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January 6, 2023

The Wildwood Senior Living Spreads the Word of the Year

Category: Senior Living

Author: Dan Shields, Executive Director

Every year Arrow’s personal and professional development coach, Michael Buckley, asks everyone to pick a “Word of the Year.” The goal is to look inward and consider what we each need more of and what might improve our lives. Sometimes we need more focus or clarity. Sometimes we need more compassion. Sometimes we just need more fun!

Picking a word for both me and my community is a commitment to doing work on yourself and the “we” and “us” work we want to do as a community.

Looking back on 2022, with a dedicated team and engaged residents, we set high standards. The Wildwood Senior Living earned a top 25 spot in US News and World Report for resident satisfaction in independent, assisted and memory care. The community also earned top recognition in Readers’ Choice Favorites of the Four States in independent living and assisted living and earned certification as a Great Place to Live and Great Place to Work.

Now, looking forward to 2023, what The Wildwood needs is courage. It takes courage to start a new job and learn new skills. It takes courage to make a difference in a resident’s life. It takes courage to open your heart and connect with residents and employees. To be a resident advocate, it takes phenomenal courage. Courageous employees defend the dignity of others. Residents are courageous when they embark on a new journey to make a new home in a new environment.

We will continue the momentum of being courageous in the daily interactions by defending the dignity of residents and co-workers. We will discuss what it means to be courageous in monthly meetings and orientations. And we will continue to hire for heart and train for skill.

What is YOUR WORD? I hope you will pick one too. What does your life need a little more of in 2023? What does “future you” thank you for working on now? Our words are meant to inspire us. If it is not inspiring, it’s not the right word.

And if you are reading this, please hold us accountable. When you visit The Wildwood Senior Living or come to town hall, ask us what our word of the year is and what have we done to support it.

Please look forward to the December 2023 blog where we tell you all the ways we lived in line with our word of the year and all the ways it helped improve our community.

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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