABSTAIN FROM WHATEVER IS DELETERIOUS AND MISCHIEVOUS, AND WILL NOT TAKE OR KNOWINGLY ADMINISTER ANY HARMFUL DRUG. I WILL DO ALL IN MY POWER TO MAINTAIN AND ELEVATE THE STANDARD OF MY PROFESSION, AND WILL HOLD IN CONFIDENCE ALL PERSONAL MATTERS COMMITTED TO MY KEEPING AND ALL FAMILY AFFAIRS COMING TO MY KNOWLEDGE IN THE PRACTICE OF MY CALLING. WITH LOYALTY WILL I ENDEAVOR TO AID THE PHYSICIAN IN HIS WORK, AND DEVOTE MYSELF TO THE WELFARE OF THOSE COMMITTED TO MY CARE.  

At Senior Lifestyle, we understand the importance of creating an environment of trust and compassion and we know that our nurses are a vital part of that environment. Whitney Lane, a Senior Lifestyle Divisional Director of Health and Wellness, notes, “We could not care for our residents without our nurses. The nurses are the heart of the community. The nurses care for other’s loved ones from the beginning of their journey into senior living until the end of their journey. The residents and families put all of their trust in our nurses during their stay with us. The nurses become an extension of their family. They impact the lives of so many.” We hope you’ll join us at Senior Lifestyle in celebrating nurses and all they do to help those we serve live fulfilling lives. For more information about National Nurses Week and the lifestyle available in a community near you, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

The Sheridan at Green Oaks

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A visitor’s first glimpse of The Sheridan at Green Oaks is an impressive and memorable one. The community’s main entrance encompasses a stunning view of the central courtyard as well as a fireplace that provides a beautiful focal point and gathering area for the community. Asked whether this feature, a two-story window that looks onto a beautiful wooded area on 30 acres of land, is the most impressive thing about The Sheridan at Green Oaks, Executive Director Drew Kowalski laughs. He says, “This building and the acreage it sits on are amazing, but what makes us unique is the people in the building. Our concierge team is top-notch; they provide a warm welcome that brings the building to life for guests and residents alike.” He continues, “We’ve built an incredible team here at The Sheridan at Green Oaks, people with a passion for care who bring years of experience and dedication to our community.”

The Sheridan at Green Oaks offers luxury as well as convenience for residents looking for a senior community in the Chicago area with unprecedented access to local amenities in the Lake Forest, Libertyville and Lake Bluff area. This beautiful community offers independent living, assisted living and memory care on a campus with room to explore, accessible by extensive walking paths. A consistent color scheme throughout this Senior Lifestyle community connects Independent Living to Assisted Living and provides visual continuity through all levels of care. The exterior areas follow the natural slope of the site and provide extensive outdoor living spaces with walking paths, fire pits, natural woods and three ponds. The courtyard area provides further connection between all levels of care.

Well-designed gathering areas on the garden level provide light-filled spaces for conversation and activities, while hallways are open, inviting and barrier-free to encourage activity and socialization. An internet café and library provide connection and quiet space in the independent living area, while the memory care building offers a serene environment that includes a tranquility room, beauty salon and a country kitchen designed to encourage interaction for residents and families.

Residents and guests enjoy fine dining in spaces with abundant natural light and views of the courtyard, enjoying exquisitely prepared meals made from locally sourced ingredients. The Executive Chef and Dining Director personalize the dining experience through collaboration with residents on menu choices, special requests and the incorporation of favorite recipes. Thoughtfully planned bar and lounge areas invite friends and family to socialize and play games while the fitness center, multi-purpose room and art studio provide opportunities for wellness and creativity.

