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Birches senior create a new take on ice cream socials.

Jacqueline M. Sander

Jacqueline M. Sander

Jacqueline Sander is the Executive Director & Partner of The Birches Assisted Living. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Administration from NIU, which helped her skillfully guide The Birches community through the extreme times of the pandemic. Jacqueline is passionate about keeping up with various industry trends, advocating for and applying best practices in senior living as an active LeadingAge Assisted Living Cabinet member. She values providing an atmosphere of growth and opportunity for all individuals regardless of age or ability, being a preferred provider of quality care, and putting The Birches at the forefront of industry trends. She is proud of helping The Birches become the first certified Montessori Inspired Lifestyle community in Illinois and being an active Chamber Board Member to support small businesses and help them thrive.

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A new take on ice cream socials.

“We scoop. You Sprinkle”

One of our resident came up with this idea. Instead of having the same ice cream social with the same flavors, we decided to get flavors that are rarely served in the dining room, like raspberry chocolate and Moosetracks, and buy fun toppings.

The residents help pick new flavors each month. The Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care staff help scoop the ice cream into a cone or cup, and residents choose and add their toppings: Strawberries, bananas, nuts, whip cream, cherries, sprinkles, M&Ms, granola, etc., at a different table.

Sometimes we include trivia or music or reminisce about times we all ate ice cream… whatever the topic, we have smiles, laughs, and happy tastebuds!

To learn more about the Birches Assisted Living and memory Care call us at 630-789-1135.