Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador has been honored with the 2019 Not For Profit Program of the Year by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its Adopt an Elder program.
The program is an intergenerational craft exchange activity that connects residents who live at Ambassador and children at Bright Beginnings Learning Center, a daycare in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
The program is special for our residents. It brings the community into our center, it improves the quality of life for our residents.” – Marie Barta, administrator, Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador
On alternating weeks, the groups take turns creating small crafts for each other. Crafts made by the residents are put into the children’s personal cubbies at their daycare, so every other week the children receive a special delivery from the seniors.
On the opposite week, crafts the children have completed are hand-delivered to the residents' rooms.
The program helps bridge a gap between the senior population and the youth population of the community while also combating loneliness and isolation — a common problem among seniors. This program is led and coordinated by employees, and several staff members' children participate in the program.
Delivering the crafts to the residents is easily my favorite part of the work week. The residents look forward to seeing what their child created for them. Their joy is contagious. Most of the artwork is proudly displayed in each resident’s room.” – Janelle Zimmerman, director of social services, Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador
The American Health Care Association is a national leader in advocating for quality care for the elderly and Americans with disabilities. Its members are an association of more than 13,000 long-term and post-acute providers. The annual awards will be presented to representatives from Ambassador at AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention in Orlando in October.