The more time you spend speaking to families, caregivers and staff members at different communities, the more you realize how much a single individual can contribute to your loved one’s happiness.
When I cross paths with these unique people, it only makes sense to bring them to Inside Assisted Living and let them share their secrets.
I’d like to introduce our first guest writer.
Drum roll, please…
Welcome, Terri Glimcher!
Terri is the Activity Director for Summerville at Oak Park Assisted Living, an Emeritus Senior Living property in Clermont, Florida. For those of you not familiar with Emeritus Senior Living, they are the second largest assisted living provider with over 28,000 residents.
I asked Terri if she could write a few articles for Inside Assisted Living, because I found her work to be far ahead of anything I have seen. Her work in “life enrichment” is regarded as among the best in the country, and she has been tapped to train other assisted living communities on her techniques. Terri’s work has even been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel, something you don’t see too often in the world of elder care.
I asked Terri to share a unique program for her introduction and she wrote:
I started the “Bridging the Generations” program in our area. We are paired up with all the merchants and every local high school in town on an ongoing basis. The children come to the facility and we go to the schools to work on projects together, cook with the kids and work together to make change.
The children learn first-hand about the way things were in the 1900s and the seniors learn how life is now with the use of modern technology. They have great respect for each other. My program has been recognized many times by the Orlando Sentinel for outstanding programming for seniors.
I want to personally thank Terri for generously accepting the offer to share her knowledge with us.
Let’s give Terri a warm welcome by leaving a comment for her at the bottom of this post.