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May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Melanie McClain, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at The Princeton 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 Princeton 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!

A lively painting session with Jeanette Parsons and Kathy White! Our residents discovered hidden talents and had a blast!

Drawing from my degree in education and fine arts, I actively contribute to The Princeton’s culture. I introduce various cultural genres to the community through guest artists, entertainers, and painters. Additionally, I organize outings to local museums, zoos, and theaters. Also, invite historical speakers to enrich our experiences.

Recognizing the significance of culture in senior living, I believe in the importance of continuous learning and personal growth for all.

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 Princeton Senior Living.

The Princeton Senior Living in Lee's Summit, 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 Lees Summit Medical Center and St. Lukes East with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shamrock Hills Golf Club, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Summit Fair Shopping, Summit Woods Crossing, Legacy Park StoneHaus Farms Winery, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife, StoneHaus Winery, and Longview Lake.

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