July 23, 2018
Dear Palm Garden Family,
Could you imagine being born in a country and then living so long that they changed the name? The same country just a different name? You might say: “I mean, never mind it had been called Constantinople since May of 330 AD. I’m gone for a while and you guys just switch the name?” It would be like being born in Tallahassee, moving to Germany for 17 years, and coming home to find it named Scottsville! Well, that’s what happened to Stella.
Stella’s life story began in Turkey. Back then they called her birth city Constantinople. It was named after the Emperor “Constantine the Great” and became known as Istanbul around 1928. Stella is Turkish but really she’s Roman because back in the day Constantinople was part of the Roman Empire. Stella recently celebrated her 101st Birthday. Palm Garden of West Palm Beach has been a part of her life story now for almost 4 years. Did you know Stella speaks 3 languages? What a life!
She moved to New York city looking for opportunity and became a bookkeeper. Eventually, she moved to Florida in the 70’s and worked for the Census Bureau. She has a very tender soul and did volunteer work at the VA Hospital serving our veterans. Celebrating her 101st birthday with friends and family at Palm Garden of West Palm Beach is her most recent accomplishment.
Stella has 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. They love her very much. So do we. Stella is ours now. She is a member of the Palm Garden Family too. Our team at Palm Garden of West Palm Beach celebrated her milestone with a party and that gorgeous cake. See, no matter how old we get, we always want to celebrate our birthday.
Remember. Big or small, GEMS are identified by their connection to life story details. Sometimes the story is that you actually outlived ALL of your friends and were lucky enough to land at Palm Garden where folks treated you like the GEM that you are.
We are just so proud of our Palm Garden Family!
July 9, 2018
Vice President of Service And Relationship Development
Dear Palm Garden Family, July is Palm Garden GEM Celebration Month. We think that knowing our guests, residents and families’ life story better informs how to care for them. See, we believe to truly care for people we must know them personally. We walk in their shoes; see what they see and feel what they… Read more »
July 5, 2018
Dear Palm Garden Family, July is Palm Garden GEM Celebration Month. GEMs are the hallmark of the Palm Garden Way. We are empowered and expected to celebrate the life story for each and every guest, member, and resident entrusted to our care. GEMs aren’t identified by expense or size. GEMS are about learning life stories,… Read more »
February 16, 2018
At Palm Garden of Tampa, we celebrate life in many ways. Today, Celebrating Life… A Memorial honored our family and friends who have passed into eternal life. Encouraging words, memories, laughter, and tears of joy filled the air as our beloved residents and family were remembered. The nautical bell rang after each person was respectfully… Read more »
December 22, 2017
Dear Palm Garden Family, I want to share with you the best Christmas gift I could imagine. It’s a long story (and most of the good ones are) but I’ll boil it down for you. I was visiting a center yesterday and a team member stopped me and said “Luke, I have someone that wants… Read more »
December 21, 2017
Good Morning Palm Garden Family, This year at one of our centers the Grinch stole Santa’s “Steven R. Covey” planner. That’s right. Without his planner, Santa wasn’t going to show up. When one of your team members learned of this she said “Oh no you didn’t! Where’s the costume? Our guests and residents are not… Read more »
November 14, 2017
We celebrate life stories and I want to share one with you. But first, I’d like you to put on your “empathy cap.” Imagine if you were 99 years old. You’re lounging in bed watching one of those morning shows probably thinking “just 3 more months to 100!” and the guy on TV says you’re… Read more »
August 25, 2017
Dear Palm Garden Family, ..and this is what it means to those we are fortunate to serve. Please read this “contact us” message that came through our website from Palm Garden of West Palm Beach: Name: Joseph – Guest at PG/WPB For whom are you inquiring? Self How did you hear about us? Hospital What… Read more »
August 14, 2017
Dear Palm Garden Family, We believe in celebrating the life story- our Palm Garden Family. In fact, we learn all the little details that make each of our guests, residents and family members unique, different and special. We think it informs how best we can help those entrusted to our care achieve their highest level… Read more »