We've all been there: Feeling alone and a little apprehensive on our first day at a new job, a new college, or in a new neighborhood. As we get older, those anxious and insecure feelings can escalate upon entering a retirement community for the first time.
That's why Sunshine Retirement Living provides designated move-in coordinators; official welcome packets; and Welcome Committees comprised of "Ambassadors" (outgoing, congenial residents who roll out the red carpet for new people.)
"Coming into any of our communities is a huge change for new residents," says Lauren Dubay, Sunshine Retirement Living's Wellness Director. "And one of the scariest places is often the community dining room. We try to curb the new-kid-on-the-block anxiety by designating a space we call the 'Sunshine Table' at meal time.
At Summerfield Estates in Tigard, Activity Director Anthony Nosen has gone a step further by featuring a "Sunshine Chair" on it at each table. A chair with a ribbon on it is reserved for new residents so everyone at the table will make them feel extra welcome.
The ambassadors escort the new residents to their first several meals and activities. After getting to know a little about them, an ambassador will pair the new resident with other residents who have similar interests.
Find out more by taking a tour of Summerfield Estates and enjoying a meal!
11205 SW Summerfield Drive
Tigard, Oregon 97224