Executive Director Drew Kowalski shares that The Sheridan at Green Oaks provides a variety of well-appointed living options at all levels of care. One and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens are available in independent living, along with one and two-bedroom assisted living apartments and studio and shared memory care apartments. He notes, “Visitors feel a sense of warmth from the moment they step in the door, provided not only by the understated elegance of the building itself, but also by the outstanding team of people who staff the community.” For more information about this Senior Lifestyle community, or to schedule a tour and see this senior community in the Chicago area for yourself, please call 224-534-6660 or visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

The Power of Positivity

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Carlisle Palm Beach resident Myra Goldick embodies the spirit of the Carlisle, with a warm and welcoming smile for everyone she meets, a genuine love for her community, and a desire to help others, especially those in transition. Carlisle Palm Beach Executive Director Chris Kochan notes, “Myra is the perfect example of the Carlisle. The Carlisle isn’t referred to as the Carlisle by Myra, she calls this her home. Myra is the first person who volunteers to help our new residents and make them feel welcome in our community. There hasn’t been a day where Myra hasn’t shown her beautiful smile. Her warm heart and caring sets her worlds apart from others!”

Asked about her habit of making new residents feel right at home, Myra downplays her role and says she’s just doing what was done for her when she came to the Carlisle. Says Myra, “It meant a lot to me to be welcomed to the Carlisle in a time of crisis and stress after my husband passed. I think everyone worries about being accepted as part of a group and this community made me feel comfortable and connected right away. The Carlisle is such an upbeat place to call home!” She loves that the Carlisle team recognizes how important it is to welcome new faces by sharing a meal or inviting someone to join a group, noting that she and the other Community Ambassadors take their roles very seriously simply because they’ve all faced the same challenges each new resident faces.

Myra, a native New Yorker, has made a lifelong habit of looking on the bright side. Her talent for positivity has seen her through a childhood bout with polio, a midlife diagnosis of post-polio syndrome, and three very successful and distinctive careers. When diagnosed with polio at the age of 10, Myra turned to her love of drawing and painting to give her the strength she needed to endure multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. She continued to study art and pursue her passion for creativity throughout school; her innate artistic talent and drive to create won her a full scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Upon graduation she began work in the cosmetic industry, building a successful career. When she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and could no longer travel, Myra went back to school and learned the art of hat design, embarking upon her second career as a milliner. After retirement and a move to Florida in 2003, Myra began her third career as a motivational speaker, disability advocate and author, inspiring others with her creative energy and lessons on gratitude and the power of positivity.

When asked to contribute words of wisdom, Myra shares, “Living a successful, happy life requires one to adopt a sense of gratitude. Remaining thankful helps create a positive attitude. While life often offers great pleasure and joy, at one time or another most of us will encounter adversity and sometimes-great tragedy.  It is wise to remember that within every disappointment there is a lesson to learn as well as a gift. Discover the gift and the healing will begin.” She also notes that gratitude is best shared, saying, “It’s important to cultivate the habit of thankfulness; that’s why I speak so often about the things I’m passionate about. The more we share the power of positivity, the more the mindset is reinforced in ourselves and others.”

The Carlisle Palm Beach is proud that residents like Myra call the community home and proud to help Myra share her words of wisdom. To learn more about what makes this Senior Lifestyle community special, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com or schedule a visit with a Community Adviser today.

Signature Style: The Sheridan at Chesterfield

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The Sheridan at Chesterfield, a Senior Lifestyle community, provides assisted living and award-winning memory care in an inviting, family-oriented setting, combining the open, airy feel of a modern farmhouse with exceptional amenities and a level of service designed to delight discerning residents. Located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, this Signature Collection community incorporates a resort-style atmosphere with casual yet elegant design elements. Soft wood tones, painted beaming and rustic light fixtures lend themselves to the graceful feel of the community, but equally important, notes Executive Director Denise Niemann, is the family atmosphere of The Sheridan at Chesterfield. She states, “I am very proud of our talented team and their dedication to our residents. Each staff member plays an important role in exceeding our residents’ expectations every day and developing relationships with family members. Families have trusted us with the care of their loved ones and need to know that we are honored to become an extension of their family.”

Common areas throughout The Sheridan at Chesterfield are flooded with natural light and open to gracious outside living spaces. Comfortable sitting areas encourage conversation while an in-house, state-of-the-art theatre room provides additional entertainment options. Perfect for informal gatherings with family and friends, a multi-purpose lounge with games table graces the 2nd floor. A beautiful spa and wellness area, physical therapy, and fully-outfitted fitness room promote wellness while an art studio encourages creativity.

