Driven to Care

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What does it mean to engage in a service culture? At Senior Lifestyle, it means that our top priority is and always will be the well-being of our residents and their families, a goal represented in our mission and core values. Service culture is a guiding principle at every level of our organization, informing decisions large and small in every community, with every interaction, every day. 

Our Vision: 

To become the trusted leader in senior living services by creating great places to work and great places to live. 

We actively recruit individuals who reflect our mission and who model our core values, sharing our passion for collaboration and innovation in senior care. Our core values serve as the foundation of every Senior Lifestyle community, a shared value system that each team member uses to guide and define their interactions with fellow team members, residents and families.  

Our Mission: 

Every day, Senior Lifestyle’s caring team members purposefully brighten and enrich the lives of those we service with dedication to our core values: 

Hospitality 

Excellence 

Appreciation 

Respect 

Teamwork 

Core values are truly the HEART of each community. By providing an atmosphere of hospitality to each person with whom we interact and pursuing excellence in every facet of our care, we provide an unmatched environment for our residents and families. Showing appreciation for the efforts of every team member and respect for diversity and the contributions of every individual result in an atmosphere of teamwork. 

At Senior Lifestyle, our passion is promoting an environment of exceptional care, compassion and collaboration in every community. We believe that this embodiment of service culture results in an unmatched experience for our residents and families as well as our team members. To learn more about Senior Lifestyle communities in your area please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Welcome Back, JoAnne Morhland

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If walls could talk, they would reveal a legacy of love infused into the framework of Eagle Springs Memory Care. To be exact, messages of love and compassion that were written on the 2x4s and hidden beneath the drywall during construction in 1999. These messages were signed with care by JoAnne Mohrland, her daughter, and a group of new employees who were passionate and hopeful for the possibility-filled future of a memory care community in Walla Walla. This is just one of the special memories that is a daily reminder to JoAnne Mohrland that she is exactly where she needs to be; purposefully ending her career where it started as the Executive Director of Eagle Springs Memory Care.

 

JoAnne Morhland was with Eagle Springs from day one, supported by owners that trusted her drive and passion. She instilled the love she has for senior care into the very heart of the Eagle Springs community and as she joins this family again, she has a lifetime of experience and memories to help guide her, the staff, and the residents into the bright future of memory care.

 

“I am so happy to be back, pouring love into this community. Out of hundreds of residents and communities I have helped during my career, Eagle Springs has always had a special place in my heart. Walking through these halls just feels right,” said JoAnne.

 

It didn’t have to turn out so perfectly. After retiring in January of this year, JoAnne Mohrland had set her sights on some much-deserved vacations. However, a serendipitous phone call made her have a change of heart, and location. Upon hearing that Eagle Springs Memory Care needed an Executive Director, Joanne knew that she was the right person for the job. So, did the staff that anxiously awaited her return.

 

“When I heard JoAnne was coming back, I was so excited. I knew that we would be supported and appreciated in our jobs and that the residents would have everything they needed. She truly cares about both the staff and the residents. She often leads our residents in song and knows each of them by name. It is like she is giving the community a big hug,” said Veronica Manis.

 

The future is bright for Eagle Springs with renovations underway and new programs on the horizon. A newly-appointed Maintenance Director has begun updating equipment, fixtures, and décor. Plus, the Eagle Springs Memory Care community has recently implemented embraceTM Memory Care. This award-winning program provides opportunities for dementia residents to find more joy and connection through special moments in their lives.

 

“I relive happy memories every time I walk these halls. I love that I am again helping local families find comfort and hope. I couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling role or a more wonderful community. Both Eagle Springs and Walla Walla have given me such a warm welcome back. It truly feels like everything has come full circle,” says JoAnne.

See For Yourself – Tour A Senior Lifestyle Community

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At Senior Lifestyle, we want your first impression to be a great one, so when you step through the door of any Senior Lifestyle community for your first tour, we strive to meet and exceed your expectations. We understand that making decisions about a loved one’s care can be stressful for all involved, so our goal is to make each step of your senior housing journey seamless and hassle-free.  

Not sure what to expect when you tour a senior community? Our list can help! 

What can I expect when I visit a Senior Lifestyle community? 

