July 8, 2022

Rock Creek Senior Living Explores the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category: D&I Series

Author: Zack Haynes, Assistant Executive Director

As a company, Arrow Senior Living has made learning about and celebrating our unique differences a part of our company culture. So much so that, in recent years, it has become an extension of our core values. And for the past year, Arrow has expanded beyond yearly diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops to create Arrow’s D&I Speaker Series, which pairs special guest speakers with residents from our communities to have conversations on a wide range of topics such as mental health, PRIDE, Juneteenth, and so much more. We believe that sparking conversations on what some may believe to be sensitive topics helps to shed light on misconceptions and ultimately brings about understanding as it relates to the experiences of others. This ensures our employees and residents have the tools to build a safe place to live and work, one where a diverse group can come together and feel equally seen, heard, and included. 

At Rock Creek Senior Living, DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far was Mental Health Awareness Conversation on Self-Care with Sandy McGatha & Richard Wikoff.

This DEI is one of my favorite ones because Covid had such a big impact on the community. This one talks about how we need to take care of ourselves. We need to do things that we want to and do that what make us happy. Sometimes in life we just need to take time for ourselves, not all the time, but sometimes we need to be number one in our lives.

I think DEI is important to help people understand others better as well as talking openly about topics we may not quite understand. The questions the residents have might be questions others have as well. These videos can help us all understand each other just a little better and accept each other for who we are.

These conversations have only just begun, and I look forward to the conversations to come and all the new growth and opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward creating the greatest and safest place to work that we can!

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, Iowa 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. Nestled in the Boulder Brook Park subdivision just north of 5th Street, residents of Rock Creek enjoy a close connection with the surrounding neighborhood with tree-lined walking paths that connect directly to local family homes; just minutes away from local shopping and attractions.

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Rock Creek Senior Living

3602 NW 5TH Street

Ankeny, IA 50023

Arrow Senior Living serves and employs individuals of all faiths, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or handicap, except as limited by state and federal law.

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