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January 6, 2023

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside Spreads the Word of the Year

Category: Senior Living

Author: Chase Belza, Executive Director

Every year Arrow’s personal and professional development coach, Michael Buckley, asks everyone to pick a “Word of the Year.” The goal is to look inward and consider what we each need more of and what might improve our lives. Sometimes we need more focus or clarity. Sometimes we need more compassion. Sometimes we just need more fun!

Picking a word for both me and my community is a commitment to doing work on yourself and the “we” and “us” work we want to do as a community.

Looking back on 2022, it has been a fun and exciting, yet challenging year for Vitalia Rockside. We saw the community and leadership team pull together to become Joint Commission Accredited, fully staffed our community with high-energy, loving team members, and created life-enriching programs and events for our residents.

Now, looking forward to 2023, what Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside needs is passion and creativity. I couldn’t pick just one word for the community, so I went with these two. I chose passion, as that is what we are looking for in our employees and residents. I want to be surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to the ones they are surrounded by. This creates a true community with open communication and trust. Creativity is important for both residents and staff members. I am one that always thinks outside the box and wants to do what is not normal or what everyone else does. Creativity creates excitement, gives others a voice, who may not have had that opportunity before, challenges us to be better, and creates a unique experience for our residents to enjoy in the later stages of their lives.

I plan to weave these words into daily operations of the community with my everyday actions. As a leader I want to spark creativity and passion in my team. From there, those same emotions are passed down to the staff and residents. This is created by how I challenge my team, how we set goals for ourselves, and our overall vision for our community.

I think that anyone who works in senior living should live by these words, passion, and creativity.

What is YOUR WORD? I hope you will pick one too. What does your life need a little more of in 2023? What does “future you” thank you for working on now? Our words are meant to inspire us. If it is not inspiring, it’s not the right word.

And if you are reading this, please hold us accountable. When you visit Vitalia Active Adult Community or come to town hall, ask us what our word of the year is and what have we done to support it.

Please look forward to the December 2023 blog where we tell you all the ways we lived in line with our word of the year and all the ways it helped improve our community.

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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