Suzanne Newman joins Kelley Smith at CarePartners Senior Living to talk about CarePartners’ commitment to community, being involving in the chamber of commerce, rotary club, food drives, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other outreach. Learn more at their website.
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The following podcast is provided by care partners living and answers for elders radio and welcome back everyone to answers for elders radio network. In our final segment with that wonderful Kelly Smith and care partnering a living and you have been, you know, we’ve kind of been through the whole roundabout of where you started and where you are today. And you know, we’ve got six communities on the horizon and you have done so well with your philosophy and, like you know, really specifically come together in this community but also, for the first time going out of state, which is amazing, which is going to Tucson, which is pretty exciting. So but I Kelly, I want to I want to circle back a little bit. We started out the segment on, you know, your company and your values and but I happen to know a whole site of you guys that is there for community, and so I really you know, tell me about your commitment to community and how does that affect what you do? Well, you can’t just move into a new town with a new business and go hi, love me, love me, I’m here. It doesn’t work like FSH. No, it doesn’t. People want to know. Okay, great, well, you’re here, but they’re just like when you’re a new neighbor in the neighborhood. Nobody brings you take right away. They watch you for a week. Yeah, it’s kind of the same thing. You can’t move into a new neighborhood and just expect to get business. It’s just like any relationship. You got to work at it. So what we get involved with is, for example, Rotary Chamber. You know, you get involved with the local community to find out what kind of things can you do? We’ve done food drives, my folks have done all kinds of amazing things. The chambers always got something cool going on that you can get involved with. Rotaries the same thing. But as far as like outreach, for example, one of the calls that I had this morning was with the Alzheimer’s Association. I got the privilege of speaking with Corey and Adrian over there and we are going to be doing some sponsorships this year and and getting very involved in walk and to us that’s also giving me in community. It’s very much you know, getting involved in, you know, the local walks. I think is very important. But also when we move into a community, we hire you got to remember, like when we build in Marysville, there’s a new jobs in Marysville. Yeah, you see what I’m saying. So when you got to look at it that way too. You know, when you move into a new community, as a community continues to grow and if you continue to grow in that that neighborhood, you know, like I said, if we if we build again in Bremerton, look at the job opportunities we’re going to bring there. Yeah, you all those little things and it’s also I think you are a big supporter of our industry. You know what I love about care partners is you support the Home Care Association. You support, you know, other types of industry type events. One of those you do is you do an event called revitalize you, which we haven’t ever even talked about on this program but you bring people together in the industry. You really refresh yourself to get into a situation where you can network with people from other communities and you know you have founded that. You put that together and it’s it’s a it’s a very positive thing that people know care partners, they know that you’re that you are a incredible ally rather than competitor. I love you, coined the phrase we’re not competitors in the industry where co editors, we work together. Actually, I need to correct that real quick. That was Mike Garner, I believe is why I quoted him. But to get together and somebody quoted me saying it, but I got to be honest, that was not meet him up with that. That was well, you told me what I love and and the thing is is that in our industry, I keep saying, you know, probably one of the biggest points that really came to me when I entered this industry now, thirteen, fourteen years ago, was the fact that people like each other. They don’t, they’re not, they’re not adversarial in our industry. And then in no, no, and the ones that are reason yeah, and I know, wants and the ones in this industry that are in it for the wrong reasons usually get get gone pretty quick. Yeah, you know, and it’s not because we’re you know, we’re not a was, a canceled, you know community. I’m not saying that. What I’m saying is is that when you are around really genuine people all the time and you’re not, you’re going to know you’re not going to fit in. So a lot of these people make their own you know, they just go do something else. Overall, go ahead, nose can say, but overall we really do yeah, you know, you know, you talked about home care and hospice. You know, I was laughing the other big so I thought, if anybody ever ever sit down and looked at what all my friends do for a living, you know, they’d realize almost all of my friends are in this industry. Isn’t that crazy? Yeah, and and we all get along. It’s like I do my my monthly little gathering wine down Fridays, which is been really kind of a new tradition that we started, and one of the things that’s great as I invite people from all different communities and parts of the industry and they love getting together, they love connect and and that’s the thing I think that’s so important and valuable to all of our families, because we’ll be the first one to say, and this is the other thing, I think one of the misconceptions of that consumers or people have families have is that you’re going to hear you’re young, you know your your loved one is going to be shoved into a community whether they want to be there. Or not, or you know you’re going to try to make him in, come in