It is often difficult to choose a skilled nursing facility for a loved one. Timing is almost always of the essence and families commonly do not know where to start. Some families need to find a short term placement for their loved one who may need therapy after an injury or surgery while others may […]
Category: Life at The Watermark
While Spring has just barely sprung here at The Watermark at East Hill, residents in The Villa, our exclusive memory care community, have been busy planting herbs. Some of the herbs that residents planted this time around are lavender, basil, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, and chives. Once grown, the herbs will be used by our residents […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 60 different classes with everything from 52 Magic Mondays to Back to Natural Workshops to Classical Musicians with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Eco Jewelry and even Mindfulness Workshop, we are sure you will […]
The Springs, the nursing and rehabilitation center, on the campus of The Watermark at East Hill is thrilled to welcome back Cindy Jones to the role of Clinical Liaison. "We are delighted to have Cindy back on our team because of her professionalism, strong nursing skills, expertise, and professional history with us", said Kelly Mazza, […]
Mrs. Wolcott America 2018, Stacy Perrone-Petta, visited The Watermark at East Hill to talk about Patriots' Day, which has recently been made an official state holiday. Patriots' Day will be taking place in Connecticut on April 16th. Mrs. Perrone-Petta talked to residents about her efforts with state elected officials to designate the day a state holiday, […]
On Thursday, April 26 The Watermark at East Hill will welcome Ed Edelson, former First Selectman of Southbury. He will host a viewing and follow up discussion about the making of the documentary "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No! To the Nazis." The film tells the little known story of how in 1937 Southbury town patriots […]
The Watermark at East Hill takes great pride in delivering an outstanding first impression and we are very proud of our receptionists who often serve as the first point of contact for our residents, families, and visitors. Our reception desk serves as the hub on campus and our receptionists work hard to answer calls, assist […]
The Watermark at East Hill is proud to be the employer of choice for caring professionals who go above and beyond to serve our residents. Each month, one associate receives the distinction of being named the Associate of the Month. Residents and associates look forward to this recognition and take great pride in selecting a […]
A medium that bleeds, moves, separates and runs gives our experienced and budding resident artists at The Watermark at East Hill the opportunity to push their creative boundaries through the use of watercolors. Professional, local artist Ival Stratford Kovner leads our ever- popular, Watermark University Creative Watercolor course, which captures the pure beauty and fluidity of watercolors.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is among the oldest, largest, and most prolific university natural history museums in the world. The Watermark at East Hill was excited to welcome Yale Peabody Museum volunteer, Tom, as he presented an array of artifacts, along with a fascinating multimedia presentation that explored the Peabody's several world-important collections. Perhaps […]
Dating during your golden years may differ greatly from dating in your youth, but that is not necessarily a bad thing! Single seniors often know what they want and have a more mature approach to getting what they need with the toughest part being how to get back out there again. Don't worry, The Watermark […]
Some of our independent living residents at The Watermark at East Hill attended a wine tasting hosted by our Community Life Department where everyone sampled three types of wine and fruit and cheese while enjoying each other's company. It made for such a lovely afternoon before residents went to dinner in one of our dining rooms. Afternoons at […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With over 50 different classes with everything from Antiques Roadshow to As Seen on TV to Gardening with Native Plants to History of UFO's in Connecticut and even Women's History Month: Margaret Sanger, we are sure you will find […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 80 different classes with everything from The Language of Flowers to Technology Troubleshooting to Strength and Motion to Garden of Beats Drumming Class and even Creative Watercolors, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
The Watermark at East Hill is pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Mazza as Executive Director for the continuing care retirement community. Mazza comes to The Watermark with 15 years of experience holding executive-level management positions in the senior living profession. In her new role, Mazza will be responsible for the day-to-day management of […]
Times Square was lit up with an image of Lisa Ford being awarded as NCCDP 2017 CNA of the Year! Congratulations Lisa!!
Lisa Ford, Nursing Assistant from The Watermark at East Hill, has been awarded the 2017 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year by The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Lisa, a lead Naya in the Memory Care neighborhood, earned nominations from many of her colleagues and families of residents she cares for. An […]
Resident Leah Linton, 91, says we cannot forget what happened to 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. She is the last generation of witnesses and lost her father in Auschwitz as well as many other relatives. A video of Leah was published on RepublicanAmerican on July, 11th, 2017. To view that video, please click here.
