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December 30, 2023

2023 Reflection on Word of the Year: Excellence

Category: Senior Living

Author: Karra Gazdacko, Executive Director

As we wrap up 2023, we find ourselves reflecting on months past and what lies ahead with our community’s journey. 

If you recall, our Personal and Professional Development Coach, Michael “Buck” Buckley, challenged us to pick a “Word of the Year” in January 2023. Buck asked us to look inward and consider what we need more of or what might improve our lives. The time has come to revisit our Word of the Year for 2023 and explore its impact on The Kentridge Senior Living. Whether you’ve been an active member or are just joining us, this retrospective journey invites us all to celebrate the past year.

Our community Word of the Year for 2023 was ‘excellence.’ We improved the community and achieved many successes throughout the year, living in line with our word. At Kentridge, we focused on new department head development at the beginning of the year. We then turned our attention to building relationships with residents through brunches, a tree lighting ceremony, family nights in memory care, and Happy Hours. 

Our goal was to build a cohesive long-term community team that families and residents can be familiar with and trust. I believe we lived out the word. I’m looking forward to 2024 to continue building a strong team for residents and their loved ones to call family. 

As we bid farewell to 2023, we will carry forward the essence of our Word of the Year into 2024. The successes and strides of our community, the embodiment of our chosen word in our collective actions, are not just markers in time but a testament to the strength of this community.

I look forward to catching our 2024 Word of the Year blog soon!

Karra Gazdacko, Executive Director

kgazdacko@kentridgeseniorliving.com

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH 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 University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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