Introducing New Board Member Mark Ervin

Westminster is honored to announce Mark Ervin to its Board of Directors. Mark is a local Attorney at Beasley & Gilkison. Mark’s extensive volunteer experience in many different community organizations and boards as well as his legal expertise, will contribute greatly to our organization’s mission.

Gay Nation Retires from Westminster Village

GAY NATION – MARKETING DIRECTOR RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 11/2017 TO 5/2020

We have truly been blessed with the talent, creativity and genuine expressiveness of Gay Alice Nation during the past two years and six months at Westminster Village.

We are making a bittersweet announcement regarding her retirement effective May 29th, 2020. Often times in life, we are given opportunities to expand, grow, learn and experience so many different people, places and adventures. At this time, Gay has chosen to write a new chapter in her life’s journey.

As Gay shared in her letter of resignation dated, March 2nd, 2020, “Life is fleeting, so I have decided to retire….and focus on my art gallery.. Brinkman Gallery. I have worked at Westminster Village for only two years and three months, and although those have been some of the best years of my life, I am looking forward to the next chapter.” Gay also stated, “I have had the privilege to work with, and getting to know and serve our residents. I have genuinely enjoyed my time with my co-workers, fellow supervisors, and the marketing team….and the opportunity to work in a climate that makes it a pleasure to come to work each morning.”

As we reflect on these last two and a half years, there have been many changes in our world. Gay has been a shining light with her communication and technology skills, bringing to us many new connections that provide quality events, as well as, guiding us through a new phase of expanding our social media presence. Especially during these last two and half months, Gay has assisted us greatly in the way we care for and protect those we serve. For that, we will forever be grateful.

We are genuinely wishing her the very best as she enters into the next phase of life, pursuing her passion for art. Good Luck!

Our Eleven Graduates of Academy for Community Leadership

Westminster Village has partnered with the Academy for Community Leadership co-sponsored by Muncie-Delaware Co. Chamber of Commerce  and Ball State University by providing a speaker and sending a class member for many years. Currently we  have eleven employees who have graduated from this leadership program.

Since 1976, the Academy for Community Leadership has contributed to the growth of Muncie and Delaware County’s community leaders through a ten-week program. The Academy enables several individuals each year to broaden their view of civic leadership and further develop their talents to meet community needs.

ACL is a vehicle to promote our community leaders while providing valuable networking opportunities for participants. Participants are exposed to our local history, business community, government, health care, cultural awareness, education, leadership styles and more. For over 40 years, community leaders have participated in this beneficial program. As a participant, we have all heard from key leaders of our community, participated in a community project, met new people, and toured various locations and facilities throughout Delaware County.

Westminster Village current employees that have graduated from the ACL program:

Back row from left to right:
Dawn Jarvis, RN Nursing Manager; Julie Walker, Health Center Marketing and Admissions Director; Tyler Ewing, Sales Consultant; Tiffany Anderson, DTR-Nutritional Services; Tony Elder, CDM, Food Services Director; Gay Nation, Marketing Director

Front row left to right:
Dale Lindley, HFA, CPA, President; Holly Haskell, Executive Assistant; Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA, Vice President; Cathy Jones, Human Resources Manage; Melody Scoble, Residential Admissions Coordinator

Great Times at BSU BINGO night at Westminster Village

Check out this fun video from our recent BSU BINGO night at Westminster Village! Thank you Justin, Jeff and Josh, Ball State sports, Charlie Cardinal, Code Red and the Cheer Team for an awesome evening of fun playing BINGO at Westminster Village.

How Will You Know It’s Time To Downsize?

Many older adults find that the home they have lived in for many years, even decades, although comfortable and familiar, has become too difficult to maintain. Even knowing that, what are the signs that say it is time to take the step to downsize into something smaller and convenient?

Making the decision to move will be one of the biggest decisions you will make. It would be easier to stay in your home than to think about what to do all of your belongings that has accumulated over the years. For most people, this is just too overwhelming to even think about, so they stay in their home.

For some, the choice to move might be their only option. The home has become too large to take care of. They can’t do the yard work like they used to. In the winter it isn’t safe to shovel snow or even walk out to the mailbox. If something breaks, they need to find someone to fix it or ask a family member to help. The maintenance and overall upkeep could just be more than they want to manage.

Many people who have lost a spouse or their children no longer live in the family home, feel lonely and desire to be around people again. If they no longer drive, they will have to rely on someone to take them places. Moving into a residential retirement community like Westminster Village can help with the loneliness because of all the new friendships they will make, as well as renew old friendships, and enjoy all the activities they can participate in.