A stunning dining room invites residents to linger over meals and conversation with natural light from a full wall of windows providing a warm, welcoming space to enjoy fine dining. The Sheridan at Chesterfield delivers a personalized Signature dining experience that serves as an opportunity to socialize with friends and family in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. Locally sourced fresh ingredients prepared by the Executive Chef and served with attention to detail complete the dining experience.

When memories fade, it’s the moments that matter most, and at The Sheridan at Chesterfield, the focus is on creating meaningful and fulfilling moments for those in need of memory care. For these residents, Senior Lifestyle’s embrace memory care philosophy provides a comprehensive approach to wellness with activity options tailored to their personal interests and abilities. This holistic approach to memory care provides opportunities for memory care residents to build authentic relationships in an environment filled with joy and serenity.

 

With well-appointed assisted living studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments as well as memory care accommodations, The Sheridan at Chesterfield offers living spaces tailored to the unique needs of each resident in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. A private town car and shuttle provide transportation for day trips to destinations including shopping and cultural events in the St. Louis area, while full-service concierge services connect residents with entertainment and activities specifically suited to their interests. Executive Director Denise Niemann likens the resident experience at this Signature Collection community to that of the Ritz Carlton hotel’s credo, stating, “The Sheridan experience enlivens the senses, instills well-being, and fulfills even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our residents.” She adds that new residents to the community are welcomed with The Sheridan’s version of a red carpet, in the community’s signature color, Tiffany Blue, with all team members in attendance to greet new arrivals.

Built to serve the community with the feel of a relaxed vacation home, The Sheridan at Chesterfield provides assisted living and memory care options to residents looking to experience the utmost in service and care in a setting offering serenity as well as social opportunities. To learn more about this exceptional senior community, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com or call 636-614-4657 to schedule a private tour.

March is Red Cross Month

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At Senior Lifestyle, we like to show our appreciation for organizations that provide vital resources and support in the communities we serve. The American Red Cross is one such organization, and since March is Red Cross Month, we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the goals of this organization as well as the services provided.

The Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881 and has been dedicated to serving those in need ever since. From providing first aid certification and disaster relief to rendering aid to American service members and families, Red Cross staff and volunteers are active across the United States and abroad. The Mission of the American Red Cross states: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The organization’s Vision Statement is as follows:

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that…

…all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

…our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

…everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

…all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

…in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Since the early 1900’s The Red Cross has offered first aid training and other certifications and also developed the first nationwide civilian blood donor program in the 1940’s. The Red Cross responds to roughly 64,000 disasters yearly in the United States and around the world and depends on the American public’s contributions of time, blood and money to continue its services and programs.

We at Senior Lifestyle would like to salute the efforts of the American Red Cross during the month long celebration of the organization, and we encourage you to do the same. Whether donating blood, contributing to the cause or volunteering in the community, your support helps to bring important programs to people in need. To learn more about how our Senior Lifestyle communities celebrate American Red Cross Month and contribute to their local communities, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com to find a community near you.

North Shore Place: An Experience to Savor

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Guests at North Shore Place, Senior Lifestyle’s premier Chicago-area Assisted Living and Memory Care community, often compare its amenities to those of a luxury hotel. Offering the lifestyle residents desire and the personal care they deserve, seamlessly integrated into an exceptional living experience, this beautiful senior community in Northbrook exceeds expectations from the moment visitors step in the door.

Matthew Dunn, Director of Sales and Marketing for North Shore Place, notes, “We provide a level of sophistication and elegance that is simply unmatched. We are particularly proud of our dining program, an experience that is absolutely exceptional from start to finish.” A dynamic dining experience combining luxury and tradition, the Signature style dining room at North Shore Place rivals any Chicago-area dining establishment, with beautifully presented seasonal cuisine prepared by an Executive Chef, as well as specialties prepared tableside for a truly personalized dining experience. Adds Matthew, “Our dining team takes great pride in tailoring meals to each resident’s personal tastes, making every encounter an event to savor.”

