New Activities Manager Brings Personal Caregiving Experience to Webster Groves

Fifty Foot Media © (23 of 92)_1500x785Healthy social relationships are important to overall health and wellbeing. Research has shown that an active social life not only promotes a sense of belonging, but it also contributes to a positive self-image while simultaneously improving cognitive health, blood pressure and immune response. Connection to a larger community also encourages individuals to express themselves through conversation and exploring shared interests.

At Provision Living at Webster Groves, we value the important relationships and interactions that we share with the elders and families that we serve. Everything that is done is geared toward relationship building between elders, families and team members. All attention is placed on each individual’s quality of life.

Building Relationships with Elders and Families

Columbia CraftsBarbara Smith, the newest member of our leadership team, brings her passion for relationship building and talent for event planning to her role as activities manager at Webster Groves. An upstate New York native, Smith lived in New York City for 12 years before moving to St. Louis.

She has had an exciting career path that includes advertising for Radio City Hall, visual styling for Ann Taylor, and teaching preschool in St. Louis for more than 18 years. Smith enjoys organizing events and participating in fundraising and local charities. She is married with two children, Parker and Maria, and the family has a playful cat named Maizee.

Provision Living Columbia GamesA caregiver by nature, Smith became part of the larger Provision Living family when her mother moved into Webster Groves. She cared for her father and mother for several years as their health declined. After her father’s death, she realized that her mother was experiencing memory loss and required more care than she could provide alone at home.

Smith was at the community almost every day and soon built strong relationships with the care team. She found that she enjoyed spending time with the elders and learning more about their life stories. Later, she began working part-time at the community; when the position of activity manager became available, she applied without a second thought.

University Living Ann Arbor ExteriorSmith believes the most important way that she can serve elders is to always be present in her work. To her, caregiving is just as much about creating a healthy and safe environment as it is about connecting with others and creating strong relationships.

She works closely with elders in the Resident Council to plan activities and engagement that promotes health, encourages vitality and stimulates the imagination in each individual.

Favorite Webster Groves Activities Include:

  • Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Excursions
  • Live Entertainment Every Friday
  • Weekly Happy Hour with Full Bar
  • Baking, Crafting and Painting Classes
  • Animal-Assisted Activities
  • Weekly Religious Services
  • Resident Planning Council
  • Daily Movies in Theater
  • Gardening Club
  • Men’s Social Club

If you or your family would like to learn more about the engaging activities and educational programs at Provision Living at Webster Groves, please contact Todd Morefield, community relations manager: tmorefield@provisionliving.com or 314-269-6473.

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