Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
Category: Life at The Fountains at Franklin
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 40 different classes with everything from Aromatherapy to Internet 101 to Armchair Travel to Music Appreciation and even Decorating Desserts, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]
This past week, the community stepped outside and enjoyed some fun in the sun and fresh air out at the gazebo. We enjoyed great conversations while we inhaled the sweet aroma of barbeque into our lungs and ingested the flavorful offerings into our bodies. We hope that you enjoyed your holiday just as much as we did.
This afternoon, we treated some of our residents to an elegant tea party, fit for a queen! Residents enjoyed a variety of teas and had lemon and vanilla cookies for dessert – yum! Afterwards, we did some tea trivia and puzzles to test our tea knowledge and learn something new. All in all, we had a […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 40 different classes with everything from American Trivia to History of Jazz to Gone Fishing to Nuts for Nutrition and even Color Therapy, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes […]
We sprung into spring today with a festive “Creative Crafts” class, led by our Community Life Assistant, Emma Schultz. Our Assisted Living residents were able to personalize their cute Easter Bunny Pins with various paint colors and a splash of glitter, just in time for next month’s Easter holiday! We even played some festive jazz […]
We decorated Trinket Boxes using paint and gemmed ribbon. We had a great time creating such glamorous boxes with using very few supplies. It was a quick and easy, fun and creative way to decorate a box! Everyone loved their Trinket Box!
Detailed Designs is a Watermark University class held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Sometimes all it takes is a word or two to lift your spirits, whether it’s from a friend or just a saying you stumble across. Detailed Designs is full of short but sweet inspiring messages woven into gorgeous […]
We like to give back here at The Fountains, and one of the many ways we do it is by helping people in our own community. Every month, our Assisted Living residents read to residents in The Gardens and Terrace, during our Literary Hour volunteer activity. We make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 40 different classes with everything from African-American Poetry to Planting an Herb Garden to Decorating Desserts to Fitness Fun and even Cocktails with Chef, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing […]
Here at The Fountains at Franklin, we love Christmas and all the fun that comes along with it. This December we savored the season by singing Christmas carols, decorating our trees, reading the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible, learning how Christmas is celebrated around the world, as well as a variety of Christmas crafts. […]
Today was an extremely special Friday. Normally we have outside entertainment perform, but today we decided to try something different. We enjoyed musical selections from two very special residents and also family, friends and staff participation. Robert McKenzie (vocals) and Ray Lee (bongo’s) put together an extravagant performance for all to enjoy. Family and friends also came to support and show […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]
Cheryl Naftel, The Fountains at Franklin’s Director of Dining, earned top honors in October when Morrison executives recognized her individually before a packed auditorium for enriching lives of seniors everyday. Cheryl accepted the “Living the Purpose” award at Morrison’s “Be a Star” celebration which was attended by Morrison executives in Orlando, Florida. This award compliments Cheryl […]
This past Sunday, The Fountains at Franklin enjoyed their third annual “Family and Friends Holiday Feast”. Memory Care Director Maria Blaylock, Community Life Assistant Deshina Carruthers and Morrison’s Chef Austin Jackson put together a beautiful event for the residents and family members to enjoy with their loved ones. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and […]
Every semester, Memory Care Director Maria Blaylock organizes her annual tea party for The Fountains at Franklin. This semester we enjoyed a wide variety of tea’s, assorted treats and conversation. Stay tuned for the upcoming dates for future tea parties.
We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]
This past Friday, The Fountains at Franklin celebrated a few special events. Joan Bell received an amazing award for her beautiful watercolor painting “Lillies”. It was awarded a feature spot for July in “Expressions 2017″ which is Watermark’s award-winning calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Out of hundreds of submissions from resident artists at […]
Spontaneous Circles is a Watermark University class here at The Fountains. Residents are using the shape of a circle to make a unique piece of art. The residents are given a variety of circle shaped objects and told to trace them with colored pencils, paint, or crayons. Residents enjoyed turning simple circles into creative art.
Last night, our Assisted Living residents were treated to a special October Birthday Celebration – full of puzzles, candy, punch, cupcakes, music and good company. When one of the residents walked into the living room she exclaimed, “Oh! It looks so beautiful!” It put a smile on our face as we made sure the birthday party was decorated with lots […]
Look at your own writing and you’ll see that it has a distinct look; it shows your personality. Combined with various creative techniques, your handwriting can be transformed and recognized as how you show yourself to the world in visual form. The Whimsical Lettering class is offered weekly to residents and staff. Everyone who attends […]
This past Friday two of our residents celebrated 27 years of marriage. Mr. McKenzie sang a song to his wife in honor of the love they have shared throughout the years. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie on a blissful twenty-seven years down and a lifetime to go from everyone here at The Fountains at Franklin!
