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Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth and The Barrington in Carmel, Indiana.


Celebrate Red Nose Day With Residents at The Barrington

May 25, 2017

On May 25, residents and team members at The Barrington of Carmel showed support in the quest to end child poverty by raising money and awareness for kids in the United States and around the world.

May 25 marks Red Nose Day - a day dedicated to raising money for disadvantaged people. Since it's launch in the U.S. in 2015, this day has raised $60 million.

We are proud supporters of Red Nose Day, and we hope you join us in the continuation to benefit children and young people.

Happy Red Nose Day!

Random Acts of Flowers Visits The Barrington

May 25, 2017

Residents of The Plaza at The Barrington of Carmel are in for a sweet treat. The smell of fresh bouquets of flowers have started to fill the air at the senior living community. Random Acts of Flowers and Carmel-based Determine Incorporated are teaming up to put a smile on the faces of assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing residents by bringing them free flowers. This is the first time Random Acts of Flowers has come to the community, and the best part is that it’s all a surprise! Determine Inc. is donating the flowers and volunteering its time to go door to door at the community to deliver the flowers to each resident. The goal is to improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals at the senior living community by delivering flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness.  This random act of kindness will leave a lasting impact on the residents.

Mirador Resident Reflects On Life Spent Championing Human Rights and Worldwide Medical Advancement

May 24, 2017

Throughout U.S. history, American men and women have often been the agents of change at home and abroad. While history may remember those with amazing tales of courage or discovery, it’s often the everyday stories of men and women that leave a lasting impression on the world around them. One such individual, Dr. John Bird, a resident at Mirador – an SQLC retirement community – is a prime example of how an ordinary individual was able to have an extraordinary impact on those around him. Bird began his career as a medical scientist not in a hospital, but as a professor surrounded by students with whom to share wisdom and prepare for the future. A Fulbright scholar and professor of physiology at Rutgers, Bird would travel every few years with his wife to distant nations to practice medicine and engage with medical professionals to find those without access to the medical advances. It was these trips that not only brought Bird and his wife, Evie, closer together but inspired him to continue engaging with people around the world. Bird’s work would allow him to live in countries closed off to the world at the time, and enable him to see native peoples in a new perspective. As advocates for human and civil rights, the Birds would translate their experiences abroad into discussion and advocacy upon their return home to help spark a cultural revolution in thought and understanding.

“The times we were traveling were some of the best spent in my life,” said Bird. “I was lucky that my wife encouraged me to travel and to pursue the level of professional and academic achievement I did. Everywhere we went we were a team, and through our travels we learned a lot about the people in other countries and the similarities we have with them. At a time when there was so much uncertainty in the world, it was refreshing to have the opportunity to learn from and get to know individuals in countries like China, Egypt, Panama and the former Soviet Union.”

The Birds’ travels would take him around the world and behind the iron curtain, providing a unique look into a world that was closed off for most people. According to Bird, there was always a culture shock when arriving in a new place. In many of the countries the couple lived, the pace of life was slower than the quick moving atmosphere in America. Learning to balance cultural differences and gain the trust or acceptance of new colleagues and friends was something that needed to be tackled. This was especially important to understand in communist countries, where citizens were limited in how they discussed their lives and the world around them.

“It always took a fair amount of time to gain trust and have the ability to engage in a frank discussion,” said Bird. “Once that trust was gained, we had the ability to see people as they were. People lived their lives at a level beyond the politics of their governments, the politicians might have controlled the way of life, but not how people lived. This was a side of these countries that was rarely reported by the media, and it was important to share that knowledge when we were in the states.”

As their world view continued to develop, the Birds participated in the civil rights movement advocating for equal rights and working to better the country. Bird fondly remembers being in Washington D.C as he was going through the process to receive a Fulbright Scholarship and picking up a newspaper only to find his wife’s picture on the front page protesting for equal rights. Upon John’s retirement in 1999, the Birds moved to Port Aransas where they spent 15 years together continuing to travel and share with others the importance of learning more about those in other countries and making the world a better place. Following their move to Mirador, John’s activism changed focus to the care of Evie, as he worked to ensure that Evie and others in similar stages of aging received quality care. Today, as a member of the resident council at Mirador, Bird works with fellow residents to share the voice of residents at the senior living community.

