Celebrating the Successes of The Longest Day

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The Longest Day has come to another successful close, and at Senior Lifestyle we’re proud of the efforts shown by team members, residents and families to raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you rode a bike, baked a cake or hosted an event, you made a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and we salute you! The Longest Day is all about love, and on the summer solstice, our communities teamed up to show love for those facing the disease with celebrations across the country. With 106 Senior Lifestyle teams and 266 participants, we found joyful and unique ways to support the cause of the Alzheimer’s Association.

What happens now? The Alzheimer’s Association will update fundraising totals for The Longest Day and post on their website; we’ll keep collecting donations and add to those totals as our communities prepare for the next fundraiser, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which takes place in the fall. In the meantime, Senior Lifestyle communities will continue to provide exceptional care for our residents and families to fulfill our vision to become the trusted leader in senior living services by creating great places to work and great places to live.

As always at Senior Lifestyle, we’ll be setting our goals even higher for next year, not only within our company, but within the surrounding communities as well. We’re proud to be a Global Partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to end Alzheimer’s and proud of the work we do to support those in our communities who face Alzheimer’s. We’ll continue to offer exceptional memory care, looking forward to the day when it is no longer a need. To learn more about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, make a donation to support The Longest Day, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

National Nursing Assistant Week

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National Nursing Assistant Week is June 14-21. At Senior Lifestyle, we recognize the vital role of those who provide hands-on care in our communities. We invite you to join us in celebrating National Nursing Assistant Week as we honor direct care staff and their contributions to the well-being of our residents and their families. Our service culture truly begins with these dedicated team members and is defined by this family-first philosophy. This culture is what guides our mission to provide the best service and care from the very beginning. 

Direct care workers help to create a positive, caring environment for residents, families and fellow team members every day by fostering independence, building lasting relationships, and becoming trusted advocates for those in their care. For many residents, nursing assistants are the “face of the community.” Nursing assistants are oftentimes a source of comfort and familiarity as the resident transitions to new living arrangements and becomes accustomed to new daily routines and interactions with other residents and staff.  

At Senior Lifestyle, we believe that nursing assistants are the glue that holds our communities together. Since we believe that our success begins with our people, we look for those who truly model our Senior Lifestyle vision: Every day, Senior Lifestyle’s caring team members purposefully brighten and enrich the lives of those we service with dedication to our core values. What are those core values? They are Hospitality, Excellence, Appreciation, Respect and Teamwork, values we see at work in our communities daily. 

Senior Lifestyle invites you to see for yourself the immeasurable value our nursing assistants bring to the lives of our residents. Visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com to schedule a tour of a community in your area and you’ll understand why we value these team members so highly! 

Be a Part of the Longest Day

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to go purple to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. At Senior Lifestyle, we support The Alzheimer’s Association’s commitment to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s by participating in The Longest Day, a fundraiser that focuses on participants doing what they love to raise money for researching treatments and a cure for this disease. 

Senior Lifestyle participates in The Longest Day in ways unique to each individual community. From vendor fairs to family fun days to raffles and silent auctions, each group of team members, residents and families offer fun ways to support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association: “To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.” 

At Senior Lifestyle we’re proud to promote The Longest Day and we encourage our communities to reach out to the surrounding areas to join in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. There’s still so much to be done, but we are confident that with heightened awareness and fundraising efforts we can achieve the vision of the Alzheimer’s Association: A world without Alzheimer’s. 

Still wondering about The Longest Day? There’s still time to participate! Contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or visit our website to find the Senior Lifestyle community closest to you and learn about The Longest Day events in your area, then make a vow to make every minute of The Longest Day count! 

Go Purple to End Alzheimer’s

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The Longest Day is almost here and we at Senior Lifestyle are honored to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission and to once again be a Global Partner in this year’s The Longest Day event. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and to provide support to the residents, families, and communities that call Senior Lifestyle home. As of today, we’ve raised over $11,000 toward our $50,000 goal!  

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to GO PURPLE to end Alzheimer’s, and at Senior Lifestyle, we’re proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for crucial research into Alzheimer’s Disease, research that we know will one day reveal a cure for this disease. Show your support in June by wearing purple, raising awareness on social media, and sharing your personal stories.  

