May 30, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Karla Christophene, Resident Services Director

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

Women in silly sunglasses and big grins pose for a photo at a red carpet event in the senior living community.

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 St. Peters 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! 

Spreading Positivity and Fostering Community Engagement Every Day

At The Boulevard St. Peters, I take pride in being the creator of fun, with a primary focus on planning and executing events tailored to specific special days of the week. The highlight of my role lies in the simple act of greeting our residents each morning with a warm smile. It also involves spreading positive energy to kickstart their day.

I firmly believe that culture is shaped by attitude. Starting the day with a positive outlook has multiple benefits. It not only encourages active participation in our daily programming but also inspires residents to share that positivity with others. Behind every successful event lies the invaluable support of the residents we serve. This support is cultivated through the establishment of genuine relationships and the fostering of a strong sense of 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 St. Peters. 

The Boulevard Senior Living of St. Peters in St. Peters, 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 Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Old Hickory Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Historic Downtown St. Charles, Streets of St. Charles, Marcus St. Charles Cinema, and Ameristar Casino.

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