How to Work with Staff to Make the Move to Assisted Living Stress-free

Moving into an assisted living facility involves major changes in a senior’s life. From downsizing and selling the house to making Mom’s new apartment feel like home and helping Dad adjust, it’s normal to be concerned that your parents — and even possibly you — will struggle when moving to a new place.  

Fortunately, you’re not on your own. The assisted living team members are there to make moving easier, says Jonathan Athanas, executive director of The Arbors at Dracut.

“We hold your hand through everything and make sure everything goes smoothly,” he says.

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Topics: Amenities and Features, Employee Feature Stories

In Sickness and  in Health: Peg & Hank Make the Arbors at Dracut Their New Home

Nearly 60 years ago, Peg and Hank promised to be true to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, all the days of their lives. So when Hank was diagnosed with cancer and living at home became more and more challenging, they started searching for assisted living communities that accommodated couples.

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Topics: Resident Feature Stories

5 Reasons to Love Living in Dracut, Massachusetts

Dracut is located in northeastern Middlesex County about 28 miles north of Boston. Home to 30,188 people, Dracut is known for its rural landscapes and handsome historic houses. But in recent years, Dracut has been experiencing intense modern development.

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

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Topics: Activities and Recreation

A Ray of Sunshine

Ray can make friends with anyone. Born and raised in Dracut, Massachusetts, he attended first grade with his cohort of 6-year-olds, but the next year, the school bumped him up to third grade. The following year, he was in fifth grade. By the time he should have been in third grade, Ray was already in sixth grade.

“They promoted me every year,” Ray recalls. “What that did for me was it taught me a lot about getting along with people.”

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Topics: Resident Feature Stories

The Benefits of a Failure-free Approach to Memory Care

Imagine if you had to do something you struggle with over and over and over again. It wouldn’t be very fun, would it? After a while, you’d get frustrated, your confidence would dwindle, and you might even stop trying.

It’s the same for people with dementia, says Kimberly Stout, the Arbors at Dracut’s Reflections Memory Program Director. “When the residents start to realize they are becoming more forgetful or tasks they used to do really well are getting to be more challenging, that causes them to lose confidence and not want to participate.”

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Topics: The Arbors at Dracut

Staff at The Arbors at Dracut Goes Above & Beyond

According to recent research, the senior living industry has been one of the largest job creators in the United States since 1990. With the increase of job openings in assisted living communities around the nation, finding the right people for those roles can be challenging.  

Working at an assisted living community often requires a passionate, kind-hearted person motivated to make a difference in other people’s lives. You’ll find these qualities in the staff members at The Arbors at Dracut Assisted Living & Memory Care Community. It’s much more than just a “job” to them. It’s a passion to better the lives of each resident.  

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories, Amenities and Features

You’re Not Alone, Nurses Are One Call Away

Approachable, compassionate and relatable are just a few of the words that come to mind when you talk about the nurses and care team at The Arbors at Dracut. The care staff team members (and the rest of the staff) sees their role in caring for the residents as more than just a “job.” 

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Topics: Employee Feature Stories

Variety: A Must in Assisted Living Dining According to Dining Services Director

No two residents at The Arbors at Dracut have the same taste buds. Some residents are on medications and need special accommodations, while others need to eat a balanced diet. That’s no problem for Bob Coffman, Dining Services Director at The Arbors at Dracut. He embraces the variety of taste buds he gets to work with on a daily basis.

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Topics: Dining, Employee Feature Stories

Memories of "the good ol' days"

Back when soda was five cents a can, main street was full of life and people enjoyed spending their time at the local race track in the small town of Dracut. These are just some of the stories residents at The Arbors at Dracut love to reminisce on. While the town of Dracut may look different, the people are still the same. And since opening in June 2017, The Arbors at Dracut has been creating new memories along with way. There isn’t a shortage of residents (or staff members) who aren’t willing to talk about the “good ol’ days” of what Dracut used to be.

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Topics: Resident Feature Stories

Furry Friends Visit Residents

For some people, pets are just like family. They greet you at home with a wagging tail and kisses after a long day of work and are always up for a game of fetch or a walk around the block. But when senior adults move away from their home to an assisted living community, they might not be able to have their companion make the move too. The Arbors at Dracut has found a way for residents and staff to connect with animals – right here in the community.

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Topics: Activities and Recreation

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