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May 30, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Sheila Gallagher, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at Cedar Trails Senior Living, I am the energy and engagement designer of the community. My job description specifically states I am to be a “Culture Creator.” Each day, I work to set the perfect tone for our community events and resident engagements.

Providing socialization opportunities in senior living is more than just playing the beloved game of bingo. Beyond the events, essential amenities, and daily care lies the heartbeat of every community – a culture that fosters connection, purpose, and a sense of belonging.

Three happy seniors enjoying a road trip in the back of a car, savoring ice cream cones from Walton's. Pure joy on their faces!

Each monthly calendar features events tailored to the residents’ interests, focusing on key programming elements: physical, cognitive, spiritual, sensory, and social. We always celebrate major holidays in a big way, incorporating traditions from various cultures based on our residents’ backgrounds. Unique to Cedar Trails and Arrow Senior Living, each month, we also celebrate several Arrow Traditions. These include focusing on Black History Month, Mom and Pop Small Business Day, Be Kind to Humankind Week, and so many more!

Bringing Joy and Excitement Through Innovative Activities and Events

I love contributing to our community’s culture by constantly brainstorming new and exciting ideas for our residents’ enjoyment. From hosting our own version of the Olympics to organizing trips to the horse races, we’re always seeking ways to keep things fresh and entertaining. We also enjoy throwing Kentucky Derby parties. Our residents particularly enjoy playing games like Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, and Win, Lose, or Draw. They eagerly participate in our monthly crafting events. These events showcase their many hidden talents.

Culture holds immense significance in the world of senior living. It provides our residents with a sense of purpose and adds excitement to their days.

Joining in the fun at our 50's themed party, an older woman strikes a pose in front of a "retro diner" sign.

Engaging in cultural activities prevents them from spending too much time in isolation and encourages social interaction, allowing them to forge new friendships and enjoy fulfilling experiences.

Every senior living community has its own culture built around the engagement and interactions of the residents. I am proud to set the stage for socialization and events for my residents as we continue building and expanding our culture at Cedar Trails Senior Living.

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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