Chattanooga, TN-October 30, 2014 -Morning Pointe Assisted Living Forms New Parntership with Grace Baptist Academy-A new location and now a new partnership, Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford is about to open its doors, right next door to Grace Baptist Academy. Already the two groups of students and seniors have created intergenerational programming at its best. “I am always trying to think of new ways to make us unique,” shared Marcia Bettis, Grace Baptist Academy Children’s Center Director. “To see the residents get warm hugs from the little ones. I can see on their faces the difference from when they walked into our building to when they leave. They giggle with each other, laughing, it adds to their day. It really is a joint interaction between the two groups that benefits both of us.”
Even before the official move to the new assisted living community, the residents of Morning Pointe of Chattanooga have already started their regular visits with the students of Grace Baptist. One afternoon the seniors read books and entertained the children. Then the students took them on a field trip to their one-of-a-kind butterfly garden where they enjoyed more stories. “We love being so close to Grace Baptist Academy, it’s a perfect fit,” said Holly Metcalf, executive director of Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford. “Partnering with them and having our assisted living residents regularly around students of all ages does so much for our seniors.”
The residents were a real hit in the four-year-old class. The young students said they were like grandma and grandpa.“If you could hear them, it was more than reading a book,” smiled Bettis. “They were sharing stories. It’s about relatability for the kids to identify with what the seniors did in the past was just wonderful.”
The Morning Pointe residents also made new friendships with the high schoolers at Grace Baptist Academy. The students invited the seniors to visit for each themed day during Homecoming Week to judge their costumes and school spirit. And more activities are already scheduled as Morning Pointe of Chattanooga and Grace Baptist Academy start connecting every other month. The two groups will create special Christmas crafts together and likely perform holiday songs along with other seasonal activities. Regardless of what they decide to do, Metcalf knows the residents will love every minute of it. “This partnership and intergenerational programming is really one of the keys to our Meaningful Day programming,” explained Metcalf. “We provide much more than assisted living at Morning Pointe, we provide a better way to age, a place where seniors truly matter.”
Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, TN-based senior healthcare services company, is the developer, owner and manager of 26 Morning Pointe® Assisted Living and The Lantern Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.