June 3, 2022

Gentry Park Senior Living Shows Their Colors During Pride Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Sarah Ramusack, Resident Services Director

In celebration of Pride Month this June, Arrow Senior Living is looking at The Pride Flag, a symbol that is a representation of the forward movements to support and celebrate those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This important piece of the community has a meaning that is described by the colors included.

Red represents life and passion among many cultures. Orange represents healing, fun, and celebration. Yellow is a symbol for sunlight and is said to stimulate new ideas and thoughts. Green is synonymous with nature, a healing place, also associated with prosperity and growth. Blue represents serenity and calmness. Purple is the color of spirit, thought to connect us to the spiritual realm.

At Gentry Park Senior Living Bloomington, IN, we feel most connected to green, which is synonymous with nature. In our community, we enjoy the time we spend outdoors and how that time always makes us feel good. When we sit on the patio, take a walk on our trail, or go spend some time in one of our city parks, we always come back with uplifted spirits. Green represents healing, prosperity, and growth. At Gentry Park we are looking for ways to help one another and those in the greater community grow. We do this with our community service projects and by encouraging those we are around to join us in our daily activities.

As Resident Services Director I am always looking for ideas and feedback from our residents. I want them to tell me what they like and what needs to be changed. I have an open-door policy where residents can tell the resident services team how they think programming is going. I am always emphasizing our activities and events are for everyone, I am ready to do what is needed to make our events all-inclusive.

In our community, we know that each of our residents have come from different lifestyles and backgrounds. As such, we work to maintain that diverse culture across both residents and staff with targeted programming and staff education efforts. Arrow Senior Living has launched a resident-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) speaker series for employee and resident education. Residents interview speakers who represent some of the relevant topics of the day related to diversity, equity, and inclusion ranging from non-binary people and use of pronouns to Juneteenth history. Through our tradition’s council, which coordinates core resident and employee cultural celebrations and education, we work actively to celebrate diversity within our community. This has created a means for residents and employees to join in recognition of each other. The road ahead is to ensure that diversity and inclusion is not just an initiative. Moving forward requires necessary conversations to address discomfort and to open dialogue on important perspectives. This helps to ensure that we are providing not only an enjoyable place to retire, but one where seniors can feel enriched, safe, and excited about life!

Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, IN offers senior villas, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Recently renovated amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of E 3rd Street on SR 446, Gentry Park balances a peaceful, natural environment with quick access to the local shopping and attractions of greater Bloomington.

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Gentry Park Senior Living

901 S Hastings Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

Arrow Senior Living serves and employs individuals of all faiths, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or handicap, except as limited by state and federal law.

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