January 27, 2024

Empower 2024: Shaping Success at Fremont Senior Living

Category: Senior Living

Author: Kayla Moore, Executive Director

At the beginning of each year, Michael Buckley, Arrow’s personal and professional development coach and “The Chief Feelings Officer,” asks each team member to pick a “Word of the Year.”

To help individuals come up with a word, he offers questions like:

What does your life need more of right now?

And my life will be improved if I have more of what?

Michael reminds us that sometimes, we need more focus. Then, other times, it’s more compassion, and at times, we need more fun! In past years, team members have chosen words such as clarity, confidence, intentional, commitment, consideration, and receptiveness.

This year, team members are actively selecting a Word of the Year for themselves and collaborating to create a word for their community. Picking a personal word and community word is a commitment to doing work on themselves and the “we” and “us” work they want to accomplish as a community.

The Fremont Senior Living word of the year is “empower.”

This word, “empowerment,” holds significance as it instills autonomy, resilience, and self-determination. It fosters a climate where individuals rise above challenges and actively shape their ideas. Empowerment catalyzes social progress by dismantling barriers, promoting inclusivity, and amplifying diverse voices in society.

Setting an intention for the year can be a catalyst for community success. It provides a shared vision, focus, and purpose. Clear and positive intentions foster unity and direction within the community, creating a framework for collaborative efforts. This encourages individuals to align their actions and goals with the broader community aspirations.

We will incorporate the word into the community’s daily operations by creating intentional strategies and fostering a culture that promotes individual growth, collaboration, and inclusivity.

The biggest goals of the year for our community include:

  1. Enhanced Communication – Enhance communication channels within the community to ensure residents, families, and employees stay well-informed, engaged, and connected.
  2. Community Engagement – Increase community participation and engagement by elevating events catering to residents’ interests and needs. 
  3. Empowerment Initiatives – Create programs and resources to empower residents and employees. These offerings should equip them with the skills, knowledge, and support required for personal and professional growth.

The chosen Word of the Year should inspire the team. If it doesn’t, it means they selected the wrong word. Hold yourself and others accountable throughout the year. Engage with team members about their Word of the Year and keep it as a frequent topic of discussion in your community. Monitor your achievements using your 2024 Word of the Year, and we eagerly anticipate celebrating them with you!

The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO offers senior villas, 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 Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bill and Stewart Golf Course, Horton Smith, River Cut Golf Course, Battlefield Mall, Fantastic Caverns, Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, Wonders of Wildlife National Mueum and Aquarum, and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

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