Additionally, North Shore Place features well-appointed gathering areas designed for enjoying life with family and friends, common areas that are anything but common. Games tables, quiet conversation groupings and reading nooks abound in the community, providing the perfect atmosphere for any mood. For enjoyable evenings in, residents in this senior community often start with a luxurious signature treatment in the spa, then visit the beautiful in-house theater, always showing the titles they want to see. Residents and guests can also enjoy cards or billiards, or simply indulge in a quiet moment in the courtyard near the serenity of the pond.

At North Shore Place, the focus is on providing a carefree, worry-free lifestyle for residents to enjoy. Says Matthew, “We offer a variety of very spacious apartment styles and floor plans, which feature full kitchens, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer and dryer, and many more amenities. Routine housekeeping provided by an experienced staff provides residents the freedom to fully explore the carefree lifestyle we offer.”

North Shore Place is not only conveniently located near the Chicago Botanical Gardens and the Ravinia Music Festival, but also in close proximity to the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, providing a chance to explore right outside this senior community’s front door. To learn more about the advantages of life at North Shore Place, visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com or call 224-534-6640 to schedule a tour to explore our personalized approach to Assisted Living.

MRS. C, WORLD TRAVELER

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Morningside House of Friendship is home to a fascinating group of residents, says Director of Sales and Marketing Amanda Fields. She notes, “The diverse backgrounds and life experiences of our residents never cease to amaze me! They’ve done so much, learned so much and seen so much of the world, I love to hear the stories they share.” Amanda shares that one of the most interesting stories she’s heard in the senior community is that of Mrs. C, the “accidental tourist.”

On Sundays after church, Mrs. C and her husband would often take their two daughters to the airport’s observation deck to watch flights arrive and depart. They enjoyed spending time at the airport and the observation deck quickly became a weekly tradition. Little did they know that their little ritual would be the start of a grand adventure! As Mrs. C recalls, “One day while we were watching the planes we saw a sign about a free trip, so we asked about it.” Airlines in the 1970’s were desperate for passengers, as people were nervous about air travel after several highly publicized high-jacking incidents, so certain airlines offered free travel to promote the ease of flying. According to Mrs. C, the only stipulation on travel was that the family had to book and attend a free bus tour at every destination. She shares, “Hotels, food and bus trips were all free, in addition to the free airfare. The only money we spent was on souvenirs!”

When asked about the destinations her family visited using free travel, Mrs. C recalls trips to Disney in both Florida and California, beautiful trips to Ireland as well as St. Petersburg, and Hungary, where she learned that she does NOT like Hungarian goulash. The family visited Switzerland, Austria (twice) and Germany four times because she fell in love with the Christkindlesmarkt, a Christmas market that is held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. Mrs. C also has fond memories of trips to Florence and Venice, where she reports that “every day at 2 pm our ankles got wet!”

Mrs. C feels sure that her family’s trips encouraged others to fly; after each trip she would tell her friends about all the wonderful experiences she and her husband and daughters had, and the friends would, in turn, plan their own trips, although not for free. Mrs. C says that she feels lucky and blessed to have travelled so extensively, all because she asked about a free trip! She’s proud that her daughters were able to experience so much travel at young ages as well. When asked if she’d change anything or pick different destinations, she laughs and says that “another trip to Germany would be lovely!”

Morningside House of Friendship is proud of the amazing stories residents and staff share, as well as the relationships built as people share life stories. Amanda states that the senior community is stronger through diversity and life experiences, and she enjoys welcoming new residents, knowing their story will be another to remember! For more information on Morningside House of Friendship, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Semper Fi

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Cardinal Village resident Dorothy (Peterson) Dinnauer is known for a love for her country and a keen sense of adventure, qualities that have served her well over the years. As a young woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dorothy was quite athletic, an exceptional swimmer and tennis player, and it’s no surprise to team members at Cardinal Village to hear that Dorothy was still running 5k races well into her 80’s. Says Linda George, Director of Memory Care, “I totally believe it. I would say she’s never stopped!” Dorothy’s caregivers at Cardinal Village agree, noting that as soon as Dorothy finishes breakfast each day, she’s ready for whatever is next. Whether the activity is painting, playing bingo, listening to music, crafting or games, Dorothy is eager to participate.

