James Riley O’Donnell, a 15 year 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. This award honors the service and accomplishments of senior living residents. James Riley O’Donnell, fondly known as Riley, was nominated to receive this prestigious award because of his extraordinary example of aging and his exceptional contributions to the community.
Linda Midwinter, a member of the Nursing staff at Middlewoods, explains, “Riley’s past profession as a guidance counselor has truly carried on into this next chapter of his life. He has a way of making people feel special and cared about.” Riley shows concern for the physical, spiritual and emotion needs of his fellow community members in many ways. He leads a weekly rosary group, visits fellow community members in rehabilitation centers, celebrates the lives of beloved community members who have passed away, and connects with everyone he meets, whether it be staff members, nurses, residents or guests. Midwinter continues, “I feel so very blessed to know James Riley O’Donnell. He has touched the lives and hearts of many here at Middlewoods of Farmington.”
Riley and nineteen other selected recipients throughout the state were honored at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Congratulations, CALA award winners! He is photographed here with award-winners from two other assisted living communities in Connecticut, Crosby Commons and Middlewoods of Newington. Both of these communities are affiliated with United Methodist Homes, a not-for-profit, mission-based organization.
Middlewoods of Farmington Independent and Assisted Living Community is located at 509 Middle Road in Farmington and is affiliated with the UConn Health Center. For more information about senior living at Middlewoods, please visit www.middlewoodsoffarmington.org or contact Ginny Brown at 860.284.5700.