May 30, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Ashley Spilker, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at Hudson Grande 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. Unique to Hudson Grande 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!

Fostering Connections and Reducing Isolation Through Shared Activities

I’m deeply committed to fostering an environment where every resident feels welcomed, valued, and supported. Inclusivity and belonging are core principles that guide my efforts in creating a space where residents can thrive.

Encouraging residents to come together during meals and actively participate in community events not only strengthens our sense of community but also helps alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. I firmly believe that by breaking down barriers and facilitating connections among residents. We can create a supportive and enriching environment for everyone.

In the world of senior living, the culture of our community plays a crucial role. Particularly during the transition period when residents move into our facilities. By nurturing a home-like atmosphere where residents can build meaningful relationships and establish bonds akin to family. We enhance their quality of life and overall well-being. It’s a privilege to contribute to cultivating a culture of inclusion and warmth within our community, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact.

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 Hudson Grande Senior Living. 

Celebrating Women's History Month, a senior resident captivates children's imaginations by reading "She Persisted" in front of a crackling fireplace. The Nest Schools Hudson joined the enlightening session!

Hudson Grande Senior Living in Hudson, OH 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 Summa Health Systems with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club, Hudson First and Main, Hudson Springs Park, Hudson Historic District, Gazebo & Green, and the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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