Samantha Nook, Director of Sales at The Watermark at East Hill, was a guest author last month for Southbury Patch. She shared many very important tips and tricks to make moving less stressful. To view the original article posted on June 20th, 2017, please click here. Each year, nearly 35 million U.S. residents pack up […]
Resident Lila Howard was honored at a banquet on May 20th after receiving a "60 over 60" award sponsored by Duncaster. Mrs. Howard was nominated for the award by Regional Dining Services Director, Jim Bain. Mrs. Howard has led an inspiring life. She was the first female director of Flightways flight school on Long Island and […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 100 different classes with everything from Zumba to Salt Water Fishing to Pet Care and You to Gardening for Produce and even Cake Decorating 101, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]
Members of the Book Club at The Watermark at East Hill recently made book marks to help them keep their place as they read the newest selection. There is nothing worse than losing your place when you are reading a really good book!
Resident Ginny Middleton took time out of her busy life at The Watermark at East Hill to share with her friends about the time she spent in Cuba. Her slide show was fascinating and the group was filled with questions.
Ashurst Irish Dancers delighted residents at The Watermark at East Hill during a recent performance at the community. The dancers got everyone in the mood to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 60 different classes with everything from Color Me Calm to Seated Aerobics to The Art of Food to Tea Explorer and even Armchair Travel, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]
In honor of Valentine's Day, Residents and Associates at The Watermark at East Hill were invited to take part in a Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony. The ceremony was officiated by Connie Haworth, Executive Director. Couples walked down the aisle, each bride with a beautiful bouquet. After the vows, each couple cut their own wedding cake and […]
Tribury Rotary chose The Watermark at East Hill as the location for this month's "Random Act of Kindness." Each month, the group chooses a different recipient. On Valentine's Day, President Andrew Chapin and President-Elect Connie Haworth passed out chocolate roses to residents of The Springs and Independent Living. In January, Tribury Rotary presented a check […]
Pet lovers rejoice. The Watermark at East Hills is an extraordinary community where people – and their pets – thrive. Pets and people both deserve comfortable surroundings where they can count on delicious meals, plenty of play time and fun people to hang out with day and night. To learn more about our pet friendly […]
Residents in The Inn had a wonderful time making Valentine's crafts over the weekend. Looks like things might have been a little wild over there when door wreaths end up as hats, but that's the kind of whacky fun we have here at The Watermark!
Resident Audrey Namowitz might be called "Miss January 2017." Her artwork is the first one featured in the 2017 annual Watermark Expressions calendar. Namowitz was thrilled with the news that she had won, although this is not the first time her work has been featured in a Watermark calendar. News of the feature was also […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]
Springs' resident H.A. stated "Everyone has been so warm and kind to me here, even from the moment I walked in I felt very comfortable here. Thank you to all of you." The Springs at The Watermark at East Hill provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.
Springs' resident S.M. left us a note recently. She said, "I've been here twice and it gets better every time. They do not disappoint." The Springs at The Watermark at East Hill provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.
Recent Springs' resident E.R. stated, "I want to compliment the care I received. I appreciate it." The Springs at The Watermark at East Hill provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.
Residents from The Watermark at East Hill enjoyed visiting the Festival of Trees in Danbury. This is the 14th year for the event, which benefits Ann's Place, providing services for those who have cancer and their loved ones. You can learn more about the Festival of Trees and Ann's Place here.
"Watermark is to be commended as you have an extremely well-run facility. You have warm, friendly, and efficient staff from the top to the bottom. [My husband] has been served with kindness and professionalism and we just wanted you to know we are most grateful and impressed." -ESM
The Tribury Rotary Club welcomed Southbury Fire Marhal Barry Rickert as our esteemed guest this week. Rickert spoke about fire safety and the inspection process for commercial buildings. Tribury Rotary meets at The Watermark at East Hill every Thursday. The next meeting is Thursday, November 17th at 4:30pm
Watermark Retirement Communities was featured in McKnight's Senior Living on November 11th, 2016 for a program where residents can share their life lessons with others. This article focused specifically on wisdom shared by veterans who reside in the 39 communities across the United States. McKnight's Senior Living is a national publication focused on the senior housing industry. […]
We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]
Executive Director Connie Haworth has been named President-Elect for the Tribury Rotary. Haworth will serve as President of the club in 2017-2018. Rotary International is an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill […]
Independent Living resident Ruth Littman celebrated her 105th birthday today in style. Mrs. Littman was joined by 75 members of her family. Her handsome grandsons helped her blow out the candles as we all sang "Happy Birthday." Mrs. Littman honored her guests by going table-to-table and telling stories about everyone in attendance!
