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April 19, 2024

Dispelling Senior Living Myths

Category: Senior Living

Author: Kelly Arnold, Executive Director

Arrow Senior Living is known for doing things a little differently and challenging the status quo within the industry. It’s just who we are! Even with all the technological conveniences of today such as social media and websites, it is still common to meet individuals with a skewed perception of what senior living looks like. In this blog, I want to share my senior living journey, why I remain committed to the industry, the biggest myth I believe exists, and how to help others overcome the myths surrounding our beautiful Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles community and services.

In 1997, my journey in long-term care began as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Over the years, I dedicated myself to refining my skills and broadening my expertise across various therapy settings, including home health, nursing homes, and educational environments. In 2017, propelled by a desire for further growth, I pursued and successfully obtained my Nursing Home Administrator’s License.

For me, working in long-term care transcends being just a job—it’s a genuine calling that fills me with immense joy. I cherish each moment spent with the residents I serve; they are the heartbeat of my work. Their presence brings light to my day, and I eagerly anticipate coming in each morning to bask in their warmth and wisdom.

An senior resident relaxing in a chair with a yellow eye patch during her Spa Day.

One of the most gratifying aspects of my role is the opportunity to reminisce with residents. Whether we’re delving into cherished family photographs, sharing stories from their pasts, or leafing through old magazines together, these moments of connection and shared history hold immeasurable value.

Dispelling Myths and Fostering Connections:

The Vibrant Reality of Senior Living at the Boulevard of St. Charles

A prevalent myth about senior living is the misconception that it’s a place where individuals fade away. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Despite the growing emphasis on aging in place, it’s vital to recognize the sense of engagement and companionship found within a senior community—attributes that home health services alone cannot provide.

If anything positive has emerged from the challenges posed by COVID-19, it’s the deepening bond between residents and staff. Relationships have evolved to the point where residents and staff become akin to family, offering not only care but genuine connection and support.

Larry, an elderly man in a blue shirt, and fun frog eye headband at a community event.

At the Boulevard of St. Charles, our commitment to ensuring residents remain engaged and entertained is unwavering. Renowned for our Resident Services Department’s creativity and dedication to providing exceptional experiences, we offer a diverse range of activities. From invigorating exercise programs and stimulating crafts to lively games like bingo and delightful Happy Hours, our residents have a plethora of events to choose from throughout the day. We aim to fill days and evenings with enjoyment and enrichment through a constant stream of exciting happenings.

I hope you found this helpful, and I encourage you to share it with others because here at Arrow, we are committed to reshaping the perception of senior living! Search #whatseniorlivinglookslike, and you will find so many great things that happen in our community every single day.

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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