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December 31, 2023

2023 Reflection on Word of the Year: Courage

Category: Senior Living

Author: Daniel Shields, Executive Director

As we wrap up 2023, we find ourselves reflecting on months past and what lies ahead with our community’s journey. 

If you recall, our Personal and Professional Development Coach, Michael “Buck” Buckley. Challenged us to pick a “Word of the Year” in January 2023. Buck asked us to look inward and consider what we need more of or what might improve our lives. The time has come to revisit our Word of the Year for 2023. To explore its impact on The Wildwood Senior Living. Whether you’ve been an active member or are just joining us, this retrospective journey invites us all to celebrate the past year.

Our community Word of the Year for 2023 was ‘courage.’ We achieved many successes throughout the year, living in line with our word and improving the community.

Reflecting on the events 2023, we witnessed the embodiment of courage in the form of remarkable new additions to our team. These individuals brought a fresh perspective, whether it was the inaugural venture into senior living for some or the discovery of a welcoming community at Wildwood Senior Living for others.

As newcomers settled into Wildwood as their newfound haven, the support from existing residents showcased courage in embracing change. Also, actively assisting others in recognizing the exceptional lifestyle that Wildwood offers.

Our outstanding team united to achieve the esteemed Joint Commission Accreditation in Assisted Living and Memory Care. Breaking new ground, our Memory Care Neighborhood made history as the first in the nation to attain Joint Commission Certification. I’m looking forward to 2024 and continuing to build on the successes and opportunities gleaned from our resident and employee satisfaction surveys.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we will carry forward the essence of our Word of the Year into 2024. The successes and strides of our community, the embodiment of our chosen word in our collective actions, are not just markers in time but a testament to the strength of this community. 

I look forward to catching our 2024 Word of the Year blog soon!

Daniel Shields, Executive Director

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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