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May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Elizabeth Keislar, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at Rock Creek 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.

A Rock Creek Senior Living resident having a wonderful morning working on a puzzle with our friends from Ankeny High School.

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 Rock Creek 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!

Creating an Inclusive and Caring Community Through Genuine Connections

I firmly believe that genuine warmth and interest can go a long way in creating a sense of inclusivity and care within our community.

Taking the time to engage with residents, staff, and family members on a personal level is more than just a gesture. It’s about building meaningful connections and reminding everyone of their value and importance. I strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels heard, seen, and appreciated. Especially for older adults who may sometimes feel isolated or overlooked.

By nurturing a warm and inviting culture, I hope to combat feelings of loneliness and reinforce the significance of each person’s story and experiences. Every individual deserves to feel loved and cherished. I’m honored to play a role in making that a reality here at Rock Creek.

 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 Rock Creek Senior Living.

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, 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 Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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