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May 30, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Deidre Rombach, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at The Boulevard Senior Living of Wentzville, 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.

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 The Boulevard of Wentzville 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! 

Four women, senior residents, and employees, proudly pose in front of a "Thank You Nurses" banner, honoring the dedicated healthcare heroes.

Enriching Lives Through Intergenerational Connections and Community Engagement

I actively contribute to The Boulevard Wentzville’s culture by organizing intergenerational programming and involving our residents in the community. Our strong partnerships with local schools and churches play a crucial role in this endeavor. Intergenerational programming fosters social connections and strengthens our community, enriching the lives of our residents and creating an inclusive living environment.

Facilitating interactions between our residents and community partners is crucial. It allows for exchanging experiences, wisdom, and skills across different age groups. Older adults share valuable knowledge and life lessons with the younger generation while gaining new perspectives and insights themselves. Building supportive networks through these connections brings joy, laughter, and a sense of purpose that enhances everyone’s quality of life.

I firmly believe that culture is paramount in senior living. It shapes our community’s environment and influences interactions among residents, team members, families, and visitors. This influence extends to setting the tone for social dynamics, activities, and the overall atmosphere, which in turn shapes residents’ experiences, fosters relationships, and provides purpose. Additionally, culture introduces them to a diverse and vibrant lifestyle within the community.

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 The Boulevard Senior Living of Wentzville. 

The Boulevard Senior Living of Wentzville in Wentzville, MO 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. Centrally located near SSM Lake St. Louis Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bear Creek Golf Club, Wentzville Bluffs Shopping Center, Wentzville B&B Movie Theater, Quail Ridge Park, Wentzville Flea Market, and The Meadows at Lake St. Louis.

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