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The Barrington of Carmel Names Maryellen Keen Lifestyles Director
“We are happy to have Maryellen here at The Barrington with us,” said Cannaday. “She has such enthusiasm when it comes to developing activities and ideas for the residents, and her skills in social and recreational programming make her a great asset to the team.”
Keen joined the team in Carmel from Bloomington, and she brings more than 12 years of experience in the senior living industry. Her previous work at other retirement communities in Bloomington as the activities coordinator and director of resident services has prepared her for the position of lifestyles director at The Barrington of Carmel. Previously, she developed and directed academic and social programming for retired professional seniors. She also planned and organized group outings for the residents and coordinated and trained volunteers. Now she is anxious to do the same for the vibrant community of The Barrington.
Keen works to identify the needs of residents and provides outstanding service to accommodate them accordingly. She organizes various activities for those living at The Barrington including Laughter Yoga, guest speakers’ series and group trips to local events and performances. Keen loves to see the residents getting more involved and developing friendships through such experiences. They also have formed a group, “Knitting for a Cause,” in which residents make and donate knitted items to the local St. Vincent Carmel Hospital for premature babies. Another increasingly popular group is the Readers Theater program led by residents who participate and write their own plays to perform for fun for each other.
“My passion first and foremost is activity-planning for the senior population,” said Keen. “I am looking forward to the great programs and events in the works for the residents here at The Barrington.”
About The Barrington of Carmel
Situated on a 19-acre campus on Guilford Road off 116th Street, The Barrington began its phased opening in November 2013. Upon completion, it will feature 134 maintenance-free, independent living apartment homes and embraces the wellness-minded attitude of today’s older adults. The community will provide a variety of services and amenities, including fine dining, a bistro, fitness and wellness centers, creative arts studio, salon and spa, library, housekeeping, scheduled transportation and more.
In addition to the resort-style independent living residences, The Plaza at The Barrington will provide a full range of health care services for an onsite continuum of care. Care levels will include assisted living, memory support and private skilled nursing. The phased opening for The Plaza began in February.
The Barrington of Carmel is sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation. Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors and operates the life care communities of Edgemere (Dallas), Querencia at Barton Creek (Austin), The Buckingham (Houston), Mirador (Corpus Christi), and The Stayton at Museum Way (Fort Worth).
For more information about The Barrington of Carmel, visit www.TheBarringtonofCarmel.com or call the Information Center at (317) 706-6760.
For more information about SQLC, visit www.SQLC.org.