Each year, Assisted Living Week kicks off with Grandparents Day, the second Sunday of September. Last month, Assisted Living communities throughout California connected with their communities through celebrations that brought together residents, staff members, family, and friends.
Whittier Place was awash in color during Assisted Living Week last month, according to marketing director Anna Ward. Ward shared that each day was set aside to honor a different facet of the community, and everyone wore a special color symbolizing those facets. For instance, she says, “Monday we had a BBQ out in our courtyard with entertainment and encouraged everyone to wear white in honor of our residents. Tuesday we had a Taco Truck for Taco Tuesday and encouraged everyone to wear yellow in honor of our friendships.” Thursday, the color was orange in honor of staff members, and Friday, it was purple for the community’s memory care residents.
In addition to expressing the vibrancy of the community through color, Whittier Place also honored the first responders of the community-at-large. Ward shares that staff and residents “brought lunch to our local fire station to honor our first responder heroes.” And on Wednesday, she says, they commemorated a very important aspect of Assisted Living: the uniqueness and individuality of each person that makes up the community. “Wednesday we celebrated National Odd Day and encouraged everyone to wear something “odd” to celebrate our individual uniqueness. We had a fun filled, jam packed week here at Whittier Place Senior Living!”
Thank you to the Assisted Living providers across the state who offer a valuable service to California’s seniors and make their lives better every day. How did you celebrate Assisted Living Week in your community?