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My typical day as a Life Enrichment Coordinator

I start off the day fixing up a pot of coffee for our early risers. Sometimes the residents enjoy having the news read to them over a cup of hot coffee and a doughnut. I head to a meeting with some of the other healthcare team members, then it’s time for another activity! From mental exercises to music entertainment to crafts, there’s honestly never a dull moment around here. You never know what you’ll get! Many of the residents like to tease me, because I’m (sometimes quite literally) running around the building either meeting new folks, delivering ice cream or snacks, or going door to door to invite each resident to the particular event that’s about to happen. I definitely get my fair share of steps in each day!

We take care of the activity needs from Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehab, all the way to Memory Care. Some our most popular activities include weekly bible study, manicures, facials, music entertainment, and laughter yoga. (And of course, anything to do with baking or food!) We recently began trying to implement more inter-generational activities. We’ve had children come to do vocal/piano recitals. We’ve also recently had monthly visits from the Prodigy Kids school. These children have done activities such as life story interviews, trivia, board games, and other things with our residents. We’ve talked about maybe doing a book program that could help the children with their reading. Additionally, we’ve made efforts to get out into the community more! Over Christmas, we enjoyed going out to see the Christmas lights. We’ve recently went to Andy’s Frozen Custard and the downtown area and spent an afternoon enjoying to the SEMO District Fair.

On a personal level, I’ve always felt a connection with this population. I recall nights staying up until midnight with my grandmother playing Monopoly and goofing around. I was always very close to my great-grandmother as a young child too. It seems only natural that this would be the job that I would love to show up to every day. I quite honestly feel like these people are my family, and I’d do anything for them! My favorite aspect of the job really revolves around knowing the residents on a deeper level, such as learning what they enjoy, learning about their life, who they married, funny stories about their past, or getting to know their family. I know no strangers here at The Chateau. To me, the most important thing about my job is being able to connect and engage with the resident on a personal level. When you really connect with people, everything else just seems to fall into place.

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