The way the Marjorie P. Lee community speaks about Michelle LaPresto, Community Relations Manager at MPL, you would never guess that she hasn’t worked in the eldercare field her whole live. With her sharp sense of humor and easy laugh, she plays such a large role in making senior life at Marjorie P. Lee feel like home.
And that feeling is what drew her to our community in the first place.
She had heard, through family, about how a family spirit had grown within the walls of the Marjorie P. Lee community, and she wanted to be a part of something like that. She takes very seriously the proposition that it is the job of individuals in the senior living field to serve the people who live in their communities. It is their home, so everything should revolve around them.
Now that she’s been in her position for almost three years, Michelle likes the fact that the staff is still focused on the people. Having previously worked in the financial field, it was a welcome change for her.
Diversity and teamwork are the keywords here at Marjorie P. Lee.
What is it like to work at Marjorie P. Lee, you ask? Michelle says that it’s a great organization to work for—“a cooperative environment that is good to both the staff and the residents. A strong team plays a large part in that. The diversity that we have brings so much to the table.”
It is the ability of the staff here at MPL to work as a team (with each other and with residents) and respect both residents and other staff alike that has allowed us to achieve the common goal of making the residents happy.
That diversity extends to our residents as well.
Michelle knows that residents of Marjorie P. Lee have had such a vast range of life experience. One of her favorite parts of the day is when she gets the opportunity to sit down with residents to hear about the lives they have lived— so many have been pioneers within their careers and have inspiring stories to share and many lessons to teach.
“They’re impressive stories,” says Michelle, “and so important in helping us get to know our residents and understand what they need in their community.”
Is Marjorie P. Lee right for you?
Michelle says that, “This is a special community in a well-established neighborhood. Right by Hyde Park Square, the residents can walk to Greaters, go shopping or just go for a walk. The neighborhood is similar to the ones that most of the residents have lived in previously, so it helps them to feel right at home transitioning to our community.” It is important to Michelle that the residents understand that they are well taken care of and safe in their senior living environment.
Though there is no hard and fast guide to retirement living, says Michelle, she always advises potential residents to know what they want to get out of this part of their life, so they can find a community that best fits their personality.
Marjorie P. Lee always has a long list of social events and activities that residents can opt to participate in—we have concert series, guest speakers, picnics, fitness programs, resident committees, and so much more.
“There are so many life enriching activities and opportunities here at Marjorie P. Lee—both inside and outside the community,” says Michelle. “Test the waters... Come for a staycation!”
Visit the community and get involved in some of the activities, or schedule a time to stop by for a meal so you can get to know what the people who already live here think about what senior life is like at MPL—or any other set of senior living apartments you may be considering.
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