Dorothy celebrated her 98th birthday at Cardinal Village on November 10th, a birthdate she is proud to share with the United States Marine Corps. Her respect for this branch of service goes well beyond the coincidence of a shared birthdate, however. She says she’s always admired what the Marines represented, noting that “I liked their way of doing business. Everything was on the up and up. You knew what you had to do and what was expected of you.” Angela Carter, Director of Sales and Marketing at Cardinal Village, says that reflects Dorothy’s personality perfectly, noting that Dorothy is always forthright and faithful, qualities Marines are known for.

When the military asked for female recruits during World War II, Dorothy knew immediately that she would volunteer, and unlike most others, she knew which branch she’d join: the Marine Corps, the one she felt she was born to be part of. Says Dorothy, “They said they needed help so I said, ‘I’ll go.’ I really wanted to help the country.” Dorothy recalls the increased sense of purpose that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor and like many others, she remembers exactly where she was when she heard the news: she was working as a secretary at Northwestern Mutual Insurance. In the aftermath of the attack that happened on December 7th, 1941, she recalls, “Families were broken apart, and people were learning about their loved ones who were gone. There were a bunch of young people who signed up right after that.” Dorothy served in the Signal Battalion from 1943 to 1946, working as a secretary in San Diego and San Francisco, processing paperwork for men returning from service in the Pacific. “They didn’t talk much about what they saw,” she recalls.

After the war, Dorothy returned to Milwaukee where she met her husband John, also a fellow Marine. She recalls that John was too shy to speak to her directly, so he would toss pebbles at her feet as she walked to the bus stop after work. John and Dorothy married and raised three children, passing on Marine Corps values and a “very strong ethical and moral fiber”, says daughter Sue. “We were taught there’s a right way and a wrong way. If you’re going to do something, you do it right or you don’t do it at all.” Retired Marine lieutenant colonel, a friend of Dorothy’s agrees, “When she talks, everybody, regardless of rank, respects her service and commitment and the fact that 70-some years later, she’s still proud she wore the eagle, globe and anchor. She has my total respect and that of so many other Marines.”

Clearly, for Dorothy, the Marine motto Semper Fi (Always Faithful) is more than a phrase, it’s a way of life.

For more information about Cardinal Village, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

A ‘Presidential’ Sandwich Shop

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Lunch at Presidential Place, a Senior Lifestyle community in Hollywood, Florida, has become a much-anticipated event, with residents lining up for a buffet-style “sandwich shop” and enjoying hand-crafted creations prepared exactly to their specifications. Like lots of pickles? Light mayo? Spicy mustard? Coming right up! One might wonder what makes these sandwiches so special, and the answer from each resident points overwhelmingly to the service!

Once a month, residents at this senior community are treated to a deli-style lunch served by the Presidential Place management team, with made-to-order sandwiches and sides. Cathleen Pinson, Director of Sales and Marketing for the community, notes, “Deli lunch is always a hit; the residents love it and so do we. It’s fun for us as managers to step away from our desks and we also get to custom create our own sandwiches and dine with the residents!”

Team members at Presidential Place enjoy the chance to share a meal with residents and love the opportunity for engagement in a relaxed setting, and residents agree wholeheartedly. Says resident Pauline, “It’s a bright, joyful change!” Resident Nancie agrees, “It’s wonderful!” Staff members call the monthly event “a fun and interactive time for residents and staff, something we hope to continue for a long time”.

Presidential Place, tucked away on a quiet residential street, offers a warm, inviting atmosphere that feels like home from the moment guests step through the front porch entrance, but the feature that makes this senior community truly unique is the relationship between residents and staff! For more information about this Senior Lifestyle community, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.