May Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Celebrating the Neighborly Way of Life
This month we explore what make the Trinity Woods neighborhood special – what are you waiting for? You won’t want to miss the article on Pickleball the fast growing sport in the US. We also celebrate the May STARS Employees of the Month – Karen and Tim!

May Wellness
We are brining back Spring Fling! A great afternoon with fellowship, fun, and food! Featured events include a trip to Pawnee, Lyndon Myer Piano Concert, and Eicher Thursday a community favorite.

New Neighbors
Meet Betty and Evelyn!

May Availability
This month we are showcasing the Maple Floor Plan in Crestwood. Click here for more information!

Meet the Chef

The heart of every home (or community) is the kitchen, which is where the idea for “Meet the Chef” was born. This program gives residents an avenue to meet the chefs who create the amazing food at Trinity Woods. For example, did you know that Trinity Woods has three fulltime chefs on the dining team?

In a partnership with the Dining team, we are pleased to announce the return of Trinity Woods’ “Meet the Chef” event. This is an opportunity to not only hear directly from the chefs who prepare the meals, but also learn how to prepare them. There might even be a few Trinity Woods secret recipes shared.

Throughout the years the Trinity Woods’ chefs have featured many recipes, shared stories, and served samplings. The time has come to add a new flare to this longstanding event! In April “Meet the Chef” will be hosted in the Cypress Grille and will feature Chef Ling Pham. Chef Ling has been at Trinity Woods for over 10 years. He was the Executive Chef in Charter Oak and then opened the Cypress Grille where he is currently the Executive Chef.

This enhanced program will highlight a different Trinity Woods chef each month and they will bring their flare to each experience. Members will learn more about the chefs personally and about their cooking style. Each Chef will demonstrate their favorite recipes and teach participants about the cooking process, all while answering questions along the way. And the best part is everyone enjoys a sample!

At the end of the program, members will walk away with a new recipe and have a better insight about what goes into making the delicious food we serve at Trinity Woods. Our goal with the new enhanced program is to offer another way for the residents to interact with the kitchen team and learn new cooking techniques.

Mark your calendar for the Meet the Chef event, which is scheduled for Tuesday,
April 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets and reservations are required for this event.

A Stroll Down ‘Memory Care’ Lane

By Sadie Krywicki, Trinity Woods Memory Care Manager

It has been one year since Trinity Woods opened our memory care assisted living houses. At the time, I remember everyone asking, “what makes these houses so special when it comes to memory care?”

The Marshall-Gaddy and Barnes Houses are the newest memory care homes in Tulsa and their unique small house model is unlike any other in the area. Each home offers 12 private rooms with living quarters for each resident, a family-style dining area and open kitchen with full meal service, along with trained caregivers 24 hours-a-day.

However, what makes these houses truly feel like home is our philosophy to encourage residents’ maximum autonomy. Instead of a stringent schedule, we provide options and empower residents to take ownership of their choices. They enjoy shopping, exploring Tulsa attractions and events, attending on-campus events, arts and crafts, baking, music, dancing, and reminiscing in each other’s company.

I have enjoyed watching the residents become a family to each other. Each day brings a new opportunity to fi nd or invigorate someone’s purpose. For example, we have a retired nurse who we often find ‘checking on her patients’ throughout the day and making sure everyone in the house is cared for. We have another gentleman who enjoys entertaining everyone by playing guitar and piano, making everyone smile.

Our “household” model encourages consistent communication and care between caregivers and residents which develops stronger relationships. This allows us to more quickly identify changes in behavior and other concerns in order to make earlier adjustments to lifestyle or treatment, if necessary.

Dementia affects everyone differently and our team is constantly adjusting so that residents have a person-centered experience. We know when we provide residents with a familiar, calm atmosphere that feels and looks like home, the state of their well-being can significantly improve.