“My wife and I were very happy together here,” said Bird. “I want to do what I can to make sure that everyone has the same level of experience we did. As seniors across the country age, it’s going to be important that communities like Mirador are available as an option. If I have the ability to ensure the success of the community and help provide resident feedback and expectations then there’s nothing better I can do.”

While Bird’s activism may look different today, his contributions through his research, the instruction of future medical professionals or simply the engagement of ideas with someone of a different world view are still felt each day by those whose path he crossed.

“At Mirador we are inspired each day by the men and women who have made an impact on our world,” said Shay Wallace, director of sales and marketing at Mirador. “Dr. Bird is an extraordinary example of someone who simply lived his life and made an impact everywhere he went. We are honored to have residents like Dr. Bird in our community who inspire and challenge us to be the best we can in everything that we do.”

Carmel High School senior volunteers time to help The Barrington of Carmel residents with technology

May 22, 2017

Using a computer or even playing a game on your cell phone may seem easy to some people, but for seniors that’s not always the case. Enter 18-year-old Eric Postel, a senior at Carmel High School. He’s been volunteering at The Barrington of Carmel, an SQLC senior living community, for about five months. On a Sunday afternoon for about two hours every month, he helps the residents set up their printers, laptops, iPads and cell phones. He first realized he had a knack for helping seniors with technology when his family pitched in to buy his grandfather an iPad. It turned out, his grandfather had no idea how to use it. That’s when Postel started helping him and discovered that he loves to teach people, especially seniors. When The Barrington of Carmel called his school checking to see if any students could help, Postel immediately said yes.

“They’re one of the only generations who didn’t grow up with or work this technology in some way,” Postel said. “I’ve always loved computers, and I know a lot of people don’t understand how to use the devices. Technology is fascinating to me, especially the way it constantly evolves. That’s why I volunteer, so I can help people understand something that comes easy to me.”

Since January, Postel has helped around 30 residents. It’s usually a different crowd each Sunday, but he does have a few regulars who return, and he likes that. The main things they want to learn: how to store photos, download apps and find their missing passwords. This volunteer work has inspired Postel to continue this work in the future. Eventually he wants to start his own IT company to help anyone in need. After graduation, he plans to attend Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis to study computer science. He says that while in college he plans to continue volunteering at The Barrington of Carmel.

“I enjoy it so much,” Postel said. “It’s fun to make people happy. The best feeling is when someone gets it. You can tell because they have the biggest smiles on their faces. I always tell residents that it’s the will, not the skill, and these residents really do want to learn.”

The Barrington of Carmel is the only Masterpiece Living® community in Indiana. As part of its philosophy, the community embraces a wellness-minded attitude and encourages learning by focusing on an individual’s key development areas – physical, mental, social and spiritual. The community says Postel has made a difference in the residents’ lives.

“It is a joy to see the bond between Eric and the residents,” said Maryellen Keen, life enrichment director at The Barrington. “He is calm, patient and answers their questions. We are thankful he accepted the invitation to help with computer or phone issues that our residents may have. He’s truly a blessing to this community, and we look forward to having him here on future Sundays.”

Edgemere sales and marketing team takes home top award Greystone Sales Adventure

May 19, 2017

The sales and marketing team at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, recently received the 2016 Top Sales and Marketing Team award from Greystone, a senior living management company. Greystone executives made the announcement at the 2017 Greystone Sales Adventure Awards banquet at the Hilton in Southlake.

Senior living marketers from around the country gathered in Southlake for Greystone’s 37th annual event. This year’s theme was “Yacht Rock,” where Greystone helped chart the course on the sea of success for communities. Attendees enjoyed education and breakout sessions as well as networking and social events. The highlight of each year’s Sales Adventure is the awards banquet dinner, during which teams and individuals are recognized for their work. The Edgemere team was selected out of more than 35 teams from senior living communities across the country based on quantity of sales, excellent standards of performance, and team performance and leadership.

