Waltonwood Lake Boone, a premier senior living community, is pleased to announce the hiring of four new members of its assisted living and memory care team. The team will play a strategic role in their assisted living and memory care neighborhoods at Waltonwood Lake Boone, which opened this summer. The community’s executive director, Allison O’Shea, is proud to announce Samantha Toms, memory care life enrichment manager; Takisha Craven, memory care wellness coordinator; Laura Gremore, assisted living life enrichment manager; and Sharon Staten, assisted living wellness coordinator. The 400,000-square-foot, $60 million community features 121 independent living apartments, 39 assisted living apartments and 23 memory care apartments and can serve more than 200 residents.
“The team brings years of experience and shares a deep passion for giving seniors a greater quality of life, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for in our assisted living and memory care neighborhoods at Lake Boone,” said O’Shea. “They are dedicated to serving seniors, and I know they will complement our independent living team. At Waltonwood Lake Boone, we pride ourselves in redefining senior living, and I believe Samantha, Takisha, Laura and Sharon will help take our community to the next level. I have seen firsthand how they interact with each resident and treat them like family. We are excited to have them on our team and look forward to seeing what they are able to accomplish now that our neighborhoods are open.”
In the memory care neighborhood, Samantha Toms joins the team as its life enrichment manager. A graduate of East Carolina University with a Master of Science in Recreational Therapy Administration, she previously served as a recreational therapist. In her new role, Toms will create programs, ensure residents are engaging in vibrant and meaningful activities, oversee all events, schedule outside performers and supervise the life enrichment team. She wanted to pursue a career in senior living to provide therapeutic programs to better the lives of seniors with cognitive and physical abilities.
Takisha Craven takes on the role as memory care wellness coordinator. She is a seasoned health care professional with ten years of experience working with seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. At Waltonwood Lake Boone, she is responsible for the day-to-day health care operations of the memory care neighborhood to ensure resident's health care needs are met. She has a passion for working with seniors and is thrilled to join the Lake Boone team. Craven is a graduate of Miller Motte College and is a certified nursing assistant.
In the assisted living neighborhood, Laura Gremore is the new life enrichment manager. Similar to Toms, Gremore develops and facilitates personalized and purposeful programming for residents based upon hobbies, interests, occupation and life events. A graduate of East Carolina University, she has a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy and a Master of Science in Recreational Therapy Administration. She worked with seniors during her time at the Raleigh Parks and Recreation and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with seniors full-time.
Rounding out the assisted living team is Sharon Staten. The licensed practical nurse (LPN) serves as the wellness coordinator at Waltonwood Lake Boone. She has worked as a nurse for more than 15 years. Staten will ensure all resident's health care needs are met. She is excited to expand her knowledge of the senior living industry and enhance her current skills as an LPN in her new role at Waltonwood Lake Boone.
The senior living community is in a prime location inside the beltline of Raleigh near doctors, restaurants and shopping, and offers private studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. Residents have an array of amenities to enjoy, including restaurant-style dining with three nutritious meals a day, a wellness and fitness center, craft room, beauty salon, library and more.