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May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Becky Jacobs, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at The Wildwood 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.

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.

A heartwarming moment as a senior resident hugs a staff member at a table, enjoying chips and salsa at Wildwood Senior Living.

Unique to The Wildwood 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! 

I love to contribute to my community’s culture by harnessing the power of laughter. As a “Culture Creator,” I can bring joy to those around me. I thrive on finding moments of joy amidst life’s chaos.

In the realm of senior living, culture holds immense significance. It impacts quality of life, community engagement, and resident satisfaction and retention. A lively culture encourages social interaction, fosters friendships, and encourages active participation.

In front of a vividly colored backdrop, a senior living resident in a fashionable red jacket and shirt delicately holds a nativity scene decoration.

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 The Wildwood Senior Living. 

The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, MO 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 Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Twin Hills Country Club, Northpark Mall, Grand Falls, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center – National Audubon Society, Spiva Center for the Arts, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

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