Six individuals were recently recognized at Loomis House for being good neighbors by their fellow Independent Living residents. At a luncheon in their honor, they were given a golden key for the small kindnesses they show to their neighbors. Whether they picked something up at the grocery store for a someone who wasn’t feeling well, shared their daily newspaper, or made frequent visits to residents of the nursing center next door, their good deeds did not go unnoticed. The newly instituted Good Neighbors Program announces a good neighbor each month by placing a giant golden key and yellow ribbon on their apartment door.
Sherrill Brooks sends birthday cards to everyone, helps organize activities and special occasion decorating.
Jean Dickinson organizes sing-alongs in independent living and the nursing center and always has time to stop and visit and offer a kind word or encouragement.
Don Gaunt makes frequent visits to the nursing center, organizes a domino group and Wednesday evening sing-alongs. He also gives wheelchair rides to and from activities and the dining room for neighbors who have trouble walking.
Art LaBerge is very active in resident leadership and organizes a scholarship program for staff who are in college or continuing their education.
Kay Lee picks up the Hampshire Gazette newspaper for anyone who wants one or shares her own copy. She picks up and delivers one neighbor’s mail everyday.
Kay Monahan manages the boutique and the library. When shopping, she happily picks things up for her neighbors. She organizes a Rosary Group and helps with readings during Mass in the Nursing Center. She tends a flower garden that all enjoy.
About The Loomis Communities:
The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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