5 Reasons to Love Living in Ellington, Connecticut

Ellington, Connecticut, is a tiny town about 77 miles outside Boston and 18 miles from Hartford.

Nestled in the Connecticut River Valley and set against the backdrop of the Shenipsit State Forest, Ellington is best known for its roots as an agricultural community and remains one of the largest agricultural production towns in Connecticut.

In recent years, Ellington has also become known as a resort community thanks to the Crystal Lake section of town, which was, for a while, a popular summer resort location. Today, about 15,725 people call Ellington home, giving it the sixth-fastest growth rate of all the towns in Connecticut.

So, what is there to love about living in Ellington?

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Topics: Activities and Recreation, Amenities and Features

How Do I Deal with the Guilt of Moving My Parent to Assisted Living?

As your parents age, there are a lot of emotions you’ll probably experience. Maybe you feel resentment toward siblings who are not helping provide care. Perhaps you feel lonely because the longer you are a caregiver, the more isolated you become.

One of the common emotions Carrie Wilson sees in her role as memory care director of Reflections at Ivy at Ellington is guilt.

“For the majority of the population, most seniors would choose to remain in their home and be self-sufficient, and their family would choose to remain a loving family and make that happen for them,” Wilson says. “We see families in those stages of having their life change, and that brings on different emotions — guilt being one of them.”

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Topics: Activities and Recreation, Reflections Memory Care

Will Memory Care Be Too Stressful for My Parent with Dementia?

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, you might start to notice them behaving in ways that surprise you.

Maybe your mom once loved listening to James Brown, but now anytime loud or energetic music comes one, she seems more agitated than inspired. Or perhaps your dad was always up for a dinner party, but now when 6 p.m. rolls around, he becomes impatient, even unruly.

So how, you might be asking yourself, how will they fare in a memory care community, where there are a lot of stimulating things going on?

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Topics: Reflections Memory Care, Amenities and Features

From Hotel to Assisted Living Hospitality

For 11 years, Lindsay Redin worked as a front office manager for big box hotels in downtown Boston. Empathetic and caring, Redin loved interacting with guests as they arrived tired from their travels and was willing to go above and beyond to make the guests happy. But the hours were tough, and when Redin and her husband decided they wanted to adopt a child, she knew it was time for a change.

Redin grew up in Western Massachusetts and knew her cousin was running a successful family business in the area. Her cousin? Sara Robertson, co-owner of The Arbors.

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories

Finding the Right Assisted Living for Mom

Michelle Branco knew that, as an only child, she and her husband, Ken, would be the ones to take on the caregiving responsibilities for her mom, Marie Munger, after her dad passed in June 2018.

When the Brancos asked Marie what she wanted to do — stay in Texas, where she had spent the past 30 years, or move to Connecticut to be near them — she said she wanted to closer to family. “Mom’s main goal was to be within striking distance of her daughter and I,” Ken says.

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Topics: Resident Feature Stories

Family Owned Leads to Family First Philosophy

Bianca Syriac’s day starts with Sesame Street and a muffin. The Sesame Street is for her 1 1/2-year-old son Oliver; the muffin for her. She drops Oliver off at The Arbors Kids at East Longmeadow and then drives south LuAnn’s Bakery & Cafe, where she picks up a $1 coffee, before heading to the office.

As the marketing director at The Ivy at Ellington, Syriac is dedicated to the health and wellness of the residents. On a typical day at work, she:

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories

The 2,000 Mile Move That Changed My life

Marie Munger and her husband, Bob, spent 64 years together going on adventures, moving from Rhode Island to Texas for work — he a financial manager, she a med tech — and raising their daughter, Michelle.

When Bob passed in June 2018, Marie moved from Texas to The Reflections at The Ivy at Ellington to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Ken, who live nearby.

“I felt right at home right away,” Marie says. “I love my room. It’s a little apartment all my own.”

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Topics: Resident Feature Stories

Resident Care Director Brings 30 Years of Experience to The Ivy

The feeling of excitement and the thrill of starting a new journey can be hard to describe to others — unless you’re right there along with them. A place to start fresh and have your input valued is wonderful, and Marty Sawyer, Resident Care Director at The Ivy at Ellington is feeling just that. She’s excited to be a part of a new assisted living and memory care community from the very start.

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories

"Working in Memory Care, my true calling"

Caring for residents in memory care often requires a tender heart and the ability to relate and understand the feelings that their families are also going through during this transition time. Guilt. Anger. Frustration. The list goes on.

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories, Reflections Memory Care

"A good meal can change a bad day"

Eating food is a normal part of anyone’s day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are the designated times for you to sit down and enjoy a meal, usually with family, friends or co-workers. It’s a habit many of us don’t put much thought into.

But to Kenneth MacDonald, Dining Services Director at The Ivy at Ellington, eating a meal is much more than just sitting down and chewing your food — it’s an experience. And he’s looking forward to giving the assisted living and memory care residents at Ivy at Ellington a wonderful experience, every time they come to the dining room for a meal.

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories, Dining

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