AUTHORED BY COLE STERR
Today, we are celebrating the joy of aging! Ah, joy. Whether it’s spending time with family, sharing words of wisdom with youngsters, celebrating accomplishments, or simply appreciating the roses in life, joy can be found each year we mature and grow as human beings.
Every month at our Cherrywood Pointe (CWP) community meetings, wholesome and heart-felt stories, called “mission moments,” are shared about the residents and how they are experiencing joy as they peacefully age. Let’s look at some of the most feel-good mission moments from the summer.
Jess, a staff member from Cherrywood Pointe in Minnetonka, paints rocks to resemble ladybugs so that the residents can hide them all throughout the complex, as well as the walking trails outside the community. The residents are always on the lookout for her signature pieces of art, and once found, the rocks are then hidden again by the resident that found them. The ladybug hunt throughout the facility and nearby trails also motivates the residents to go for walks and enjoy the outdoors. With each ladybug rock, Jess is instilling joy in the residents as they gracefully age while cultivating a stronger Cherrywood Pointe community.
The Power of Music
Jan, who was a Roseville Cleveland Cherrywood Pointe memory care resident and fairly non-responsive toward the end of her life, had a fervid passion for music. Her family informed the Cherrywood Pointe staff how much she enjoyed music, and the music therapist began singing to Jan in her final moments. Upon hearing the singing from the therapist, Jan started to sing along. The music therapist recorded the heartfelt event for Jan’s family and shared it with them after she had passed. The family was touched by the extra care that Cherrywood Pointe was providing for their dearest Jan and now have a wonderful, final memory of her embracing joy.
The family of Sam needed to secure a living space for their beloved family member. And Fast. The family decided to try out Cherrywood Pointe’s stay-by-the-day program units in Minnetonka, where a prospective resident can stay in a mock unit before choosing to live there. With no stay-by-the-day units available at the time, the Executive Director and staff quickly pulled some furniture together and provided Sam with an ideal living space to make him feel welcome for the weekend. Impressed and touched by the exceptional care, Sam decided the following Monday to stay at the Cherrywood Pointe community so that he could continue to embrace the joy of aging.
At the Forest Lake Cherrywood Pointe community, Fritz and Rosetta moved into the newly built apartment. Two days in, the building flooded – directly over their bed! Cherrywood Pointe took the extra steps necessary to accommodate the couple to compensate for the damages that they experienced. Since then, they have moved from independent living to assisted living, and now to memory care. The family has been over the moon that Cherrywood Pointe has been able to care for them at every stage of their joyful aging process.
Living our Mission
At United Properties, our mission is to be the best-in-class real estate provider for seniors choosing to live in community setting. We strive to ensure that the residents in our communities can experience joy as they age. Whether that’s singing to a music lover to remind her of her passion, scrambling to accommodate a prospective resident, or quickly repairing a flooded bedroom, Cherrywood Pointe continues to remain mission-focused.
While keeping our mission at the forefront of what we do, United Properties and Cherrywood Pointe can continue to strengthen communities, enrich lives, and of course, instill joy in the hearts of those we serve.
More information about Cherrywood Pointe and how its creating inspiring and vibrant senior communities can be seen on its website.