The year 2020 and a good part of 2021 were filled with challenges like we had never seen before. We always knew communication and connection were important, but we learned how much we truly depend on each other.
We also learned how the remarkable people of Deerfield can change everything.
1. Chef John Hagerman and Activities Director Mary Jordan brainstormed to create a piece of one-of-a-kind, crowd-sourced art.
Mary doesn’t waste time devising ways to bring people together. So when she wondered out loud about finding an activity residents could do individually that could also bring them closer together, Chef John’s wheels were spinning.
As a classically trained Chef who earned his Bachelor of Professional Studies from the Culinary Institute of America, John appreciates how creativity in cooking, and any form of art, exists to inspire.
He considered a painting, a bold idea and a big undertaking to get everyone involved. He considered the idea that a mosaic might work—many small, individual pieces coming together to create something meaningful.
So, John enlarged a photo of a Vincent van Gogh painting and traced it onto Masonite, a thin, engineered wood. The mounted painting was cut into squares that were numbered then distributed to each resident and staff member, along with crayons and a photo of the finished painting for reference.
After an overwhelming amount of participation from in-house resident and staff artists, the Deerfield interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s Irises was unveiled, framed and hangs in the Deerfield pub today.
2. Mary Jordan is a bit of a legend.
Ask almost anyone. Mary started in the dining room about two years ago as part of the culinary team, and is now one of the reasons activities are so popular at Deerfield.
“We love to get loud and have fun! I have a soft spot for seniors, especially since I didn’t have my grandparents here in the States. Now I feel like I have been blessed with a houseful and I get to see and spend time with them every day.”
We’re lucky to have you, Mary.
3. Summertime activities are some of our residents’ favorites.
We have some pretty amazing year-round activities, like Movie Mondays, Happy Hour theme nights, Prize Bingo, Baking Club, Bible study with Pastor Ted and Family Nights.
But summer makes it possible to barbecue outside, have an outdoor ice cream social and to enjoy live music as part of Deerfield’s Fun Fest. Garden Club gets to do their thing in the fresh air, too, which is always lovely.
One of the best things about summertime (and anytime) activities at Deerfield? You come as you are. You don’t have to clean, cook or bring anything except
yourself. There are always people who are glad to see you, and no one needs to stay late to clean up.
Since 2018, we’ve been welcoming residents and families to Traditions of Deerfield with open arms and hearts. Get to know more about Deerfield by spending a little time on our website, taking a Virtual Tour, or getting in touch to schedule a tour.
If there’s anything we can do for you or a loved one, please let us know how we can help.
Kristin Cherry, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Traditions Management
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