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Mirador Resident Reflects On Professional Ballet Career in Response to Nutcracker Performance

December 13, 2017

The holiday season is one filled with wonder, from the flickering of lights on a tree to the smell of seasonal treats filling the room, miracles and joy fill the air as families and friends gather. The enchantment of the season is captured yearly in The Nutcracker ballet, a tale filled with magic, hope and love in a land of fairies. The Nutcracker is a story which has captivated audiences for generations and inspires children around the world to become ballerinas. For Mirador resident Luwanna Isenogle, that dream was one that came true, and during the holiday season she often reflects on her career as a professional dance teacher and a dancer in the Chicago Opera Ballet.

At the age of eight, Isenogle began performing classical ballet under the tutelage of Martha Miller, spending her weekends in Chicago at the Ruth Page Studio strengthening her body to achieve the fluidity and grace required to perform on stage. She even remembers her first Nutcracker performance fondly, as she took to the stage as a deer when she was a little girl. Later, she would go on to spend three seasons performing with the Chicago Opera Ballet, exposing her to the knowledge and understanding she would need to follow her passion to teach and inspire future generations of dancers. After hanging up her own pointe shoes Isenogle opened her own studio, Ballet Arts of Auburn, where she taught classical ballet to over 200 students, including her own daughter.

“There wasn’t a role in the entirety of my career that I enjoyed more than that of teacher,” said Isenogle. “Having danced professionally and spent time in a company, I know firsthand what it takes to make it as a professional dancer and wanted nothing more than to share that knowledge. As a teacher, I witnessed many of my students go on to do remarkable things with their own careers, including two who went on to perform for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. It’s incredibly rewarding to look back and see how I was able to help my students hone their talents and enjoy amazing careers in the process, and as a teacher there’s not much more to ask for.”

It’s safe to say that ballet wasn’t just a career choice for Isenogle, but a deep passion which brought joy to her life. Today, she reflects on those memories with a smile, showing pictures from her performances and even displaying a pair of carefully preserved pointe shoes. It’s this love for dance that Mirador recently experienced along with Isenogle when the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet stopped by to perform The Nutcracker for residents.

“Anytime I’m able to watch a dancer to perform, I can feel the movements in my bones, reminding me of my own performances,” said Isenogle. “So many people don’t understand the work and strength it takes to dance, especially classical ballet, and when you see a dancer perform you realize how solid one must be for it to look so effortless. It was delightful to be able to see the young performers and see how proud they were of the production, and I’m honored to have been able to see it for myself.”

Mirador to Host Inaugural Festival of Wreaths Benefitting The Ronald McDonald House of Corpus Christi

November 29, 2017

With the holiday season in full swing, Mirador will soon host the senior living community’s inaugural Festival of Wreaths. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 6 at the community (5857 Timbergate Drive) and will feature 24 one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths designed by local businesses and members of the local Corpus Christi community.  During the holiday celebration, guests will have the opportunity to bid on the wreaths during a silent auction, with all proceeds going to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Corpus Christi. The evening will feature live entertainment in addition to plenty of delicious treats and refreshments. This special occasion is free and open to the public. For those interested in attending please RSVP by calling (361) 994-0905.

Mirador is always seeking ways to present its residents and special guests with opportunities to give back to the local community, share experiences and enjoy incredible events. The community is hosting the Festival of Wreaths as a unique opportunity to support those in need.

Mirador to Receive National Quality Award For 2017

October 11, 2017

Mirador is proud to announce its recent recognition as a 2017 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for the community’s dedication to improving the lives of its residents through quality care. In addition to independent living, Mirador offers assisted living, memory care, as well as long- and short-term skilled nursing residences. This special distinction is one of the three progressive award levels through the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long-term and post-acute care. Mirador attributes its success to the dedication of team members and their desire to provide residents with exceptional care. To qualify for the award, Mirador had to identify an area of focus within the community the team wanted to improve and had to demonstrate measurable improvements. They chose fall prevention, and the community significantly lowered the risk of a fall for residents through the implementation of new processes.

“We are honored to receive this exclusive recognition,” said Deborah Nugent, executive director of Mirador. “At Mirador, we strive to maintain an environment where our team is focused on excellence both personally and professionally, and it can be seen in everything they do. Our team works each day to ensure that our residents receive quality care, and this award is only further proof of their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care.”

The National Quality Award program honors association members across the nation who have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and persons with disabilities. Mirador applied for the award in January based on its mission statement, vision, as well as key strengths and challenges. Upon submission, a group of trained examiners reviewed the community’s application to determine if all criteria were met. Mirador will receive the award during the AHCA/NCAL 68th annual convention and exposition in Las Vegas, Nev., which takes place October 15 to 18, 2017. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Mirador may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels to qualify for the SilverAchievement in Quality Award.

“It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition,” said Vanessa Hancock, sales counselor for The Plaza Health Services at Mirador. “Our team works every day to ensure the highest quality of care for residents, and this recognition wouldn’t be possible without their desire to maintain excellence in care. This award is a testament to their commitment and the superior service they provide. We are proud of their achievement and look forward to seeing what they are able to accomplish next.”

Mirador to Host Supply Drive for Coastal Bend Residents Affected by Hurricane Harvey

September 19, 2017

Mirador retirement community is working to lend a helping hand to those in the local Coastal Bend area affected by Hurricane Harvey. The senior living community has partnered with other local vendors to host a supply drive and special fundraising events for residents and guests, with all proceeds going directly to those in the local community who need the most assistance. Donations and supplies will be divided equally and given to the Rockport Chamber of Commerce and Port Aransas Independent School District. From September 18 until September 22, the public is invited to drop off their donations at the front desk of the senior living community, located at 5857 Timbergate Drive. Donations needed for people of all ages include diapers, socks and undergarments. Additionally, Mirador is also selling “Texas Strong” bracelets for $3 each to raise additional funds to purchase nonperishable foods and other supplies. The community understands that many in the local area were affected by the devastating storm and wants to do its part to help those most impacted get back on their feet.

“It’s difficult to observe the devastation from the storm and see how it affected our neighbors and impacted the greater community,” said Deborah Nugent, executive director of Mirador. “We want to do everything we can to make sure that everyone has what they need to regain a sense of normalcy. For many, there is a tremendous need for basic necessities. When we were thinking of a way to help it seemed natural to collect supplies like socks, which everyone can use to stay comfortable. We hope that this endeavor will be successful and that we are able to show our Coastal Bend neighbors they are not alone as we rebuild and look to the future.”

For those interested in contributing to the supply drive, call Vanessa Hancock at (361) 651-1115 for more information or drop off donations at the community’s front desk.

Mirador Shares Importance of Disaster Preparedness after Hurricane Harvey

September 18, 2017

After the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Mirador residents and team members are taking the time to reflect on the success of the evacuation at the Corpus Christi community. Mirador residents were shuttled to Querencia, a sister community located in Austin, Texas. 

To read the full story on Mirador's emergency plan for a safe and successful evacuation, click here

 
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