Happy New Year to readers of The Hearth! Today, we’re counting down the five most popular posts of last year. These posts really exemplify CALA’s theme of 2016, Aspire, which challenged our members and supporters to look forward to the future we are creating for our residents, explore new ways of delivering quality care, and celebrate what has always made us great.
Assisted Living Week is the perfect time to celebrate what makes a community special for its residents and family members. This year, we shared some ideas for making Assisted Living Week truly special by looking forward to the future as well as celebrating the past. Was this number one because our members really like to plan ahead? We’re not sure, but we hope it helped with the Assisted Living Week festivities!
This post was excerpted from a longer article in the Winter 2016 issue of CALA News & Views. Exploring the amazing work of Artisan Mind and ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, the post showcases how purposeful programming enriches the lives of residents living with dementia. Click here to read the full article and learn how other providers are merging creativity with memory care.
This was the inaugural year for CALA’s grassroots program, the Advocates in Action, but the work of these two advocates…and the popularity of this post…shows that CALA members have long been dedicated to advocating on behalf of Assisted Living with policymakers and the public. Monique Dixon and Cathy Katz were honored for their relationship-building efforts in 2015, but they continued their work into 2016 as Advocates in Action team members. Congrats, again, to Monique and Cathy!
4. Aspire 2016
In this series, we profiled a range of members who are doing amazing work on behalf of current and future residents. From an innovative fall prevention program to an intergenerational concert to a sophisticated new way to track data and partner with health care providers, these stories showed that residents are really at the heart of everything we do.
And speaking of the heart of what we do, this post featuring the wise words of previous Excellence in Service Award recipients obviously touched a lot of hearts. These caregivers, and many more in communities across the state, regularly give their time and energy to serve residents with dignity and respect. Not only were their words of wisdom fitting for Random Acts of Kindness Day, but they are a perfect way to end this list!
We hope you enjoyed reading The Hearth in 2016 and that we can continue to provide you with valuable information on aging and Assisted Living in 2017. Happy New Year!