For Ardenwoods residents who are in need of transitioning to a living situation that requires more personalized attention for daily needs or health matters, the move is only steps away! Heather Glen Assisted Living allows Ardenwoods residents to maintain independent living while receiving care that is customized to their needs.… Read More
A Marine combat veteran and career fireman, Horton Holcombe was born Oct.20,1930 to Juliet and Edmund Holcomb in Westfield, MA. He grew up in Simsbury, CT where his father was a chauffeur and worked for the water company. His Mom was a housewife who took pride in filling 1st Aid kits during WWII among other activities. He and his 2 older brothers, fraternal twins, played sports and had fun growing up in a small American town.… Read More
When you ask the residents at Ardenwoods to describe our staff, they use words like “good friends,” “caring, responsive, and just plain good people,” and “devoted.” As part of a way of showing their appreciation, residents raise money throughout the year and gift it in December to our dedicated staff. These gifts act in lieu of tips, since Ardenwoods has a no tipping policy.
Normally, a large Employee Appreciation Party is held in December, when staff and residents gather together to enjoy food and each other’s company. This year, of course, we weren’t able to gather as a group, but that didn’t stop the love! Instead, residents masked up and sat at tables, where our staff came to pick up their monetary gifts. The staff then created a “thank you” video for residents to watch.
It just goes to show that no matter what life throws at us, we’re a community that can still find ways to come together – even if it’s socially distanced!
Like many, we at Ardenwoods are doing all that we can to creatively integrate holiday memories in a safe yet meaningful way. Our Community Life Services Director, Kari, and her team have pulled off quite an ambitious feat. A riddle was shared on our activities calendar and throughout the month, activities and surprises were planned corresponding to a different gift given during the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each of the resident-led committees had a chance to shine throughout the month. Here are all the fun things we’ve done to celebrate, from eggnog ice cream to swans in the swimming pool! … Read More
It’s the season to be jolly! Social distancing didn’t stop us from making merry at our Annual Tree Decorating Event in early December. Residents and staff decorated trees in our lobby and the dining room with festive ornaments.
We were thrilled to have some of our new residents celebrate with us for the first time! Margaret B. and Melanie H. graciously loaned us some of their treasured personal decorations. Margaret’s beautiful Nativity crèche and Melanie H.’s lovely Snow Village were arranged on tabletops, filling our rooms with holiday cheer. We were especially thankful this past year for the camaraderie we enjoy at special events like these and look forward to continuing to celebrate the New Year safely.