The Watermark at East Hill was recently featured in the latest issue of Foodservice East. Based out of Massachusetts, this publication caters to food service businesses and professionals in the Northeast. This was a wonderful opportunity to show the many ways The Watermark is an active, engaging and fun place to live! Please click here to […]
Residents at The Watermark at East Hill enjoyed meeting with Rabbi Polokoff and discussing the Sukkot Festival. Residents and staff worked together to assemble a Sukkoh for the community observance.
Jeff is one of our main staff in the Gallery Café. This year, he accepted the challenge to become a Watermark University instructor. Jeff is quite a guitar player and he took on teaching Acoustic Guitar 101 to residents. You can see the delightful expressions on their faces as a testament to both Jeff's talent as a […]
The September theme dinner was our annual Clam Bake and residents raved about the food and fun! Join us on October 19th for Octoberfest!
Dear David, I requested your name and contact information from Connie the director so that you could hear straight from the daughter of a resident who recently passed. After much research 8 years ago, I made the decision, with my parents, that they would relocate to the Watermark at East Hill to be closer to […]
My name is Beverly Zarin and because I fell and broke my ankle, I spent 3 months in the Springs, the nursing unit at Watermark at East Hill. I have to tell about the excellent care I had. First, I must commend Diane, the Director of the Springs, for providing compassion and a spacious room […]
The weather is getting cooler and it is a great time to celebrate with fall crafts. Anna DiFiore, our Business Office Manager, led a Watermark University class on crafting with buttons. Residents were delighted with their results!
East Hill has been invaded by lots of heavy machinery the last couple of weeks. As part of our big fall renovation plans, our entire parking lot is being replaced. Come see our beautiful new look! The project should be completed around October 17th!
Residents enjoyed learning more about mixing cocktails in Mixology Class with Amanda!
At its weekly meeting, held at The Watermark at East Hill, the Tribury Rotary welcomed students from the "Interact" Club of Pomperaug High School. Interact is the high school chapter of Rotary. Students made a presentation about service projects they completed in the last year and upcoming plans for new service projects.
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 70 different classes with everything from Wii Bowling to Spanish 101 to Mixology: Flavor Infusions to Drumming: "Garden of Beats" and even Candle Making, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]
Residents enjoyed a visit from staff of the Audubon Society on August 16th. The subject was the beautiful butterflies of the Bent River.
Connie Haworth, Executive Director of The Watermark at East Hill and President-Elect of Tribury Rotary, delivered over 40 donated books to the Middlebury, Woodbury, and Southbury libraries today. This is a long-standing tradition with the Tribury Rotary. The libraries submit a list of books they would like donated. Each time a guest speaker attends Tribury Rotary, a book […]
On July 20th, 2016, the Voices wrote a wonderful article about our Food Service Director Jim Bain, the recipient of the Illuminating Excellence Award in the Continuum of Care category from Premier Food Services. To read the article, please click here. Mr. Bain has been with The Watermark for 24 years and has taken on many community […]
This week, the Litchfield Times wrote a wonderful article about all our associates who received awards at our Thrive Awards Banquet. You can read the article here. Just another reason to brag on how proud we are of the associates who serve our residents every day!
The Watermark at East Hill is pleased to announce that more than three dozen of its employees in Southbury were recently recognized for their outstanding work through the retirement community’s annual “Thrive Awards.” The awards are given to associates from Watermark’s 38 communities nationwide who exemplify the company’s vision of creating extraordinary communities where residents […]
The Watermark at East Hill is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Tribury Rotary Club to host its weekly meetings. Meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 4:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12:15pm. Interested individuals are always welcome and reservations are encouraged by calling 1-203-490-4763. […]
Dining Services Director Jim Bain was honored in Washington, DC last week. He is the winner of the 2015 Illuminating Excellence Award from Premier Foods. Jim was selected as the winner for the CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) division. The award is presented to the Premier Food and Nutrition Operator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the food […]
June rolled around to the 1970s as our theme for the month. Disco was the rage and dancing was the favorite activity. Residents spent the evening listening to relaxing music from a live band and enjoying a 70's-style dinner. Even the servers got into the groove!