From the Alzheimer’s Association: “Get a head start on turning Facebook purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June. Add our #ENDALZ frame to your profile picture. Simply click ‘Try it’ under the photo below or search “Alzheimer’s Association” at this link: facebook.com/profilepicframes. 

At Senior Lifestyle, our commitment to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside those on this journey is also a personal one. Like so many others around the country, our employees are personally impacted by this disease; we are sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of people battling Alzheimer’s. One team member summarized this impact perfectly when they said, “Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life. From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.” Our participation in The Longest Day is for our family, and Senior Lifestyle’s way of uniting to support the families around the nation so that no family is alone in their fight. 

The Longest Day is all about love, and at Senior Lifestyle we hope you’ll join us in showing love for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s, not only those with the disease but those who provide support as well. Choose an activity, find a team, make a donation, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. For more information about how we celebrate The Longest Day at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

The Longest Day

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Time flies when you’re having fun, and The Longest Day is all about fun for a worthy cause. Around the country and around the world, teams will participate in events, raise awareness, and donate funds to the fight against Alzheimer’s on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. The Alzheimer’s Association provides ideas for activities on their homepage, encouraging participants to “Do something you love — or honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby. From swimming to scrapbooking, you’re limited only by your imagination.” Every day in our communities, our team members show their dedication and compassion for our residents and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and at Senior Lifestyle we’re honored to continue that dedication, supporting the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association by participating in The Longest Day. 

Last year our Senior Lifestyle teams participating in The Longest Day event raised nearly double the amount of our fundraising goal of $50,000. From bowl-a-thons and bake-offs to gala events with silent auctions, our teams created activities that truly made time fly. Once again, Senior Lifestyle is proud to be a Global Partner in the fight against Alzheimer’s and with 19 teams and 39 participants so far, we expect our efforts this year to be just as spectacular!  

As a leading national provider of independent living, assisted living, and memory care, Senior Lifestyle is committed to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside those on this journey. Like so many others around the country, our employees are personally impacted by this disease; we are sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of people battling Alzheimer’s. One team member summarized this impact perfectly when they said, “Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life. From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.” 

Mark your calendar for June 21st and join us at Senior Lifestyle as we raise funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to join a team, participate in an event, or simply make a monetary donation to add your voice to those working to raise awareness and end Alzheimer’s! To learn more about how we’re supporting The Longest Day in a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

INTERGENERATIONAL EVENT AT THE CARLISLE PALM BEACH

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The Carlisle Palm Beach, a Senior Lifestyle community known for resort-style living just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, provides exceptional care and amenities in a family-oriented environment where residents and team members form lasting friendships. Providing Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, the community fosters an atmosphere of interaction and enrichment with activities designed to cater to each resident’s personal interests, whether they enjoy strolling on the local beaches or shopping in the upscale establishments on Worth Avenue. Executive Director Chris Kochan shares, “The interactions with residents and the opportunity to listen to their histories is truly priceless. There’s an incredible amount of energy here from both the staff and residents, and I love being a part of the family we’ve built here at the Carlisle.” He says the Carlisle also stands out because of the sense of “home” the Carlisle family creates for everyone who enters.

The family environment in the community is a key component of The Carlisle Palm Beach’s care, and that family environment will be evident on February 2nd when The Carlisle Palm Beach hosts an intergenerational event for residents and staff, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The event, designed to give children of team members of The Carlisle Palm Beach an opportunity to envision themselves in the workplace, is highly anticipated by staff and residents alike. Director of Sales and Marketing Jillian Castellano shares, “I have worked at The Carlisle since 2007 and this is the first year I have a child that is of school age and able to participate in this day.  I have looked forward to this since the day I started working here.  Having your child being able to see what you love to do every day can never match you talking about it.” Independent Living resident Theresa Colandreo echoes that sentiment, noting, “I love when I am around children. They make me feel young again.  It will be so nice to have the staff’s children spending the day with us.”

While Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is typically celebrated in April, that date coincides with standardized testing in the Palm Beach County School District, so the district is encouraging businesses to share their workplace practices with students in February. The Carlisle Palm Beach has a busy day planned for its special guests at this special intergenerational event on February 2nd, with breakfast, a petting zoo, lunch with residents, arts and crafts, and a magic show to round out the day of work with Mom or Dad. For more information about The Carlisle Palm Beach, or to schedule a tour of the community, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Shoreline of Clinton

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The Shoreline of Clinton, newly remodeled in 2015, is a unique senior community providing award-winning Memory Care in a serene setting built to meet the specific needs and wants of each resident. Located in close proximity to New Haven on the southern Connecticut shoreline, the community seeks to add to their current staff of dedicated team members who are passionate about creating an enriching lifestyle for Memory Care residents. Executive Director Kimberly Oliver states, “We are excited to meet with local job-seekers to share opportunities in our community, including key roles such as Memory Care Director, as well as Activities and Care staff. We encourage recent graduates of C.N.A. and L.P.N. programs to visit with our team to learn more about The Shoreline of Clinton and our award-winning approach to Memory Care.”

The community will host a job fair on Tuesday, January 16th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, with opportunities for job-seekers to meet with the management team and interview for open positions in the community. Candidates are encouraged to bring resumes and copies of any current licensure if applying for clinical positions. Says Oliver, “We look forward to meeting with applicants who share our commitment to exceptional Memory Care and who are seeking careers with personal and professional fulfillment.”

With events, activities and outings tailored exclusively to the needs of Memory Care residents, The Shoreline of Clinton focuses on providing an enriching, fulfilling lifestyle in a homelike atmosphere. With a secure walking path, outdoor courtyard and patio, residents can enjoy moving freely throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces of the community, while families can rest assured that loved ones are thriving in a secure setting that fosters independence and enrichment. Lisa, daughter of resident Marie, shares that her mother is enjoying her home at The Shoreline of Clinton, stating, “She participates in everything.” Lisa also notes of the community, “It turned out to be absolutely perfect for my mom and it was a miracle. I can breathe again. This place is small and feels like home.”

Upcoming events at The Shoreline of Clinton:

  • Wine Tasting & Workout – Thursday, January 11th at 6:30 pm – Join tasting workouts at wine stations throughout the community! Call 860-669-9300 to reserve your glass!
  • Refresh & Reboot – Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm – Start the year off on the right foot with a space for relaxation and a mani/pedi! Call 860-669-9300 to step into serenity!

If the prospect of a fulfilling career and the opportunity to work with a dedicated, passionate team of professionals interests you, please plan to attend the job fair on January 16th. For more information about Memory Care at The Shoreline of Clinton or to learn more about any of our upcoming events, please call 860-669-9300 or visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Happy New Year!

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The new year is almost here, and at Senior Lifestyle we can’t think of a better way to “ring in the new” than by expressing our gratitude to those who keep our communities running smoothly day after day and year after year, from the vital behind-the-scenes team members to the frontline, first-contact staff who strive to make the first impression exceptional for residents, guests and families.

Many thanks to the personal care and nursing staff in our communities, providing peace of mind for residents and families who know that clinical needs will be met in a caring professional manner. Thank you for treating our residents with dignity and respect while providing a compassionate listening ear and the expertise to manage medical needs from simple to complex.

Kudos to the dining teams in each community for making mealtimes an event to be eagerly anticipated with delicious offerings and an unmatched atmosphere. Every member of the dining team strives to make the dining experience an exceptional one for residents, families and guests; we see their dedication on display every day.

Maintenance and housekeeping staff in our communities are truly the glue that keeps everything together and moving forward. Their care and dedication is evident to everyone who enters, as they keep each community sparkling and perform tasks that make our residents’ lives easier and hassle-free.

No community would be complete without an imaginative, creative and energetic activity staff! From weekly craft projects to well-planned outings, these dedicated team members provide a creative outlet for residents as well as a vibrant social scene, always working to find ways to include every resident in the fun.

Management teams in each community deserve thanks for their leadership and for guiding and mentoring staff. Their role in helping to develop skills that advance careers and open doors to opportunities at every level of employment is vital. Many thanks to our marketing and sales teams, who are dedicated to helping families find the lifestyle that works for them and identifying ways to help them achieve that lifestyle. Their guidance has made the difference for countless families!

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to thank our residents and families for their confidence in us, and for their inspiration. They are the heart of what we do and we pride ourselves on meeting and exceeding their expectations with every interaction, every event, and every activity, every day. We are honored to be a part of their lives.

