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May 30, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Emma Wray, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at The Boulevard Senior Living of St. Charles, 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 Boulevard of St. Charles 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 a Vibrant and Inclusive Community Culture for Holistic Well-Being

Our approach to contributing to the community culture through meaningful events that encompass various aspects of well-being is commendable. By focusing on the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions of life, we create opportunities for residents and staff alike to thrive holistically.

The energetic and positive atmosphere our team embodies is infectious and plays a vital role in shaping the overall ambiance of the community. Our enthusiasm and passion not only uplift residents but also inspire a sense of belonging and engagement among everyone involved. This dynamic energy defies stereotypes associated with senior living. It fosters a vibrant social environment where inclusivity, involvement, and love are paramount.

The impact of a welcoming and fun culture extends beyond the community’s boundaries. It influences anyone who visits and experiences the lively atmosphere firsthand. By prioritizing residents’ enjoyment and social interaction, we foster a friendly and inclusive environment. This approach contributes significantly to creating a space where everyone feels valued, connected, and part of something special. My team is dedicated to promoting well-being and community spirit through a thoughtful and vibrant approach.

Seniors holding a sign that expresses gratitude: "Wild about our staff employee appreciation 2024."

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 Boulevard Senior Living of St. Charles.

The Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, 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 SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

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