In celebration of Pride Month this June, Arrow Senior Living is looking at The Pride Flag, a symbol that is a representation of the forward movements to support and celebrate those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This important piece of the community has a meaning that is described by the colors included.
Red represents life and passion among many cultures. Orange represents healing, fun, and celebration. Yellow is a symbol for sunlight and is said to stimulate new ideas and thoughts. Green is synonymous with nature, a healing place, also associated with prosperity and growth. Blue represents serenity and calmness. Purple is the color of spirit, thought to connect us to the spiritual realm.
At The Township Senior Living Battlefield, MO, we feel most connected to blue. The spirit of the community is serenity. The Township is very family oriented and very inclusive of everyone. When you come to the community you are greeted by a lovely group of ladies who are excited to meet you and help you learn all the things we offer. The residents welcome you to sit with them, making the transition so much easier. Our residents love to include you in any activity or event we have from day one. The outpouring of love can be felt by so many. We have resident nurses that look after you, even if you don’t want to bother them. They will sit with you during sickness and when you are feeling down and even when you’re at the end of life. There is a servant’s spirit here in our community.
As Resident Services Director I strive to make this a safe place to live and work through the many activities we offer. We have exercise classes every morning. The days vary between stretching, yoga, cardio drumming, or water aerobics. I also like to include health-related and exercise events from our therapy group, EmpoweMe. The new team helps with all the physical and occupational needs of the residents. Walking clubs are a big hit here and we love to spend our time outside playing corn hole, washers, croquet, or just sitting in our beautiful new gazebo. We offer spiritual events here at the community with weekly bible study, worship services, and weekly prayer group. There is something for everyone, no matter what your needs may be.
The Diversity and Inclusion series is a hit with our residents where we learn about different topics that help us to be more inclusive of all people. We learn a lot about things we might not have known before and it’s a good conversation starter.
In our community, we know that each of our residents have come from different lifestyles and backgrounds. As such, we work to maintain that diverse culture across both residents and staff with targeted programming and staff education efforts. Arrow Senior Living has launched a resident-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) speaker series for employee and resident education. Residents interview speakers who represent some of the relevant topics of the day related to diversity, equity, and inclusion ranging from non-binary people and use of pronouns to Juneteenth history. Through our tradition’s council, which coordinates core resident and employee cultural celebrations and education, we work actively to celebrate diversity within our community. This has created a means for residents and employees to join in recognition of each other. The road ahead is to ensure that diversity and inclusion is not just an initiative. Moving forward requires necessary conversations to address discomfort and to open dialogue on important perspectives. This helps to ensure that we are providing not only an enjoyable place to retire, but one where seniors can feel enriched, safe, and excited about life!