Worcester, Mass. – Throughout its over 23-year history, Tatnuck Park at Worcester, a Benchmark assisted living and Mind & Memory Care community, has been known for its quality care and experiences. Last week, their commitment to being the best was again validated when it was awarded the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) 2022 Excellence Award for Program Innovation.
Tatnuck Park’s programming director, Ellen Meagher, was recognized for creating unique, personalized programs that are not only fun and engaging for residents, but connect the entire community. Drum circle experiences, in particular, which feature movement to music, engage residents physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and strengthen connections between residents and associates. Also, intergenerational programs with Worcester State University occupational therapy students that inspire and enrich.
Meagher brings over 15 years of senior life enrichment experience to the assisted living community. She also holds a Master’s in leisure studies from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in therapeutic recreation from Springfield College.
“The measure of any high-quality assisted living community is its ability to really engage its residents in programs that they enjoy,” said Jennifer LaCroix, executive director of Tatnuck Park. “Ellen and our programming team are constantly thinking outside the box to ensure that every one of our residents is happy and doing what they love. I feel so honored to have our team recognized by our Massachusetts peers.”
Since its inception in 1999, Tatnuck Park has frequently been recognized for its care and programs. Most recently, it was only three communities in all of Central Massachusetts to be selected as a U.S. News 2022-2023 Best Assisted Living community.
Tatnuck Park at Worcester offers traditional senior assisted living and independent assisted living for those who would benefit from a safer, engaging environment, chef-prepared meals, supportive living services, transportation and assistance with daily activities, such as getting dressed and medication management. Residents benefit from partnerships with nearby university students for healthcare and social engagement. They also enjoy connecting over programs and amenities offered in many common spaces, including a demonstration kitchen, recreation room, library, hair salon and spa, sunroom, private dining room and outdoor courtyards with walking paths.
Tatnuck Park also offers an award-winning Mind & Memory Care program featuring carefully created living environments and unique opportunities for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia to find joy in each new day. Memory care assisted living residents are supported by 24/7 care providers who have been hired for heart and educated in memory loss, communication and empathy. Neighborhoods provide the comforts of home and have unique features that help those with memory impairment stay connected to who and what matters most to them. Thoughtful touches, visual cues and purposeful amenities further promote familiarity and wellness.
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About Benchmark Senior Living
Benchmark is New England’s largest senior living provider with 64 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care communities and over 5,000 dedicated associates providing compassionate care and outstanding experiences throughout the Northeast. The Waltham, Mass.-based company was founded over 25 years ago by Tom Grape with the purpose of Transforming Lives Through Human Connection. Since then, Benchmark has continued to set the industry standard, having won over a hundred local, regional and national awards for its care, programs and as a top workplace. Benchmark has been named one of the Top Places to Work for 14 straight years in The Boston Globe’s annual employee-based survey and received repeated recognition in FORTUNE’s Best Workplaces for Aging Services list. For more information, visit BenchmarkSeniorLiving.com.
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