  • You can expect a professionally trained sales team whose main goal is to understand your situation and create options for you and your loved ones. We’ll ask questions about your senior housing search to gain an understanding of your unique interests and your care needs so that we can address those needs. 
  • You can expect a tour of our community tailored to your needs and interests. We want you to enjoy your new home, and the best way to do that is to discover activities and social settings that are of interest to you. Whether you enjoy bingo, music, arts and crafts, or outings to nearby attractions, we have something for everyone and we’ll make sure we highlight what interests you on your tour. 
  • You can expect to meet some of the team members you’ll see daily as a resident. We want you to feel comfortable and welcomed, and those familiar faces will be available to help you with your daily needs. You may even meet a soon-to-be new neighbor on your tour! 
  • You can expect the utmost in professionalism. We understand that looking for senior housing can be daunting and the process can be confusing, especially when you’re comparing communities, amenities, pricing and location. We’ll do our very best to help you make sense of your options so you can make the most well-informed choice possible, whether that choice is our community or another on your list.  
  • You can expect clear, easy-to-understand financial and payment information. Our aim is to assist you in finding and attaining the lifestyle you choose. Your financial health is as important to us as your physical and emotional well-being, and we’ll provide information on any benefits available to help you afford the lifestyle you’re looking for. 

Each Senior Lifestyle community has a highly trained, skilled sales and marketing team with the expertise to help guide a family through their unique journey to senior living. To learn more about what a Senior Lifestyle community in your area has to offer or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com. 

Raising Their Voices: Music Is Connecting Residents to New Possibilities

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Music has a unique ability to spread joy and bridge barriers. The special magic of song has taken root in one of Senior Lifestyle’s premier communities and is shaping the future possibilities for resident programming in the company and beyond. The Village Voices is an inspiring dementia-inclusive acapella choir consisting of seniors from the Independent, Assisted, and Memory Care communities at Atrium Village in Owing Mills, Maryland. Created as a therapeutic tool for residents with dementia, this program has been expanded to include residents from all backgrounds and abilities. This successful program is a testament to the power of music, helping residents – even those with advanced dementia – find joy and connection through the gift of song.

 

Inspired by positive responses to music during individual therapy sessions with dementia patients, the community’s Speech and Language Pathologist, Ellen Fromm had an idea. She approached Activities Director, Joelle Campbell about creating a larger choir among all of Atrium Village’s community residents. An enthusiast “Yes!” followed, and so did the creation of one of the community’s most beloved programs.

 

Co-creators Ellen and Joelle knew they were onto something special from the first day. They watched friendships blossom within their group, most importantly without regard to member’s care level or cognitive ability. Practices often saw more abled persons turning pages for Memory Care residents, and concerned friends asking about others unable to participate that day. They were amazed to see Memory Care residents who often paced or became agitated, sit for long periods of time, engaged and enjoying their moment of song. And they continually saw their residents find a connection to their past and with each other; spending many moments reminiscing as a group about their pasts, friends, and family.

 

Careful to create an environment where everyone can participate and feel connected, the leaders use clinical tools and research to help involve every resident in the choir’s activities. They choose traditional, familiar songs to help engage the resident’s long-term memory, understanding that for many learning new words and tunes is not possible. The group’s practices encourage interaction among the participants giving them plenty of time to chat and connect; with Ellen and Joelle believing the social, emotional, and physical stimulus of being part of the group is just – if not more – important than the songs themselves. And finally, Ellen and Joelle along with their community leadership, seek out opportunities for the residents to perform within The Atrium Village community as well as the larger Baltimore area, knowing that these types of events provide fulfillment and a sense of purpose for their residents.

 

The positive response from the involved residents, The Atrium Village community, and the resident’s family and friends has been immediate and overwhelming. The group has forty members and interest in the program and its potential in other communities is growing. The Village Voices have been able to hold several holiday concerts within the community, have performed at Ellen’s wedding, and are slated for a performance at Artscape on July 21st in Baltimore.

 

Atrium Village and its care team are so happy to start educating the greater community about this program! They hope to encourage more music and interaction in senior programming and share a little of the joy and connection being felt throughout their own Atrium Village Senior Living Community.

 

Find out more about Atrium Village and Senior Lifestyle’s award-winning programs today!

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.