Again this year, residents in The Villa and The Inn have planted a vegetable garden. Later this summer, residents and staff will enjoy the fruit of their labor, including yellow squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It was a beautiful day for gardening and residents will continue to water and care for the plants until harvest! Our waist-high planter […]
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. The team from The Watermark at East Hill will be walking around the campus […]
Residents and associates dressed in their groovy garb to celebrate the 1960s. Décor, appetizers, cocktails and entrees all reflected the most popular choices of the 1960s. Residents were treated to a management team musical performance, led by Community Life Director Christine Daniel, as well as a performance by resident Joan Sprung. The night ended with some crazy dance […]
Carol Wallace, author of "To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery," which inspired the show "Downton Abbey," was the guest speaker for the 24th annual Book & Author Luncheon. The luncheon benefits the East Hill Library Fund. Irin Caron, author of "Notorious RBD: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg," will […]
Residents of the The Inn, Villa and Springs enjoyed a special celebration of the 1950's. Costumes, music, dancing, and a special meal were featured to the delight all who attended!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 100 different classes with everything from Serenity Gardening to Line Dancing to Wine Tasting to iPad & iPhone Workshop and even Sushi Making, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]
Residents enjoyed a visit from Cambodian Dancers on Sunday, March 20th. Residents described the dancers at "breathtaking" and "beautiful." Just another wonderful day here at The Watermark at East Hill!
Gordon Williams mesmerized residents with his presentation on currier & Ives: The American Dream. From 1835 to 1907, Currier & Ive's lithographs were created from oil paintings or drawings and were sketched, printed and hand colored. Williams' lecture focused on "Romance of America."
Resident Norm Laird, a member of the Watermark University faculty, recently shared his expertise in curling with his fellow residents. Curling originated in the 1600s in Scotland. The sport joined the Olympic Games in 1998.
Each month we are celebrating a different decade and March was a 1940's celebration. With a theme of "The War is Over," residents were greeted with their separation papers as they entered. Rosie the Riveter was a popular costume among the ladies. Staff wore "army" uniforms and served residents a delicious choice of 1940's favorites including Shrimp […]
Nothing like a spontaneous visit from Socrates to brighten up our day here at East Hill! Socrates is a Newfoundland whose size could be intimidating. However, he's a real softie at heart!
East Hill is celebrating a different decade each month. In February, we celebrated the 1930s. Lots of great things happened in the 1930s, but one of the biggest was great movies. Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers, and Edward G. Robinson were big names, just to state a few. The Wizard of Oz, Walt Disney's Snow White and Gone with […]
To Connie Haworth & David Freshwater, We have been East Hill residents for almost 13 years and have felt very fortunate to be here. We have always felt very well cared for by a wonderful, devoted staff. Weather problems, special occasions, holidays have always shown extensive creative planning. We have been delighted over and over again! Last […]
Connie, I had a truly great Valentine party. All staff members who helped make it should be complimented. Jim Bain and Theresa made it stellar. The party was a real complement to The Watermark at East Hill. I want everyone to know why I love The Watermark at East Hill! T.K. (Resident)
Last week's pub-style trivia proved how competitive our residents really are! Everyone walked out a winner however, because a good time was had by all!
No one knew what to expect when the Watermark University Catalog listed the "Cumbia Spirit Dance Class," but they found out quickly that Carlos Osorio is a lot of fun! Carlos trained in Latin dance moves and residents easily picked up the style and joined in!
