Our Farm to Care Food Program

Each of Living Well Group’s (LWG) locations, Heaton Woods Residence and Ethan Allen Residence, offers unique programming and on-and off-site engagement opportunities for our residents as appropriate in today’s pandemic world. This includes expressive arts therapy, music therapy, geriatric massage therapy, yoga/movement therapy, on-site gardening, and our Farm to Care food program.

LWG’s Farm to Care food program, which has been recognized by the Vermont Health Care Association through their annual Culinary Award, prioritizes local-purchasing and promotes on-site gardening to provide residents with delicious, nutritious, and locally sourced meals. Each campus has raised beds that are used to plant vegetables, fruits, and herbs for use in our meals. Each garden is maintained by our staff and residents, which not only provides residents with an opportunity to engage in deeply meaningful horticulture therapy, but also gives them ownership over the food that they eat. Fostering a sense of ownership helps to nurture the home-like environment that we value so much at LWG. Chefs at each of our residences offer healthy, delicious options based on whole foods that include items from our on-site resident-and-volunteer-tended vegetable gardens as well as locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and proteins whenever we can.

Living Well Group Receives Donation from Northfield Savings Bank

Northfield Savings Bank’s Vice President of Commercial Banking, Rosemarie White, presents the donation to Living Well Group’s Executive Director, Geoff Lindemer, at their Waterbury branch office.

We are pleased to announce a generous contribution from Northfield Savings Bank to support our work. As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization Living Well Group relies on the philanthropic support of private entities such as Northfield Savings Bank to help us achieve our mission. Licensed by the state of Vermont as a Level III residential care organization, we serve individuals who are 60 years of age or older and we are one of a handful of facilities that accept residents who are Medicaid eligible.

We operate two residential care homes, one in Burlington (Ethan Allen Residence) and one in Montpelier (Heaton Woods Residence), serving nearly 100 Vermont seniors and their families. We provide care for people 60+ with a focus on well-being, including engaging activities that help prevent social isolation, keep residents healthy, and bring the community into our residences, as well as bring our residents out into the community as appropriate in today’s pandemic world.

This generous donation will help offset the additional pandemic related expenses the organization has continued to incur during the last eighteen months. This year’s donation was presented by Northfield Savings Bank’s Vice President of Commercial Banking, Rosemarie White, to Living Well Group’s Executive Director, Geoff Lindemer, at their Waterbury branch office.  

Mr. Lindemer noted that their long-term relationship with the bank has been a key resource during the last eighteen months. “Especially during this pandemic, a solid relationship with our bank has been critically important. Northfield Savings Bank has been with us every step of the way.”

“In addressing community needs, Northfield Savings Bank believes in the strength and synergy that results from dynamic investments and partnerships,” said Ms. White. “We understand the importance of working together to help keep people and communities moving forward during good times and particularly during challenging times.”

About Northfield Savings Bank                                                                                                                           

Northfield Savings Bank is the largest bank headquartered in Vermont, with 14 branches serving consumer and commercial customers in central Vermont and Chittenden County. Founded in 1867, NSB has remained a mutual institution throughout its history, focused on strong community impact in the Green Mountain State. NSB’s full range of products and services is detailed at nsbvt.com.

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Careers

We have a number of open positions. Please follow the link below to view our current openings: https://LivingWellGroup.appone.com At Living Well Group, we offer careers where you can make a difference in peoples’ lives every day. Your work here will strengthen our communities. We seek applicants who are kind, responsible, committed, and can work well/have Read More…

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