Glass containers filled with pine cones and twigs that have been spray painted white and artfully arranged.

Holiday Celebrations & Centerpieces

  Happy Holidays From Our Team To Yours Elegant, Frosty Centerpieces Create a stunning winter centerpiece this holiday season: Gather twigs, pine cones, and glass vases. Lightly spray paint the twigs and pine cones white. You’re not trying for full coverage, it is better if some of the natural coloring shows through. Let the paint dry completely. Fill each glass … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015 “Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” – Ruth Ann Schabacker In this season of Thanksgiving, share gratitude for what we have and the possibilities before us. Here is an idea for the table centerpiece, as you discover other options, share ideas on our Higher Standards facebook page. Nature’s Bounty Centerpiece Wish diners … Continue reading

Mark Your Calendar for Food Day

October 24 Food Day: a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. It’s a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. In 2015, Food Day has the theme “Toward a Greener Diet.” Check out their website … Continue reading

Active Aging Week: Live Your Adventure: Take a Look!

September 27-October 3, 2015 Inspire: Motivate: Join Together.  Simple and out of the box ideas to engage residents and staff in activities that fits all passions. Led by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week celebrates aging and active living. Each year event organizers engage participants in wellness activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. Learn More … Continue reading

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) is September 13-19, 2015; Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit

Planning for next year’s garden and yearlong theme events around it, is a fun way to gather your gardeners together to celebrate their bounty and good works. This year’s theme is “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit.” Find more ideas and details at their website.   … Continue reading

Mark your calendar for Labor Day September 7th

I often think of Labor Day as the last BBQ event of the summer!!! Can you tell, I am all about the food!! No matter what is on your menu or grill, take time to praise all the workers in your community, which will probably be everyone you meet!  Work with a smile on your face and  celebrate the economic … Continue reading

August 21 – National Senior Citizens Day

Think of ways to show extra kindness on August 21, to those older adults we serve each day at work, live with at home, or see in our broader city community. Those who may be our neighbors, friends, teachers, aunts, uncles, or complete strangers, how they are special, appreciated, and loved.   Learn more about President Reagan’s Proclamation about this day. … Continue reading

Happy July 4th – Whats on the BBQ in your Community?

I enjoy talking with residents and family members about their favorite summer time foods and especially love to share July 4th BBQ stories. Inevitably the discussion will circle back to conversations about grilled corn on the cob, and how much it is missed as many communities shy away from serving it. In this picture it is grilled and served with … Continue reading

June 15-21: Celebrate Fathers’ Day and National Men’s Health Week

What’s on the menu as you Celebrate Fathers’ Day and National Men’s Health Week, June 15-21, 2015? What will your senior community do to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among older men? One way to foster healthy choices is to build relationships in the dining room. When men enjoy coming to … Continue reading