• What do you do as a Community Life Coordinator?
Someone once called my job “Prime Minister of Fun.” I help plan and coordinate activities to engage and inspire residents. I also coordinate community presentations, health fairs and screenings. I have never once experienced boredom in the senior living community.
• What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is when a resident smiles, knowing they feel cared for and safe. I am grateful for the relationship with Grand Meadow School to host intergenerational activities. It’s exciting to have the kindergarten classes visit the Healthcare Center, give hugs to the residents, play games and continue to
come back for visits.
• How does your role help foster healthy family relationships?
My role is to help create an inviting environment where families want to visit. We have areas where they can go to watch old family movies and play cards and games together. I have areas for kids where they can color a picture, do sidewalk art, blow bubbles, or watch children’s movies with their loved one.
When you have a small care community, everyone feels like family and we all support one another.
• How do the residents at the Care Center inspire you?
I am inspired by the older adults who continue to exercise by walking the halls and trying new activities. One year, our Garden Club requested to grow radishes. With our harvest, we had a radish sandwich social. It was my first time having a radish sandwich! I love hearing their stories of how they grew up
and raised their families, survived wars, and how they saw technology change throughout their life. It is a blessing to have hear these stories to remind us to be present, live simply and be grateful for what we have.
• What did you do to make it through the Minnesota winter?
I binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and tried to organize my home. One more blizzard and I think I would have completed the 5 steps!
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