The decision to move into a smaller home, or to a residential retirement community, may prove to be the best option for safety, security and convenience. A person should give themselves time to downsize if possible. Be sure and visit several communities to know what best fits your lifestyle.

It might prove beneficial to hire a Professional Organizer to help move what is needed and give away items to family members, friends or charities. This process can be as painless as possible to enjoy their life in a maintenance-free, stress-free residential or assisted living apartment that offers many amenities including activities, exercise, security & more.

Melody Scoble
Residential Admissions Coordinator
Westminster Village Muncie, wvmuncie.com

Transitioning Parents to Retirement Communities

As part of the Marketing Team at Westminster Village Muncie, our goal is to help families navigate the process of moving their parents into a Retirement or Assisted Living Community. Many times we are asked, “when is the right time” or, the big question, “where do we begin?”

Where do you begin?

Go shopping! Check out all the retirement communities in your city and really see which one would be the best fit. Touring through the facility is the best way to really see how the residents are living. It is a good idea to go visiting before you need to make the move and when you aren’t in a panic. Don’t wait until it is an emergency and you have to make a snap decision. Being prepared is always the best policy.

A good Marketing Team will walk you through the process, give you prices, and answer all your questions. They are there to simplify as much as possible for the families and prospective residents.

When is the right time?

Each person will move to a community for a different reason. Many times, the parent has health issues and simply can’t live at home anymore. They might be falling or forgetting to eat. Those that have lost spouses become lonely and would like to have a social life again. Whatever the reason, make sure the community you choose has the nursing staff and amenities to help the new resident feel right at home.

Can you “try it out” first?

Ask the Marketing person if you can have lunch. A community should invite prospective residents and family members to come enjoy a complimentary lunch to sample the food. Eating is a big part of the resident’s day, so hopefully they will like the food.

Does the community you are looking at offer a trial period? Some communities offer a trial period, encouraging prospective residents to move into a furnished apartment and all they have to do is pack a bag. Three or four months is the perfect amount of time to see if the community will suit your family member.

The community you are looking at should be making the move-in transition as easy and smooth as possible. Yes, there might be hiccups along the way and leaving the home your family has lived in for many years is hard and it may be difficult to downsize. We understand that and see it every day. For many, the move to a community is easy but for others, it takes a while to settle in. A great community and staff will do their best to make the transition easy.

Written by: Melody Scoble

BSU Wrecking Crew Trumpet Ensemble to Perform at Westminster

12/05 – 7:00 pm – BSU Wrecking Crew Trumpet Ensemble

The Ball State University Wrecking Crew Trumpet Ensemble will be performing at Westminster Village, in Legacy Commons, on Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:00 pm. The Wrecking Crew consists of trumpet majors at BSU. They spend their time studying music, playing trumpet, and playing in trumpet ensemble. They will be playing a variety of notable Christmas songs to spread Christmas cheer!

Youth Symphony Orchestra

12/08 – 2:00 pm – Youth Symphony Orchestra

On Saturday, December 8th, at 2:00 pm, the Youth Symphony will be performing at Westminster Village in Legacy Commons. Founded in 1964, the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana, bring together young musicians from Delaware and surrounding counties to provide weekly orchestral experiences specifically tailored for students ages 5 to 18.

The Bells Are Ringing At Westminster Village

12/09 – 7:00 pm – Holiday Chimers

The Holiday Chimers will bring their beautiful Christmas sounds to Westminster’s Legacy Commons on Sunday, December 9th, at 7:00 pm. The Holiday Chimers will certainly get everyone in the holiday spirit!

MSO Marimba Ensemble Holiday Show

12/11 – 7:00 pm – “Friends of the Orchestra” – MSO Marimba Percussion Ensemble Holiday Show, Sing-a-Long

Five members of the MSO Percussion section will be at Westminster Village, to play the marimba, on Tuesday, December 11th, at 7:00 pm. The ensemble will be playing a selection of Christmas songs such as Silver Bells, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, The Christmas Song, and more. They will also be playing some carols that folks can sing along to.

Members of the Ensemble: Cheryl Guise, Cara Pittenger, Stephanie Carter, David Robbins and Greg Wolff.

Some of our selections…

  • Russian Dance (Trepak)
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Silver Bells
  • Dance Of The Flutes
  • The Christmas Song
  • Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers

The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets called knobs to produce musical tones. Resonators or pipes suspended underneath the bars amplify their sound. The bars of a chromatic marimba are arranged like the keys of a piano, with the groups of two and three accidentals raised vertically, overlapping the natural bars to aid the performer both visually and physically. This instrument is a type of idiophone, but with a more resonant and lower-pitched tessitura than the xylophone. A person who plays the marimba is called a marimbist or a marimba player.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.