The Member Honor recognition award was received by Glenmeadow’s Life Enrichment team during the Oct. 27 annual session, which was held virtually. “LeadingAge MA wanted to use this year’s Annual Meeting to highlight the outstanding, brave, tireless efforts taking place in our membership,” the organization said.
Glenmeadow applied for the honor in September and was one of 21 received by LeadingAge Massachusetts, a nonprofit member organization for partners that serve older adults. The nomination focused on the Life Enrichment team because of the varied, new, creative programming those team members developed immediately following the onslaught of the pandemic.
“We thought first about protecting residents, and then we got imaginative because we know social isolation is as much a risk to older adults as smoking cigarettes is to anyone so we quickly reinvented what it means to engage, to play, to learn, and have fun.”
Life Enrichment team members piped in the sound of an old-fashioned ice cream cart into speakers in Glenmeadow’s hallways and delivered ice cream as residents waited in their doorways. The team members made a chain throughout the halls and sang to residents.
They also created opportunities for educational enrichment, using Glenmeadow’s in-house television station, Channel 918, to provide programming. A variety of trivia and word games, Bingo, Jeopardy, and Scrabble were played by team members and residents.
Exercise classes were also offered on Channel 918.
CEO Anne Thomas said team members was ecstatic about the LeadingAge recognition. “They felt really honored to be chosen,” she said. “It was great to get acknowledged.”
Glenmeadow is a nonprofit Life Plan Community—formerly known as a retirement community—and it has a mission to serve older adults in the Greater Springfield region, whether they live on the Longmeadow campus or in their own homes.
Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is an accredited Life Plan Community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.