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January 28, 2024

Finding Balance: Westbury Senior Living’s Word of the Year 2024.

Category: Senior Living

Author: Lisa Byergo, 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 Westbury Senior Living word of the year is balance.

This word is significant because it refers to stability, mental and emotional steadiness, and the ability to bring into harmony. Our team is ready to “settle down” with strong and capable leaders. Who will stabilize the community, bringing it into balance.

By setting an intention for the year, we’re shaping our community for success. Intention provides a focus for our team by directing our efforts toward a common goal. We will incorporate the word into the community’s daily operations. In discussing balance in meetings with directors and in town halls with residents. Our work will integrate the concepts and evaluate our efforts to achieve balance within our community.

The most significant goals of the year for our community are to stabilize our leadership team and wellness and culinary team staffing. We are set up for success.

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 Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, 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 University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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