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Artfully Recycled

With 60 displays and 260 onlookers, this year’s Artfully Recycled show was a huge success! Residents had the chance to show off their creative designs, all made from recycled materials- the innovation and attention to detail was impressive! 

Annual 4th of July Celebration

Our Annual 4th of July Celebration at Panorama included multiple musical performances as well as the debut of our new courtyard and pavilion. Residents enjoyed a picnic lunch, ice cream and great company! 

Video: 2022 Panorama Pathways 5k

Nearly 150 residents participated in the Annual 5k on Saturday, June 4th. Residents could choose if they wanted to jog, walk or ride through the Panorama campus. The 5k course began and finished at the Aquatic & Fitness Center with several water stops along the way. Many Panorama pets participated as well! 

Careers in Aging Week – Meet Kari Jo!

Kari Jo Motahari, Registered Nurse, Panorama employee for 5 years.

What is your role at Panorama?

“Ensure the safety of all residents and staff in our facility and provide top quality care to all residents while meeting infection control standards. I’m in charge of orienting all our nursing staff and making sure our educational resources are up to date and available.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“Seeing smiles on the resident’s faces, seeing them eat and be happy. Also, seeing visitors come to spend time with them and seeing the glow on their face, especially around the holidays. I think we’ve had a tough two and a half years without being able to celebrate major milestones and I feel that it’s very important for people’s happiness.”

What attributes should an employee in Senior Living possess?

“Patience is important because residents can be repetitive in a lot of their behaviors and you have to remember that they’re not doing it on purpose, they’re doing it because that’s what they feel. I think you have to be extremely kind to be in health care in general, let alone a retirement community and long-term care facility. Lastly, being empathetic and having compassion for others. You need for it to come natural to you and just know that they deserve the care you want to give them.”


Careers in Aging Week – Meet Janeen!

Janeen Sanchez, Facilities Coordinator, Panorama employee for 8 years.

What is your role at Panorama?

“I get to wear many different hats, primarily to provide project and administrative support for the Facilities Maintenance Department and occasionally for various departments. I oversee the work order desk and Janitorial Department while serving as a super user for our work order system, which assists with training and troubleshooting for users.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“Working with residents and my colleagues; I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve had the opportunity to interact with. It has been amazing working on projects hand-in-hand with residents on a different level. We get so much encouragement and support from them.”

What attributes should an employee in Senior Living possess?

“Creativity and compassion are important because we deal with so many different people and no two situations are the same. It’s crucial to be able to empathize with people who are at different stages of their lives, remaining patient and humble while taking the time to slow down. The support seniors need from us is genuine and positive feedback, independence and respect.”


Careers in Aging Week – Meet Ashley!

Ashley Powell, Lifestyle Enrichment Coordinator, Panorama employee for 2.5 years.

What is your role at Panorama?

“Creating a culture of community and social opportunities to enhance retirement living.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“I think the biggest part is that I get to work in the department that brings joy. Everything we do, whether it’s scheduling a meeting for a small group or a huge campus-wide event, brings joy to the residents and enriches their lives. I get to work so closely with them, in a lot of fun ways!”

What attributes should an employee in Senior Living possess?

“Being compassionate and understanding is important, considering that our daily lifestyles and age group might be different than the community we’re serving. Openness, knowing that we all come from different backgrounds and taking the time to slow down and really listen to the residents. Also, we should be supportive, remembering that our human experience doesn’t solely exist in our employment in the workforce and that life doesn’t end at retirement. There’s so much more to offer and be lived and I think Panorama is a great community where we offer so many diverse activities, events and ongoing ways to live your thriving life.”


Careers in Aging Week – Meet Kelsey!

Kelsey Sheetz, Registered Dietitian, Panorama employee for almost 1 year.

What is your role at Panorama?

“I provide medical nutrition therapy to the residents in the C&R and Assisted Living. This may include assessing the textures of the resident’s food, providing education to residents on maintaining proper health through nutrition, or providing nutritious foods for residents losing weight or at risk of losing weight. I also assist the dietary staff in ensuring they are keeping the residents safe while cooking and serving resident’s food. Menus are also changed periodically throughout the year and I am involved in ensuring these menus are nutritionally balanced, visually appealing, and meet the standards set forth by Panorama.”  

What is your favorite part of your job?

“Being able to see the cooks in the kitchen and knowing we’ve got a lot of really good, long-term staff here at Panorama. Also, seeing the residents enjoy the food and receiving good and positive feedback!”

What attributes should an employee in Senior Living possess?

“Good listening skills are imperative so information can be gathered, realizing that the fun conversations often lead to how residents can be helped from a clinical standpoint. Building relationships through good communication is important so residents can be met where they’re at and we can see them for who they are. Residents have led very full lives and everyone has something to offer or provide you with while you’re helping them.” 


Careers in Aging Week – Meet Kathy!

Kathy Wolf, Grounds Administrator/ Lead Gardener, Panorama employee for 16 years.

What is your role at Panorama?

“I do any ordering of supplies, tools, plants, etc. needed for day to day activities. I assist the Grounds Maintenance Manager with managing work orders, projects and help wherever else she feels it is needed. I also help staff learn more about their job and how to do it properly, including plant ID, pest issues and overall plant health. Basically, I help facilitate organization and communication amongst all of our staff, to help the department run smoothly.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“Working around the residents, especially the ones who really enjoy being outside and gardening. I always have conversations with the ones that are master gardeners because they can always teach me something. Every time I can teach a resident something about what we do, or landscaping in general or plants in general…that makes me happy and enjoy being here even more.”

What attributes should an employee in Senior Living possess?

“Patience and good communication skills are important in order to understand where residents are coming from. Many residents are curious about projects we work on and so being an outgoing person is helpful when talking to them and other staff members. Lastly, good listening skills; I don’t think enough people sit down and really listen. Residents have lived more life than we have and so there’s always something you can take from their stories.”


Green Team Volunteer Event

In 2017, the Green Team informally adopted the Stormwater Ponds and began removing Scotch Broom. After being successful with that, the Broom Busters morphed into being the Berry Blasters.  A much less satisfactory endeavor but a necessary one.  The goal went from eradication to control.  Gary Proctor and Cleve organized the latest work party.

Photo: Staunch group not afraid of getting bloodied.  Left to right:  Roy Treadway, Kit Harma , Steve Lundin, Dick Van Wagenen, Dave Milne, Gary Proctor,  Dave Morris, Cleve Pinnix, Wayne Olsen and John Erickson.

Photos: Cleve Pinnix is not all wet despite claims!  The water was only knee deep when Cleve waded across the narrow channel between the mainland and the island, in what he has dubbed “Lake Vogel”, to attack the last bastion of Scotch Broom.  Wayne, John and Dave helped ferry the plants across.

Celebrity Chef Salmon Dinner!

Celebrity Chef and Panorama Board member, Ralph Munro, came on June 23rd and cooked salmon for our residents! Almost 200 residents placed orders and came to watch Ralph cook. Ralph has been using this famous salmon recipe for years and started at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. Thank you, Ralph, for a fun & delicious meal!