Sam Arnett has lived through five major wars and 18 presidents. He was around when the first Indy 500 race took off, and Chevrolet took on Ford. Now, he’s seen 103 years of life.
Family and friends joined up with a new family of friends and well-wishers at Wellbrooke of Westfield to celebrate Arnett’s birthday recently. Arnett’s daughter, Anne Ripley and Jessica Strausbaugh, Activity Director at Wellbrooke, the new Center for Health and Wellness located in Grand Park where Arnett resides, planned the surprise event.
Born in 1911, Arnett earned two college degrees – one in business from Butler University and the second in pharmacy from Purdue – and worked for 34 years at Eli Lilly and Company as a pharmaceutical chemist. His love of baseball led to the start of little league on the east side of Indianapolis, according to his daughter. “He started the whole little league there when there was no field,” said Ripley. “Because of him, hundreds of kids were able to play.”
Stories of pride were easily shared by Ripley, who along with her brother, David, brings five granddaughters and 16 great-grandchildren to the Arnett clan. While enjoying birthday cake and reminiscing with baby photos, Wellbrooke staff expressed their admiration for the guest of honor, too. Kristen Weber, Director of Health and Wellness, bragged about Arnett’s sense of humor and intelligence, and wasn’t surprised to see him open several gifts of candy and sweets, his special favorites. “It’s not unusual to find him in the morning with chocolate,” she said.
Sounds like the sweet life indeed at Wellbrooke of Westfield, an innovative approach to the design and delivery of health care services for a new generation. The brand new Center offers 70 private and companion suites for physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation and long-term care, as well as 30 private apartments for service-rich assisted living. The handsomely appointed design and resort-like environment of Wellbrooke was created to be comfortable and engaging with concierge-style services and amenities such as four different dining venues, a movie theater, fitness center and more. Wellbrooke of Westfield accepts Medicare and private insurance, along with private pay, and welcomes admissions seven days a week.
The Center is a joint venture of LCS and Mainstreet who have engaged Life Care Services to provide management. Life Care Services has more than 40 years of experience in senior living service and care delivery.
To learn more about Wellbrooke of Westfield, visit the Center at 937 E. 186th Street in Westfield. From SR32/West Main Street, turn onto Wheeler Road traveling north, then take a left on 186th Street. Wellbrooke of Westfield will be on the left. Or, call (317) 804-8044 or visit www.WellbrookeOfWestfield.com.
About LCS® and Life Care Services™
Based in Des Moines, Iowa, LCS is a leading provider of high-quality senior lifestyle products and services. The companies of LCS focus on strategic planning, development, operations management and marketing and sales management for 118 senior living communities, home health care and companion services, senior living community ownership, insurance, and national purchasing consulting. Established in 1971, Life Care Services is the nations’ leading manager of senior living communities and currently provides operations and marketing and sales management services for over 28,000 residents in 27 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit lcsnet.com and lifecareserviceslcs.com.
Indiana-based Mainstreet Property Group is the nation’s largest skilled nursing developer, known for acquiring and developing desirable, concierge-based health care properties with a hotel-like atmosphere for a variety of short-term and long-term needs. The company’s innovative and industry-leading Next Generationä design meets the demands of the Baby Boomer, including communities with multiple social destinations, restaurant-style dining, spacious private rooms and baths, and therapy/wellness. Mainstreet was name to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies in 2010, 2011 and 2012. For additional information, visit www.mainstreetcap.net.