Waveny’s Village Residents make a Weekly Date for ‘Coffee with Clausette’
Posted on January 21, 2016
Residents at The Village, Waveny LifeCare Network’s unique memory care residence, enjoy “coffee talk” at their weekly “Coffee with Clausette,” hosted by long-time Waveny CNA, Clausette Brillant.
Roughly a year ago at The Village, Waveny LifeCare Network’s memory care assisted living residence, Certified Nursing Assistant, Clausette Brillant noticed a small group of residents gathered off to the side on “Main Street” sipping tea and laughing together. Inspired by the lightheartedness of their carefree conversation, she approached The Village’s director of resident care and team of recreation therapists with a plan to introduce an informal program designed simply around “coffee talk.” And the rest, as they say, is history.
Since that time, a growing number of Village residents have gathered together weekly on “Main Street” to enjoy a warm mug of coffee, tea or cocoa in each other’s good company. Formerly a teacher in Haiti, Clausette has been a dedicated CNA at The Village at Waveny since its doors first opened in 2001. “Our weekly coffee started with only a few people,” said Clausette. “But as the residents began to talk about it, word spread and more and more people discovered our little gathering.”
Clausette says several of the residents who attend her program particularly enjoy baking cookies. Others prefer to sit quietly, appreciating the company of fellow residents and listening to their conversations. “I love to see our residents enjoying themselves and each other,” she said. “It makes me happy to know I’ve helped to create a program that they really look forward to.”
When asked what she likes most about the weekly gathering, Village resident and weekly participant, Vivian, was quick to share her thoughts. “It’s not just the coffee and cookies,” she said. “Most of all I enjoy the conversations we have. It’s peaceful having coffee together with my friends and looking out into the courtyard – we can even see birds and chipmunks out there.”
“What I love most about ‘Coffee with Clausette’ is that it was created spontaneously,” said Ron Bucci, LNHA, Waveny’s Campus Administrator. “It started as an idea and developed into a powerful force to bring people together. We empower our staff to introduce individualized programs when they recognize a need, because it truly ‘takes a village’ at The Village.”
Completely dedicated to memory care, The Village at Waveny provides a therapeutic approach to assisted living. Its world-renowned indoor “Main Street” is a stimulating site for meaningful interaction among residents, Adult Day Program participants, volunteers, staff, family and friends. The Village is part of Waveny LifeCare Network, a comprehensive non-profit continuum of healthcare that serves the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Discover more about Waveny, including short-term respite lodging at The Village for caregiver relief, by calling 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visiting www.waveny.org. And, enjoy long-range confidence knowing all Village residents have priority access to Waveny’s entire non-profit continuum of care including Waveny Care Center, the organization’s 5-star Medicare and Medicaid accredited skilled nursing facility.