Our Assisted Living residents were treated to a special guest today, craft instructor Maggie Schultz. Mrs. Schultz has been working at The Fountains for over a decade now, helping residents create extraordinary jewelry, cards and decorations. A lot of our residents know her from her monthly craft class, and were thrilled to have her with […]
Karaoke is a monthly Watermark University class taught by Sandra. The residents and staff come together to sing some of their favorite songs. No matter if you are a beginner singer or intermediate, do not be shy, it is all about the fun and enjoyment. Come join us every second Tuesday of the month in the […]
Our Assisted Living residents enjoyed a fun, festive afternoon yesterday when we held our monthly birthday party for September. We enjoyed special birthday cupcakes, topped with confetti and frosting, as well as punch, balloons and puzzles! The residents that came also made sure to sing “Happy Birthday” individually to each resident that had a birthday this month, to […]
Watermark loves pets and pets love Watermark communities as much as their people do. Fountains at Franklin resident Betty Sanders recently talked about the joys of pet companionship on PetTalkRadio. Listen to her interview below which was part of Show #872, archived here.
This past Tuesday, on September 13th our Assisted Living & Memory Care residents were treated to a party in honor of one of their most favorite games – BINGO!!! We had a great time and even played a little longer than scheduled just for the fun of it! With a packed house, lots of friends, […]
Last Friday at “Happy Hour” we had a special guest performer. A resident joined the Rick Gould Band and helped them rock the house. Everyone enjoyed the performance and most importantly, he enjoyed himself. We encourage our residents and staff to show their talents and create meaningful moments with The Fountains at Franklin.
This week in “Decorating Desserts,” class, the residents created a strawberry shortcake. This strawberry shortcake was made with French vanilla cupcakes, strawberry topping marinated in cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla and topped with whipped cream. The residents enjoyed preparing this desert, but they enjoyed eating it even more!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 50 different classes with everything from Floral Designs to Painting with a Twist to Cool Pies to Music Appreciation and even Aromatherapy, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes […]
We had a refreshing visit from Taylor International Academy today. The children sang, danced and even encouraged “color therapy” with our Memory Care and Assisted Living residents. This experience brought joy and warmth to their hearts and also to the staff. Everyone enjoyed the visit and we hope to see them again really soon.
On this hot summer day, the residents created a cool desert to beat the extreme heat. These white chocolate edible bowls were filled with ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, pecans, and topped with a cherry. It was a real treat!
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago in 1776 on July 4 by the Continental Congress. We celebrated by putting our hands to work and creating a red, white and blue three dimensional star.
This past week, the staff and residents came together and got their hands dirty. while doing so, they gained both physical and mental health benefits. Gardening is a great way to reduce stress and socialize. What are you waiting for? Go out and plant the day away!
Our Assisted Living Director shared a little American history with our residents recently. As a Baltimorean, Dorothy Burgess shared photos from her recent visit back home. The photos included the Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum, as well as the home of Mary Pickersgill where she sewed the Star Spangled Banner. The flag was thirty […]
Our caregivers look forward to providing fun ways to engage with the residents on a daily basis. This particular evening, an impromptu card game and light refreshments made for a fun after dinner treat.
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Tai Chi to French 101 to Cocktails with Chef to Color Therapy and even Spring Wreaths, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes […]
The Red Hat Society at The Fountains at Franklin is a little over a year old and a half old now. The chapter started with about ten members and has grown to over twenty-five. The group is very active and one of the highlights of a thriving community here at The Fountains. The group meets […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 15th edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. Also, for the first time, we’re pleased to have published an online gallery featuring all the artwork. We’re delighted we […]
Thanks to the Watermark University class “The Perfect Burger,” the residents who attended now know how to prepare and grill the perfect burger. Our Maintenance Team, John Felk, Michael Schornak and Jimmy Moore, demonstrated their cooking technique and also discussed proper food handling. Residents were able to enjoy well seasoned, juicy burgers for lunch. The […]
Resident Daisy Brown is working on a clay project during a recent Watermark University class. Daisy attends many of our creative art classes and thoroughly enjoys the new things that she learns. Watermark University is your community learning opportunity just a few steps from your door. There are over 75 classes being offered each semester […]
We recently began writing letters to those in military service as a way to reach out to those who are serving our country. Through Operation Gratitude, an organization that delivers letters to our troops, we’ve learned one of the most cherished items they receive are the personal letters of appreciation. We want all of our […]
One of the highlights of our celebration of Black History Month was the poetry reading featuring Naomi Long Madgett. Mrs. Madgett was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Detroit by Mayor Dennis Archer in 2001. She has authored 10 volumes of poetry, an autobiography and is the editor of two poetry anthologies. We are […]
The ladies of the Red Hats strutted their stuff in the Pre-Mother’s Day Fashion Show. What a lovely bunch of women we have here at The Fountains.