We at Senior Lifestyle wish you the happiest of New Years! For information about any of our communities, to schedule a tour, or to learn more about joining our team, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Hospice Month

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Senior Lifestyle recognizes hospice care as a vital component of person-centered senior care, and while we realize the subject of hospice is often fraught with both emotion and confusion, we feel that this often-misunderstood facet of senior care is a valuable option that many families don’t explore because of the misconceptions surrounding it. This year’s theme for Hospice Month, “It’s About How You Live”, sheds light on the purpose and aim of hospice: a focus on caring instead of curing, allowing patients with life-limiting illnesses to navigate their end-of-life journey with dignity and compassionate care.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization shares some history about hospice care, noting that the first modern hospice, St. Christopher’s Hospice, was created in suburban London by physician Dame Cicely Saunders. Saunders began working with terminally ill patients in 1948 and coined the term “hospice” to describe specialized care provided for dying patients. In 1963, while serving as a guest lecturer at Yale University, Dame Saunders introduced the concept of hospice care to medical students, nurses, social workers and chaplains. Pointing to photographic evidence of terminal patients with their families, she showed the dramatic improvement brought about by providing symptom control care. Hospice care as we know it today is a direct result of this lecture.

Six important points to know about hospice from NHPCO:

  1. Hospice care is usually provided in the home – wherever the patient calls home. This includes assisted living communities and other long-term-care settings.
  2. Hospice cares for people with any kind of life-limiting illness. Patients of every age and religion can access hospice care.
  3. Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health plans and HMOs.
  4. Hospice is not limited to six months of care. Patients and families are encouraged to contact a hospice provider when they receive a terminal diagnosis instead of waiting until the “last days” to benefit from all that hospice care has to offer. Pain management and symptom control offer significant physical benefits for patients as well as increased quality of life.
  5. Hospice is not “giving up”; rather the focus is on caring, not curing. Hospice organizations are also trained to help family members cope with the emotional aspects of caring for a terminally ill loved one, as well as the grieving process when that loved one passes.
  6. Anyone can contact hospice – so call your local program to learn if hospice is right for you or your loved one. Each hospice provider in an area may do things slightly differently, so choose an organization based on your needs. Many hospitals and skilled care facilities can offer suggestions or information on hospice care.

Senior Lifestyle communities welcome hospice organizations as care partners and recognize the incredibly vital service they provide not only for our residents but their families as well. Our communities partner with hospice organizations to provide care for our residents who choose to walk their end-of-life journey with us; we are honored to do so. To learn more about services and lifestyle options at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Circle of Friends

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On Sunday, September 17th, Atrium Village residents widened their circle of friends, hosting an intergenerational event at the community that included members of The Friendship Circle, a local organization for children and young adults with special needs. Approximately 30 senior residents from Atrium Village, and 15-20 youngsters from The Friendship Circle joined together to make special challah bread to commemorate the Jewish New Year which begins on Wednesday evening September 20, 2017. The Friendship Circle leadership team taught both young and old participants about the holiday, and provided them with a special recipe to make their own bread. At the end of the program, the community baked each loaf, providing each resident with a special treat to commemorate the event.

Friendship Circle Program Director Chana Solomon said, “We want to thank the Atrium Village for this beautiful opportunity to link generations and form meaningful friendships!”

The philosophy of The Friendship Circle is one of inclusion, stating “Everyone in this world has a unique purpose. When we focus on abilities instead of disabilities, those with special needs can be part of the strongest friendships and influence people in positive ways that others can’t. Unwavering acceptance, positive thinking, honesty, and commitment are just a few of the important lessons these individuals teach by example.” The organization aims to create meaningful friendships between volunteers and children with special needs, increasing confidence and redefining worldviews for both parties, a goal that Atrium Village is delighted to share.

Reuben Rosenfeld, Executive Director of Atrium Village, noted, “Atrium Village was honored to host this intergenerational event, bringing our residents and The Friendship Circle together for an event that held special meaning for everyone. We look forward to hosting events like this on a monthly basis.”

Residents of Atrium Village shared how much they enjoyed having young people join them to participate in an activity, noting that they look forward to the next event with The Friendship Circle. By all accounts, it looks as if this friendship is built to last!

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