there. I’m not saying there aren’t, there aren’t communities like that, because there are. But overall, I would say the majority of the communities that are out there are in it for the best of your left one and if they’re not a fit for their community, they know who is and they work very, very well together and I think, telly, you’re one of the biggest inspirers of that concept. Well, I don’t know about that. I just know that what I got started in the industry so many years ago, what fifteen, sixteen years ago? I think that one of the things that you really rattled for me was was was again that you know, why aren’t we all working together a little bit tighter? But it wasn’t just me to have that feeling right. And when you get all these people together and everybody feels the same way, there’s a talking about it. And so, you know, next thing you know, we really do have people referring to each other and and and getting together and doing these networking events. You know, zoom meetings are great, but it’s not the same now, you know, and so getting it chips to see people was brought up. Revitalize you, because I got to get that screeker started again. Yeah, so I don’t get you know, I think that people in our industry, we appreciate it. I just got an invitation from Rebecca Bowman from her coffee time. She’s awesome. Thousand Meeting this model in the second of June and it’s going to be a really big event and I am so in awe of her. Yes, and, like we’ve talked about a million times, Rebecca has been on my program a lot and I you know, almost every time she’s on I get phone calls saying she’s amazing. Is She really for real? I’m not going yeah, yeah, she’s a she’s a she’s a really good soul, good person. Yes, he has, and you know, we have a lot of good souls and I absolutely am blessed to have the circle of people that I can bring to our listeners because I know that there are listeners out there each and every day that are looking for answers, they’re looking for, you know, ways in which to take the next step forward and they’re also, you know, afraid of making the wrong choices. and to reach out to somebody like Kelly or like myself or like Rebecca. You know we have a heart for your loved one and certainly will help and you know, if we’re our listeners, knew it’s like when I first got on this call, I was telling Kelly a call that I up last night about a lady and it was my heart was broken for her and I said, you know, what do I did. I tell the family the right thing, and yes, I did, and Kelly gave me so much more, you know, resources and information, which I think is so important that we collaborate like this and that’s part of the building community, it’s part of coming together in a situation where we can connect and we can build each other up and get provide support for one another. And I exactly. I appreciate you so much. In my life, my friends go thank you have you have a guided me and more than one occasion, and certainly, how many times have I called you and said, Kelly, I need a favor? You know I get a lot of those goals. Cracks me up, but you you’d said something, but you know, it’s just something that keeps coming back to me here. Oh darnet being and I missed it because you would have liked this talk about. What are you saying? Right before that? We’re talking about supporting one another and being and collaborating and yeah, next, next show, we’ll talk about it. There we go, there we go. Yeah, you know, you just again this this whole collaboration thing. Well, that’s what I was going to tell you. Our our philosophy has always been. You know, what is the girl? What is the referral? Honestly, it is sending somebody you love to somebody you trust. And so how do you love that, how do you trust somebody if you don’t take the time to get to know them? I’m like I said, I’ve got friends in this industry that are lifelong friends now, because we also share a passion, you know, and you have certain things in common, you’re bound to become friends. We do, you know, we absolutely do. And you know how many times? Well, we go to an event, you know, like my husband and I will go to a wedding or or gathering of some sort and you know, my husband appease me and say, well, honey, the seniors are over there, you go see your people. Sorry, okay, because he knows me right, but that’s the beauty of this. He’s having that incredible connection to do something great. And you know, my friend that I talked to last night that sent me this this lead that we were talking about, she’s an amazing educator and she has a passion for children and I see her with kids with Adhd and with autism and she’s amazing right and I you know, like I say, it takes a village. It’s like those of us that have different passions are what makes the world go around and I am so blessed, an honor to have people like you in my world because it helps the firm. You know, my own passions for wanting to help our families and certainly, Kelly, I’m so glad you’ve been with us to seller. Thank you, I’ve enjoyed it. Thank you for making it fun. Well, we always do and we always love having you, Kelly, and for each and every one of you, please go to care partners livingcom. I know we didn’t do that beginning because obviously we have commercials running in between every segment, but what I want to make sure that everyone knows is that we are just honored to work with care partners and excited for what’s to come in the future. And if you have any questions. Again, check out the website and also go check out the new community in the at the Arbor in Firmerton. And Kelly, thanks again for being thank you and I appreciate it and for each and every one of you, you have a wonderful week and and you know what I always say at the end, do good, toolch other. The preceding podcast was provided by care partners living and answers for elders radio. To contact care partners living, go to care partners livingcom
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Originally published May 22, 2022