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January 27, 2024

2024 Word of the Year: Camaraderie at Madison Senior Living

Category: Senior Living

Author: Todd Bettey-Donelson, Executive Director

At the beginning of each year, Michael Buckley, Arrow’s personal and professional development coach and “The Chief Feelings Officer,” asks each team member to pick a “Word of the Year.”

To help individuals come up with a word, he offers questions like:

What does your life need more of right now?

And my life will be improved if I have more of what?

Michael reminds us that sometimes, we need more focus. Then, other times, it’s more compassion, and at times, we need more fun! In past years, team members have chosen words such as clarity, confidence, intentional, commitment, consideration, and receptiveness.

This year, team members are actively selecting a Word of the Year for themselves and collaborating to create a word for their community. Picking a personal word and community word is a commitment to doing work on themselves and the “we” and “us” work they want to accomplish as a community.

The Madison Senior Living word of the year is “camaraderie.”

This word is significant because we believe in the power of unity, support, and shared experiences. It encapsulates the essence of our team and community. 

By setting an intention for the year, we’re shaping our community for success. Camaraderie is more than just a word; it’s a feeling of mutual trust, friendship, and a shared sense of purpose. It represents the strong bond that unites our team members as they work collaboratively to enhance the lives of our residents.

We will incorporate the word into the community’s daily operations by celebrating each other’s strengths and supporting one another during challenges. Whether it’s the caregivers, nurses, or administrative staff, we recognize each member’s unique contributions. 

The most significant goals of the year for our community are to work together towards a common purpose to provide exceptional care while creating a vibrant community for our residents. Camaraderie is also about caring for each other’s well-being. We want to make an environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

The chosen Word of the Year should inspire the team. If it doesn’t, it means they selected the wrong word. Hold yourself and others accountable throughout the year. Engage with team members about their Word of the Year and keep it as a frequent topic of discussion in your community. Monitor your achievements using your 2024 Word of the Year, and we eagerly anticipate celebrating them with you!

The Madison Senior Living in Kansas City, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St Luke’s South/ Menorah with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Golf, Park Place Shopping Center, Worlds of fun/Oceans of fun, Kansas City Zoo, Union Station/Crown Center, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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