As the sun is coming up this morning, residents are sitting in their living rooms, drinking coffee, and enjoying the first glimpse of the morning snow flakes falling gently from the sky. They don't have to worry about how much snow will fall because our snow removal crew is already hard at work, clearing sidewalks and […]
Congratulations to the Culinary Team at The Watermark at East Hill. The team took First Place in Most Creative at the Soup and Sandwich Challenge last evening. The event was a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Fund and featured culinary teams from all the major retirement communities in the surrounding area! It was no surprise to […]
The American Senior Housing Association recently produced a video entitled, "Where You Live Matters." The video focuses on what many senior housing professionals have known for years: the sooner you move to an independent living community, the better your life will be. I know you don't want to leave your home. No one does. But, what is it costing […]
Dear Christine and Jim, I know I am expressing the feelings of many, many residents of The Watermark, when I say thank you for taking the time to create all the things that were needed to be done and the number of other members of Watermark's working crews that were needed, to provide the nicest event you all […]
At East Hill, we don't care what the weather is like outside because we have everything we need right inside our community! Residents from The Villa took a trip to our indoor salt water pool today without a care in the world about the dreary winter weather!
In 2016, East Hill is celebrating the decades with a monthly themed dinner. January was the 1920's and our themed dinner was a huge success! From 1920's music to 1920's candy, the night was exciting and fun-filled!
What could be better than drinking wine and painting? For those who are little shy about their artistic talents, the wine loosens up the spirits and lets the creativity flow! Each resident created their own unique masterpiece to keep or to share.
This is the view every morning from our community! If you aren't here, you are missing it!
The theme was "The Great Gatsby" and what a New Year's Eve it was at East Hill! Residents in Independent Living, Assisted Living and The Springs all enjoyed dressing up and dancing the night away. A champagne toast topped off the evening!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 70 different classes with everything from Aqua Therapy in our indoor pool to Life Journaling to Flower Arranging to Chair Yoga and even Drum Circle, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]
The Connecticut Assisted Living Association recently held its annual award ceremony. Five communities in the state received Best Practice Awards. The Watermark at East Hill received an award for Resident Services. The award was made for an outstanding outing provided by the community when residents were taken on an overnight camping trip at a Boy Scout camp. The Boy […]
The Main Dining Room was filled to the brim on Wednesday, December 16th, as residents from The Springs and The Inn gathered with their families to celebrate the holidays. An enormous spread of holiday favorites was served to guests. Live holiday music entertained everyone. Associates enjoyed spending a little extra time with residents as they […]
Residents of the Villa and their families enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season on Sunday, December 13th. Attendees dined on a selection of appetizers provided by our talented chefs while listening to live music. There was even a little dancing going on to the old favorite Christmas tunes!
We’re thrilled to introduce our 15th edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. Also, for the first time, we’re pleased to have published an online gallery featuring all the artwork. We’re delighted we […]
Residents and associates joined in this week to put up holiday trees around the community. Everyone knows that putting up a tree is a lot of work and putting up several trees takes a whole group of people! A good time was had by all and the trees look beautiful!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Hanukkah.
Executive Director Connie Haworth recently joined the Tribury Rotary Club. Haworth was previously a member of the Alexandria Rotary Club in Alexandria, VA. "I am thrilled to be part of Rotary. Their commitment to serving the community is perfectly aligned with my personal values and the values of Watermark Retirement Communities," Haworth said. Voices Newspaper […]
The Audubon Society at Bent of the River in Southbury, CT has brought a new and exciting program to The Inn and The Villa at The Watermark at East Hill. Ken Elkins, Education Program Manager, approached East Hill about implementing the program in the garden area outside of both buildings. The program includes bird-friendly plants […]
The Watermark at East Hill spent a fun afternoon on Halloween opening its doors to the community for safe trick-or-treating. Children from all over town, as well as associates' children and residents' grandchildren, were treated to games and prizes, as well as the best candy selection in town. When the trick-or-treating died off, that didn't […]
The entries have been submitted and the residents will vote today on which department has the best pumpkin! East Hill associates were even more creative this year. Entries included a whale, a hamburger, a snail, the "Last Call Café," and Thrive. The winning department will receive a pizza party (and bragging rights for a year) to honor […]
Residents at The Watermark at East Hill recently built a sukkah to celebrate Sukkot, or the Feast of Booths. Members of B'nai Israel in Southbury helped with decorating the sukkah. Sukkot commemorates the 40-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering the desert, living in temporary housing. The sukkot is traditionally decorated inside with hanging […]
Residents have been polishing their skills for months and their hard work paid off on Sunday when their talents were showcased in a Drumming Circle Concert. Joining the Drumming Circle was a step out of their comfort zone for many residents, but you can tell by the smiles on their faces that it didn't take long […]