Waveny Celebrates 40 Years
Posted on April 22, 2015
On April 22, 2015, Waveny LifeCare Network will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the day its 5-star skilled nursing center, Waveny Care Center, first opened its doors. With US News & World Report recently naming Waveny Care Center among the nation’s best Nursing Homes of 2015 due to its perfect 5-star rating, the non-profit organization has much to celebrate.
Since its 1975 inception, excellence has served as the compass and cornerstone of the Waveny organization’s mission and commitment to the community. “In everything we do, we emphasize person-centered care that tailors services to individual needs and preferences,” said Bill Piper, Waveny’s Chief Executive Officer. “The belief that our elders represent the heart of the community and should be treated with respect and dignity is at the core of Waveny’s history, development and vision for the future.”
Perhaps the key to Waveny’s longevity is its careful balance between a proud history and its capacity for reinvention. “Mission-driven and dynamic, Waveny stands the test of time,” said Kristin Sinatra, Waveny’s Director of Marketing. “Always propelled by community support, our mission is truly to adapt nimbly to meet the changing preferences and growing needs of older adults and their families within lower Fairfield County and beyond.”
As those senior needs and preferences have morphed and diversified over the past four decades, Waveny has responded proactively, resulting in a history characterized by growth and evolution. Fueled by the community’s generosity and an unpreceded capital campaign, Waveny opened its world-renowned Village in 2001 – an award-winning assisted living residence completely dedicated to therapeutic memory care. The following year in 2002, Waveny merged with New Canaan Inn (now simply called The Inn) to broaden its scope of service to include independent living. Always reassessing and revisiting rather than resting on its laurels, Waveny created brand-new couples suites at both The Village and The Inn just this past year in another act of reinvention.
Most recently, Waveny has focused much attention toward broadening its community-based services. “Home- and community-based services allow us to serve people beyond our walls and physical footprint,” said Piper. 2012 saw the launch of Waveny Home Healthcare, and 2013 the introduction of Waveny’s companion and homemaker service called Waveny at Home. Also in 2013, the organization collectively rebranded as Waveny LifeCare Network. “LifeCare is a powerful word,” said Sinatra. “It implies so much about what we are and what we do as a continuum of care with simplicity and precision.”
Also underpinning the non-profit organization’s aptitude for delivering upon state-of-the-art best practices is its powerful penchant for fundraising, “friend-raising” and development. Waveny’s ongoing efforts to continually improve itself are largely driven by community support through grants, fundraising events and annual appeals. Recent results include a 750 kW generator powerful enough to light up the entire main campus, a network-wide transition to Point of Service or “Restaurant Style” Dining, the implementation of wound care, respiratory and IV therapy programs at the Care Center to accommodate trends in growing acuity, as well as a series of comprehensive refurbishments and upgrades at the Care Center, The Village and The Inn. The organization recently hosted its 7th annual Mixed Paddle Platform Tennis tournament, and is actively preparing for its 13th annual “Swinging for Seniors,” Golf & Tennis outing that raises funds for Waveny’s resident aid program and helps to support those who cannot afford the full cost of their care.
Without a doubt, the final piece of the puzzle and secret to Waveny’s success is its talented staff as well as the hundreds of volunteers who collectively donate more than 15,000 service hours throughout the organization each year. As it turns 40, Waveny LifeCare Network enthusiastically reflects upon a decorated past, an exciting present and a dynamic future.
Based in New Canaan, Connecticut, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible weekday hours and transportation, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, respite programs and community-based services including Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For information call (203) 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.