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By: Marissa Salvesen on May 19th, 2016

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MOF Resident Recognized for Distinguished Accomplishment


Middlewoods of Farmington Resident Recognized by CALA(Farmington, CT – May 17, 2016) Cal Kaiser, a resident of Middlewoods of Farmington Independent and Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) with the Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award, an award which honors the distinguished service and accomplishments of senior living residents. Kaiser, along with twenty residents from other senior living communities across the state, was nominated to receive this prestigious award because of his extraordinary example of aging and his exceptional contributions to the community.

“Cal is a true gentleman,” shared Katie Mauriello, Executive Director of Middlewoods of Farmington. “He and his wife moved to our community over 3 years ago and spent many months together enjoying their new home and their daily routines.” Cal’s wife later became ill and passed away. After losing the love of his life, Cal was devastated, but slowly began to rely on the support and connections at Middlewoods to move forward. He now volunteers as the Resident Council President and is one of Middlewoods’ most talented Wii Bowlers who competes monthly. He never misses an outing or a trip and regularly shares his life experience as a marketing professor with our staff, offering tips and advice and talking with prospective residents about making the move to senior living. “Cal’s contributions to the community and his passion for living is an example for all,” said Mauriello. “We are thrilled to be able to honor Cal in this way and celebrate this award.”

The First Annual Resident Accomplishment Awards luncheon was held at the Wesley Village Senior Living Campus (Shelton, CT) on Wednesday, April 27 th for all honorees and their guests. Awards were presented by CALA Board Chair, Randy Phillips, with opening remarks made by CALA President, Christopher Carter, and a welcome address offered by Peter Belval, Vice President of Wesley Village Operations. Carlene Rhea, Director of Mission Development for Wesley Village/United Methodist Homes and First Vice President of CALA, extended her thanks to everyone who attended this very special event and best wishes to all the honorees. “CALA is honored and delighted to acknowledge and recognize the inspiring residents who live in our many communities. Each and every one of them is the reason we all come to work each day. They represent an outstanding group of people,” stated Rhea.

The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) is a trade association which represents the Assisted Living industry in Connecticut. CALA’s mission is to promote the growth of Assisted Living in the state including the development, marketing and operation of communities. CALA provides education and training while fostering ethical standards and the best business practices. CALA also serves as a legislative advocate and information resource for its members. For more information about the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA), please visit www.ctassistedliving.com.

Middlewoods of Farmington is an award-winning independent and assisted living community affiliated with the UConn Health Center. The community is located at 509 Middle Road in Farmington. For more information about Middlewoods or to schedule a tour, please contact Ginny Brown at 860.284.5700 or visit www.middlewoodsoffarmington.org.  Middlewoods of Farmington is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local, not-for- profit organization based in Shelton, CT.

Photo Caption: Middlewoods of Farmington resident, Cal Kaiser, pictured with Middlewoods of Farmington Executive Director, Katie Mauriello at the First Annual Resident Accomplishment Awards luncheon on April 27th.

About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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