January 27, 2024

Empowering Impact and Flexibility: Rushwood Senior Living’s 2024 Words of the Year

Category: Senior Living

Author: Christie Underwood, 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 Rushwood Senior Living words of the year are impact and flexibility.

These words are significant because, as a newly opened community, we see our impact on our older adults and the community. We also chose flexibility because this next year, we are committed to remaining flexible as we grow and learn together.

By setting an intention for the year, we’re shaping our community for success. We want to make this the best senior living community in Sedgwick County and the surrounding area. As a team, we strive to be kind to each other. We will incorporate the words into the community’s daily operations by impacting residents daily.

The year’s biggest goal for our community is to be 100% occupied in independent living. All of us at The Rushwood look forward to changing how our residents view Senior Living Communities.

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 Rushwood Senior Living in Wichita, KS 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 Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Terradyne Country Club, Bradley Fair, Greenwich Place, Botanica Gardens, Great Plains Nature Center, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Keeper of the Plains, and World Treasures Museum.

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