Hingham, MA -- “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” This quote from Oprah Winfrey rings true, especially in these times.
For community members at Linden Ponds, an Erickson Senior Living community in Hingham, Ma., the end of the year is a time to reflect on the most memorable moments and accomplishments of 2021:
- Early, successful vaccinations
Beginning in January, residents and staff members were able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through a variety of well-orchestrated vaccine clinics held at the on-site CVS.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, our team has worked diligently with residents, their families, and local health officials to help safeguard the well-being of everyone who calls Linden Ponds home,” says Jim Centola, executive director of Linden Ponds.
“I’m proud of the exceptional results we have achieved by working together. We could not have reached this important landmark without the professionalism of our partners at CVS, the unwavering commitment of our staff and the resilience of our residents.”
2. Priority matters
Linden Ponds’ commitment to the health of the community extends beyond the boundaries of the campus. In 2021, all priority list members (people who have reserved a future space at the community) were offered the vaccine. As a result, more than 100 members were vaccinated.
3. Return to activities
Community members were happy to get back to their favorite on-campus activities, after more than 95% of residents received the vaccine. Pickleball players were especially excited to celebrate the opening of a new court.
4. That’s entertainment
This year, the renovated Derby Performing Arts Center was back in action, hosting a long list of musicians, including the Yale Whiffenpoofs, Maria von Trapp, and Broadway star Rich Hebert. In addition, Linden Ponds’ Repertory Company, under the direction of community member Lo Steele and featuring over 80 residents, presented several shows. Using the newly renovated space outside the theater, the Derby Art Gallery hosted monthly art shows, displaying works by both resident and guest artists.
5. Welcoming new neighbors
After the uncertainty of 2020, people recognized the value of the vast safety net available to residents. As a result, the sales office met with an increased number of people in 2021, most joining the priority list or moving to Linden Ponds this year.
6. Increased family involvement
In 2021, Linden Ponds welcomed a record number of adult children accompanying their parents to a wide variety of special events. “Over the last year, we’ve really seen an energetic response from adult children, eager to learn more about their parent’s retirement options,” says Sales Director Susan Sheehan.
7. Seller's real estate market
Throughout the year, the Massachusetts real estate market remained red-hot. With the help of Erickson Realty and Moving Services partners, Linden Ponds Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford helped hundreds of people move to the community, using a combination of in-person visits and online technology to help clients stage their home for sale, downsize, and create a packing/moving plan.
8. Providing for students
This year, 24 student employees each received a $6,000 Linden Ponds scholarship to continue their education. To raise the needed funds, residents held a fundraising campaign under the guidance and support of the philanthropy committee.
9. Generosity knows no bounds
In addition to funding the scholarships, generous community members donated to the Linden Ponds Benevolent Care Fund (BCF), one of the community’s biggest philanthropy efforts, which provides support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. The money that community members donate to the fund allows for other residents experiencing financial adversity to continue living at Linden Ponds, receiving the care that they need.
10. Eating well
Following a year of in-home dining options, in 2021 Linden Ponds reopened three on-campus restaurants. Throughout the year, the restaurant menus changed monthly, offering regional and seasonal favorites.
Comfort, quality care, and community are just a few of the hallmarks that make Linden Ponds the perfect independent living community for seniors. Request a brochure to take a closer look at Linden Ponds and the beautiful, maintenance-free apartment homes.