Helping a parent plan to move to a senior living community can feel daunting. There are many decisions to make about where to move, when to transition, and what to take or sell. Lenbrook Resident Marlyn Blackwell and her daughter Leigh Ann Ayres share their tips about making the planning and moving process as smooth as possible.
For many years, Lenbrook Resident Barbara Cherry Conway has made it a priority to find joy and thankfulness in life. Her commitment to this positive philosophy is one of the reasons she was recently recognized as a Profiles in Positive Aging honoree by Leading Age Georgia.
The leaves have begun to boast their beautiful colors at Lenbrook, signaling a new season and offering a great time to welcome new Lenbrook Residents Association leaders and Lenbrook Board of Directors members.
Danielle Conner, Director, Housekeeping, says the secret to building and leading a successful team is paying attention to what team members need and treating them with respect. That’s the philosophy she applies with the Lenbrook Housekeeping team.
“I believe that your leadership is only as good as your team and vice versa,” Danielle said. “There’s no ‘I’ in team. The associates are the heart of the department, and we work together.”
Think senior living design is stuffy? Think again. Dark, stuffy, and generic design is out and has been replaced with open floor plans, high ceilings, beautiful lighting, art walls, and custom cabinetry.
“When we started looking for a senior living community, we thought we were doing it as a favor to our children. Let’s do this before we have to,” said Adrienne Findley. “Now that we’ve moved into Lenbrook we realize that what we did goes far beyond doing it for our kids – we did it for us! We’re so lucky to live here.”
What do four indoor dining venues plus one outdoor seasonal dining location plus two on-site convenience stores multiplied by 500 residents add up to at Lenbrook? Until mid-August, they equaled 97,000 plastic takeout containers that were each used just once and then discarded!
With sustainability as a priority at Lenbrook, the Dining Team was resolved to do something about it. In July 2022, team members began evaluating ways to reduce the impact on the environment from the takeout containers.
The ratings are in, and the winners are…. Lenbrook’s Health Care Center and the residents it serves! Each quarter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews skilled nursing facility data and issues ratings using a one to five scale. Lenbrook’s Center – which has 60 private skilled nursing suites, is Medicare-certified, and offers rehabilitation services, memory care, and long-term nursing care – earned stellar ratings that were recently announced:
* Overall Quality: Five Stars
* Staffing: Five Stars
* Health Inspection: Five Stars
Kerry Gore, Events Coordinator, is one of the key members of Lenbrook’s Enrichment team. “This is a really fun job,” she said in a recent interview. “When you love what you’re doing, everything falls into place.” Kerry, who had more than 15 years of experience in the food and catering business serving as a Banquet Captain at one of Atlanta’s major downtown hotels, started at Lenbrook in 2014 in Fine Dining. Her events background led her to become Catering Supervisor, and in 2019, she was promoted to Events Coordinator at Lenbrook.
Several days per week, if the temperature is at least in the 50s, you will find Lamar Oglesby out playing golf croquet on Lenbrook’s beautiful regulation-size croquet lawn.
On June 1, 2020, I moved into Lenbrook. My dear daughter, who lives in Atlanta, found Lenbrook, chose a wonderful apartment for me and my sweet dog Lily, and I could not be happier at this point in my life.