May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Leo Carosella, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at The Plaza at 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. Unique to The Plaza at 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!

Fostering Community Growth by Embracing Residents’ Interests and Attributes

I actively contribute to our community’s culture by getting to know residents and understanding their favorite pastimes. Understanding how they integrate into our community and contribute to its familial culture is crucial. This understanding is crucial for the community’s health and growth, as well as for the well-being of other residents. I strive to focus on residents’ interests and attributes, helping them assimilate with other like-minded residents. Witnessing a new resident gain confidence and evolve into a proud ambassador for our community fosters culture and enhances community satisfaction.

Residents, regardless of age or circumstances, desire recognition, understanding, and inclusion in their community’s culture. They aim to experience joy, have fun with friends, and appreciate being seen as unique individuals.

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 Plaza at Wildwood Senior Living. 

The Plaza at Wildwood in Wildwood, MO offers independent living plus, 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. We are centrally located near Mercy Hospital with convenient access to attractions, including Pevely Farms Golf Club, B&B Theatres Wildwood 10, Wildwood Community Park, YMCA Wildwood, and the Hidden Valley Ski Resort.

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