Residents and staff of The Legacy Willow Bend and The Legacy Preston Hollow recently took time to celebrate the joyous holiday of Sukkot and give thanks for the fall harvest. Both communities constructed their own Sukkah, which is a temporary dwelling built to symbolize the shelters where the children of Israel lived for 40 years in the desert. Residents and families at both communities participated in a special service. Cantor Don Croll, Emeritus from Temple Shalom, led the service at The Legacy Willow Bend, and Bruce Feldman led a service at The Legacy Preston Hollow. The Sukkot holiday, also called Z’man Simchateinu (Season of Our Rejoicing), is a time of celebration that brings families together to express joy for the blessings they have been provided.
“This is a meaningful time to admire and give thanks for the beauty and nature surrounding us, as we celebrate this fall harvest holiday,” said Marilyn Israel, executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend. “The Sukkah erected with the foliage and flowers are beautiful reminders to appreciate the bounty of the earth. The residents and their families truly enjoy spending time together in the Sukkah.”
Both communities had traditional Sukkot symbols on hand to use during services. The lulav (palm branches, leafy boughs and willow collectively bound together) and the etrog (citrus fruit) were waved in six directions to show that G-d is everywhere. In addition, the seniors recited prayers and sang songs together.
“Sukkot is a favorite holiday for many people, and it brings back fond memories of celebrating with family in the Sukkah over the years,” said Andrea Statman, Development Director for The Legacy Senior Communities. “It is important for us to continue the tradition and build Sukkahs at both of our communities for the residents to enjoy. Many will gather outside for services, and at different times throughout the week, inside of the Sukkahs to admire their beauty and reflect on the holiday.”
ABOUT THE LEGACY SENIOR COMMUNITIES
The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. is the parent company of The Legacy Willow Bend, The Legacy Preston Hollow and The Legacy at Home.
The Legacy Preston Hollow, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, faith-based senior living residence that offers a continuum of care allowing residents to stay in place with assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long term care. Built in 2001, the community features 41 assisted living apartments, 113 skilled nursing beds and a state-of-the-art Medicare unit. The Legacy Preston Hollow is the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged and a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. The community is family service-oriented and open to people of all faiths. For questions regarding admissions, please call (214) 363-5100 or visit www.thelegacyPH.org.
The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, is situated on a 28-acre site at Spring Creek Parkway between Preston Road and Ohio Drive. The Legacy Willow Bend offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site. The community features 103 independent living apartment homes, 12 custom independent living villas, 40 assisted living apartment homes, 18 memory support suites, and 60 private skilled healthcare suites.
The Legacy Willow Bend is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit retirement community owned by parent company, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. The Legacy Willow Bend, the only Jewish-sponsored life care retirement community in Texas, is open to people of all faiths. For information, call (972) 468-6208, or visit www.thelegacyWB.org.
The Legacy at Home is a home health care option for seniors in the Greater Dallas area that brings an experienced team of professionals to the home to continue recovery from an illness, injury or surgery. The skilled team of nurses, therapists, dieticians, and medical social workers offers coordinated services to ensure each person’s transition is seamless.
The Medicare certified, Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) accredited, comprehensive home health agency that began serving families in July of 2011, recently received accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH) as the only Jewish-sponsored home health care agency in the United States.
The Legacy at Home provides Private Duty Services and Personal Care Services. The Private Duty Services include private duty nurses who provide wound care, medication management, and diabetic care IV therapy. Physical, occupational, speech therapy and respiratory therapy is also available. The Personal Care Services offer certified nurses’ aides and personal assistants for assistance with activities of daily living, respite care, and companion services.