Maplewood Senior Living and its Vice President of Memory Care and Resident Experience Mary Underwood were presented with 2014 Best Practices awards earlier this month from the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). CALA’s Annual 19th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner was held at The Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
Maplewood Senior Living received the Resident Care Award for Best Practices for its HEART philosophy of care. HEART™ is an acronym which stands for Humor, Empathy, Autonomy, Respect and Reaching out to others, and Trust and Triumph and is utilized throughout all Maplewood senior living communities. It was developed in 2011 by Maplewood as a philosophy of care which utilizes an emotion-based approach focusing on discovering the joy of living in the moment.
Additionally, Maplewood’s Mary Underwood received CALA’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Underwood is well known throughout the region as being an advocate for seniors, especially those with memory impairment. With over 25 years of experience in working with seniors and their families, she is also a recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Outstanding Caregiver Award. Mary lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband and children.
Pictured above: Mary Underwood, Vice President of Memory Care and Resident Experience, Maplewood Senior Living