The Aqua Turf Club

Another year for the books: CALA and ISLE’s 29th Annual Assisted Living Conference & Trade Show was a hit!
Whether it was laughing it up at Seth Herzog and Montgomery Frazier’s phenomenal keynote speech, getting a taste of greatness at the Chef Challenge, learning more about our dedicated booths or networking with senior living professionals, this year’s conference was truly one to remember!
Our wholehearted thanks goes out to our sponsors, exhibitors, the Aqua Turf Club and, of course, everyone who attended: we can’t wait to see you all and even more new faces next year!

CALA's 2024 Annual RN SALSA Course

Sponsored By: Connecticut Pharmacy and Hancock Pharmacy

CALA’s Annual RN SALSA Course was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended May 9th and 10th, our sponsors Connecticut Pharmacy and Hancock Pharmacy, and the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa for hosting the event. See you again next year!

The 2023 CALA Annual & Best Practice Awards were an incredible success!

Congratulations to our esteemed winners for their hand in helping CALA communities strive to provide the best in senior care. And of course, thank you to our members who attended CALA’s Annual Meeting, we hope to see you again next year! 

2023 Award Winners: 

  • 2023 CALA Humanitarian Award – Deborah Grace Astrom, Middlewoods of Farmington 
  • 2023 CALA Distinguished Service Award – Magdalena Canseco, Shady Oaks Assisted Living 
  • 2023 CALA Young Leader of the Year Award – Ellyn Gorman, Village at Kensington Place 
  • 2023 CALA Best Practices Award: Staff Recruitment & Retention – Waveny LifeCare Network 
  • 2023 CALA Best Practices Award: Managed Residential Services – Academy Point at Mystic 
  • 2023 CALA Best Practices Award: Resident Care – Maplewood at Stony Hill 

CALA's Clean & Safe Certification

The COVID pandemic changed life dramatically for every senior living community.  CALA members have demonstrated excellence by providing the highest level of service to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff throughout this unprecedented time. CALA is honored to be leading the way for Connecticut’s senior living providers as we work together to overcome challenges and find new ways to bring solutions and joy to the hearts of those we serve.

CALA facilitated a network for mutual support and, as part of that effort, developed the CALA Clean & Safe Certification program which recognizes communities that are meeting and adhering to Clean & Safe guidelines for Cleaning Protocols,  Organization, Staff, and Resident Considerations.

McLean is award the Purple Flag

Purple Flag for Dementia CareTM is an accreditation program developed to enhance the quality of services provided to individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

CALA's Annual Outstanding Resident Service Awards and
CALA's Annual Outstanding Resident Accomplishment Awards

CALA recently held its annual Outstanding Resident Service Awards, achieving a record number of award submissions and recipients – a true testament to our mission at work! Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Read more about this historic event and honorees below, and we hope to see you all again next year!

Resident Accomplishment:

  • Karen K., BSL at Split Rock 
  • Barbara T. Maplewood at Orange 
  • Linda A., The Atrium at Rocky Hill 
  • Marcia H., Maplewood at Stony Hill 
  • Howard B., The Greens at Cannondale 
  • Carl C., Arbors of Hop Brook, Manchester 
  • Lois G., BSL at Hamden 
  • Dolores W. The Greens at Greenwich 
  • Paul Ro., Coachman Square at Woodbridge 
  • Jane P., The Village at Mariner’s Point, East Haven 
  • Jane D., Maplewood at Southport 
  • Owen C., The Village at Brookfield Common 

Resident Service:

  • Pauline Gaucher, Harbor Program Coordinator, Academy Point, Mystic 
  • Amy Vazquez, Lead RCA, The Atrium at Rocky Hill 
  • LaRhonda McCrea, Program Director, BSL at Hamden 
  • Edmie Vazquez, CNA, Chatham Place at Mary Wade 
  • Manny Padin, Lead Caregiver, Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull 
  • Tayvon Moncrease, Lead CNA, Coachman Square at Woodbridge 
  • Doreen Burgos, Fairfield County Hospice House 
  • Rolain Lamour, CNA, Maplewood at Danbury 
  • Nancy Pelletier, LPN, Masonicare at Mystic 
  • John Ryan, Maintenance Technician, Middlebrook Farms Trumbull 
  • Maria Rodrigues, Activities Manager, Motif by Monarch Southbury 
  • Maryann Springer, Pomperaug Woods, Southbury 
  • Serita Campbell, LPN Wellness Nurse, Maplewood at Stony Hill 
  • Rachel Adamaitis, Resident Care Associate, Village at South Farms, Middletown 
  • Natalie Chabot, Lead Community Nurse, Whitney Center, Inc., Hamden 
  • Lynn Pimentel, Receptionist, Masonicare at Ashlar Village

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting CALA's 29th Annual Conference & Trade Show in March 2024

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