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May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Leah Gallas, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at Vitalia Rockside, I am the energy and engagement designer of the community. My job description specifically states I am to be a “Culture Creator.” Each day, I work to set the perfect tone for our community events and resident engagements. Providing socialization opportunities in senior living is more than just playing the beloved game of bingo. Beyond the events, essential amenities, and daily care lies the heartbeat of every community – a culture that fosters connection, purpose, and a sense of belonging.

Each monthly calendar features events tailored to the residents’ interests, focusing on key programming elements: physical, cognitive, spiritual, sensory, and social. We always celebrate major holidays in a big way, incorporating traditions from various cultures based on our residents’ backgrounds. Unique to Vitalia Rockside and Arrow Senior Living, each month we also celebrate several Arrow Traditions. These include focusing on Black History Month, Mom and Pop Small Business Day, Be Kind to Humankind Week, and so many more! 

Fostering Unity and Progress: Celebrating Diversity in Community Culture

Cultivating a unique cultural identity encourages community members to take an active interest. They focus on preserving and enhancing the character of their community. This instills a sense of pride and ownership. My favorite way to contribute to my community’s culture is by welcoming all residents and staff. I celebrate in ways that balance fun with education. Some of the activities I’ve enjoyed organizing include American Sign Language classes, drag queen bingo, autism awareness sessions, and cooking classes highlighting diverse cultures.

A strong community culture promotes unity, empathy, and progress, making residents and staff happier. A well-cultured community fosters a welcoming, open, and safe environment for everyone.

Every senior living community has its own culture built around the engagement and interactions of the residents. I am proud to set the stage for socialization and events for my residents as we continue building and expanding our culture at Vitalia Rockside. 

Smiling senior in wheelchair poses with two drag queens at Vitalia Rockside Senior Living's Drag Queen Bingo.

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH 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 Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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