“This is our first team award, and we worked really hard for it,” said Vanessa Curtright-Bowles, director of sales and marketing. “We are currently going through a $36 million expansion, and there’s a lot going on in the community. We were thrilled to bring 70 new residents to the community and reach occupancy above 90 percent. We are determined, and this award shows that our hard work over the last year really paid off.”

The team includes Susan Briscoe, Monika Pearce, Joel Hernandez, Nancy Kennedy, Rochelle Humphrey, Brittany Middleton and Vanessa Curtright-Bowles. Greystone was founded in 1982 and has advised more than 500 organizations in strategic planning, project planning, business improvement, repositioning, development, marketing and management of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).

“Our team makes me proud every day,” said Luis Argote, executive director of Edgemere. “They are truly dedicated to helping seniors and their families learn about our community. They have done an outstanding job, and I can’t think of a more deserving team to win this award.”

Bernice Carlino Hosts Art Show at The Barrington

May 18, 2017

This week, residents and team members welcomed artist Bernice Carlino to The Barrington Of Carmel. Bernice featured her works during an art show at the community, bringing in a variety of art pieces to display. Residents had a great time as they marveled at her work. 

The Barrington enjoys keeping a healthy and active lifestyle, and we find many outlets to do so. Art has been a big part of our community, and we appreciate Bernice sharing her collection with us.

Please view the pictures below to see more of this art show at The Barrington.

Resident's Son Shares Stories as a Cartoonist

May 16, 2017

Tim Campbell has a always been a joker of sorts. But his personality becomes even clearer when you learn more about his very fun career path. Tim is a local political cartoonist. Following in his father's footsteps, Tim is the son of a resident who also worked in the field. 

This May, the father and son entertained The Barrington with a presentation on all things cartoons. It was a full house that Monday, as residents crowded in for a fun-filled afternoon. See below for pictures of this event! 

Residents at The Barrington Play a Game of Bocce Ball

May 16, 2017

Residents at The Barrington of Carmel love staying active, and they find the best ways to do so! Beyond working out, we like to find hobbies that also encourage fun, active and healthy lifestyles.

Many of our residents enjoy bocce ball. So this week they started up a game of bocce ball that encouraged everyone to get involved! The turn out was great and the competition was fierce! 

See the pictures below to experience our afternoon of bocce ball at The Barrington. 

Carmel High School students plants trees for residents of The Plaza at The Barrington of Carmel

May 16, 2017

Two seniors from Carmel High School are making a difference in their community. Jake Hughes and Michael MacNulty were assigned a “Do Something Project” in their AP environmental science class, and decided they wanted to do something for memory support residents to enjoy at The Plaza at The Barrington of Carmel, the senior living community’s health care neighborhood. Recently, the students planted trees at the community (1355 S. Guilford Rd.) because they both enjoy interacting with seniors and want to help sustain the environment. Each student had a grandparent live there and came to know some of the residents quite well.

“We really enjoy interacting with the residents,” said Jake Hughes. “We knew when we did this project that we wanted to have fun and give back at the same time. Going to The Barrington of Carmel was the perfect location for us to show how even the smallest things can make a difference. I hope the residents and their families enjoy the trees and plants and think about our precious environment as they admire them.”

The afternoon highlighted the importance of The Barrington’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which embraces a wellness-minded attitude and encourages learning at any age, focusing on an individual’s key development areas – physical, mental, social and spiritual.

“It’s such a treat to see young people pitching in at our senior living community,” said Susie Herrmann, Plaza sales director at The Barrington of Carmel. “The residents enjoyed having the two young men come by, and they did a good job planting the trees and teaching all of us about the environment.”

Join The Barrington of Carmel for The Longest Day

May 10, 2017

The Barrington of Carmel is excited to host The Longest Day! Join The Barrington’s Glee Club for The Longest Day event; a day that’s all about love for all of those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

On June 21, we'll be participating in this enriching event to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Be a part of this movement and join our team from 5:00pm-7:00pm for a cocktail party with entertainment featuring Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos and lots of fun.

We hope you can make it! To RSVP, please call 317-810-1822.

Donations will be accepted that evening or you may donate online by going to http://act.alz.org/goto/TheBarringtonLongestDay

Thank you for your support in helping us reach our fundraising goal.

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