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Vibrant Living. Each life has a unique history that adds to the richness of the communities that we create together at Living Well Residences. Honoring the past while providing dignity, personalized support and holistic wellness in the present is at the heart of everything we do.

Finding purpose and everyday joys are essential to living vibrantly. Our residents have the ability to choose which activities, events and outings they would like to participate in while receiving encouragement and support as they do. Whether it is tending the resident and volunteer gardens, taking a yoga class or participating in a game or activity with a friend, Living Well residents have a large variety of daily activities to keep their mind active, their body moving and their social engagement plentiful.


My mom has lived at Ethan Allen for two years. She moved in during a family crisis. The day she moved in, the Wellness Director found she didn’t need oxygen. She had been on oxygen for 13 years. This gave her back a freedom she’d longed for. She used to say she felt like a dog on a chain. My mom lived alone, and while she had lots of help from family, she had few visitors. Now she considers Ethan Allen her home. She’s happy and would not go back to living alone. She has friends, and caring staff who give her lots of hugs and kisses. She is surrounded by love. She has independence, yet gets the help she needs to greet each day with a fresh start. She is encouraged to participate in life. She loves the meals, music, games, and art. She stayed overnight with a friend last summer, and when she returned to Ethan Allen, she hurried to hug her roommate. Her roommate asked,“Was it fun?” Mom said,”Yes, but it’s good to be home.” I visit my mom a lot. I’m getting to connect with her, to know her in new ways. These are truly golden years for the two of us. Thank you, Ethan Allen, from the bottom of my heart.

Linda Presson

I write to recommend Ethan Allen Residence to any who are seeking compassionate, comprehensive care for a loved one. My mother is completing her first year as a resident, and it has been a great experience. Despite her long-standing fears about leaving her home, she is happy there, and so are we, her children. Ethan Allen’s small number of residents and thoughtful quality of care promote a peaceful atmosphere. Opportunities to garden, to socialize, and to participate in activities and outings are provided regularly to all. The food is not only healthy but good. Each staff member I have communicated with has impressed me with their professionalism and their devotion to making sure the residents are properly cared for. Also noteworthy is the ability of the staff to handle and diffuse difficult situations among people of varying abilities, showing respect and kindness to all. At all times, resident care, delivered with a smile, is the hallmark of Ethan Allen Residence.

Anonymous

Virginia, Tally and I found Halloween memorable. The doorbell rang continually as scores of children were greeted by residents manning the doors. We all cheered the Living Well Drumming Circle as they passed by in the Fourth of July parade. We enjoyed the artwork at their openings at the Bristol Library and the Bakery, where they also read their poetry aloud. We were surprised and delighted by the ukulele group that comes to practice in the dining room. It’s all lively testimony to Living Well’s vibrant place in the community.

Jerri Amici

What impressed me about Living Well was the comfortable home like environment and the holistic approach to aging and care Living Well supports. Living Well’s activities are designed to effect their innovative holistic approach to caring for vulnerable elders like: an organic vegetable garden where they grow many of their foods, elders choosing to “pitch in” to help with chores like help prep a meal, day excursions to go fish, the drumming circle. Such life at Living Well. Such care to the details in keeping the environment clean, green and joyful.

Maggie Sherman

After about a year of staying at Living Well I began to notice profound changes. First of all as a result of doctors determining her medication levels were incorrect, she began to become more coherent. This was a result of Living Well making sure she was being cared for properly. Mom on a long term basis tends to be antisocial, however I have seen significant friendships develop with both staff and residents of Living Well.

Michael Morera

I have worked with Living Well Care Home of Bristol, Vermont, and its residents in the capacity of Activities Director for over five years. During this time I have witnessed and supported Living Well’s core mission of bringing integrative approaches to the health and well being of elders in its care. Art activities for Living Well’s residents range from planting, tending and harvesting its organic gardens, to the wellness practices of meditation, Tai Chi and chair yoga. The visual arts of photography, painting and collage and a high quality music program also benefit the residents in deepening their social connection and emotional well being. Finally, both as a staff member and as residents’ council facilitator, I have observed and participated in the process of Dynamic Governance, Living Well’s unique approach to ongoing responsive improvement of its many programs. Time and again I have seen residents’ ideas, interests and concerns met with proactive interest. It is a privilege to live and grow in community with Living Well’s staff and residents. I wholeheartedly endorse Living Well’s mission of providing sustainable, integrative approaches to health and well being and any funding efforts which would further this mission.

Madeleine Piat-Landolt

Very pleasant environment. Love they have activities for the residents and work to keep residents active physically and mentally. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Staff are always very respectful, caring, and social with residents. It’s a place where staff know all the residents by name and always address them by first name, which my Mom even commented on. It’s very convenient to have a kitchenette on each floor so family can have a cup of tea or coffee when visiting their family member. Staff are easy to communicate with for family members.

Heaton Woods Residence Family Member

It has been a week since our family met with you about a number of issues pertaining to Dad’s current care. I wanted you to know how grateful we all are for the time that you spent with us in answering our questions and in problem-solving to find ways to help Dad through his current health difficulties. It was useful for us to understand our options as we plan the most appropriate care for our parents in their final days. You were patient and thorough with us and we are grateful.

Heaton Woods Residence Family Member

It has been a week since our family met with you about a number of issues pertaining to Dad’s current care. I wanted you to know how grateful we all are for the time that you spent with us in answering our questions and in problem-solving to find ways to help Dad through his current health difficulties. It was useful for us to understand our options as we plan the most appropriate care for our parents in their final days. You were patient and thorough with us and we are grateful.

Heaton Woods Residence Family Member

I also want to go beyond the thank you for the meeting to let you know that we are very grateful for what Heaton Woods has given to our parents. Heaton Woods has become a big family for them and they often express to us their gratefulness for the generous and caring staff. When they entered, several years ago it was difficult to envision that they would make such an easy transition from independent living to assisted living; it is a credit to all of you for being able to assimilate two such independent-minded individuals.

Heaton Woods Residence Family Member

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