For more information about Trinity Woods memory care options call 918.743.2565 or visit

Learning About the “Woods” at Trinity Woods

By Don Hertzler, Trinity Woods resident and Tulsa Master Garden

The first half of April, Oklahoma flowering dogwoods put on a show. We have several dogwoods on the Trinity Woods campus. The native dogwoods (Cornus Florida) bloom before the leaves appear but hybrids of the natives and Kousa Dogwoods (Cornus kousa) have larger blooms among green leaves.
I encourage everyone to get out and experience “the woods” wherever you are in Tulsa. Here is a
photo of one from my front yard flowering with the azaleas. Which type of flowering dogwood
is it? See how many dogwoods you can find on our campus or around town this April!

Holy Week

Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Christian believers it is the highest of the holy days because this is the day Jesus soundly defeated death, hell, and the grave. Because of His resurrection, believers have a blessed hope of being raised together with Christ and the blessed assurance of spending eternity together with Him in their heavenly homes.

We are preparing for that great day of celebration during the Lenten season. To culminate this season, Christians make final preparations during the week before Easter/Resurrection Sunday known as Holy Week. It starts with Palm Sunday when Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem. The week leads us
through His trial, the Last Supper, His crucifixion, and ends on Easter Sunday with His resurrection.

This is the basis of Christianity; His sacrifice launched the New Covenant God promised and many had prophesied throughout the Old Testament. Each day of Holy Week allows us to peek into the heart of our Savior at intently close proximity. His love for us is reflected in every significant step toward the cross,
every breath up to the last, and His resurrection. Holy Week provides us the opportunity to reflect on and remember what Christ endured to secure our salvation.

Affordable Senior Living Community Option!

This month we are featuring the most affordable senior living community option in Tulsa – Trinity Woods’ Felt House apartments. Located in the heart of Tulsa, Trinity Woods is 40 acres of scenic beauty, full of life, and great neighbors. Discover a sense of community like no other. Trinity Woods is a place to grow, connect and truly live. Right now we are offering an April Special. The Felt House offers 1 bedroom and bathroom, living room, and kitchen but you also receive three meals a day. For this month only the entry fee is $5,000 (based on the standard plan) and $2,745 in monthly expenses – don’t forget this includes meals, housekeeping and maintenance! And $5000 toward moving expenses! Contact us for more info.

April Stars of the Month

Japhari Maji, CNA Buehler Place
» Start Date: September 2005
» Wanted to be as a Kid: A Mechanic
» Described by Friends: A caring person who will
do anything to help
» First Job: Making Air Conditioners
» One Food Forever: Tacos!
» Favorite Book: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
» Fun Fact: I have an almost photographic memory.
» What his supervisor says: “Japhari is always dependable, and the elders look forward to the
times he is there.” – Cheryl Hrdlicka, Director of Nursing

April Stars of the Month

Delisa Atkins-Gray, Fitness Coordinator
» Start Date: January 2021
» Born: Tulsa, Oklahoma
» Raised: Coweta, Oklahoma
» Favorite Sport: Roller Skating
» Hobbies: Dancing, Camping and Traveling to Bahamas and Jamaica
» Favorite Verse: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
» Favorite Movie: Funny Farm
» Collects: Jokes! I love to tell them to the residents.
» Family: Married with three Dogs
» What her supervisor says: “Her daily jokes, her kind heart, and her willingness to help make
Delisa a great asset to the Wellness team. Delisa finds creative ways to engage the residents in all
areas of the campus and adds a smile to every room she goes too!” – Jennifer Rawlings, VP of

April Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Memory Care Houses – A Year in Review
It has been one year since we opened the Marshall-Gaddy and Barnes memory care assisted living houses on campus. In this issue we hear from Memory Care Manager, Sadie Krywicki about what makes these houses so special. We also celebrate the April STARS Employees of the Month – Delisa and Japhari!

April Wellness
Trinity Woods announces the return of Meet the Chef! We also highlight all the Holy Week services on campus with special guest speakers. This month we several different concerts along with the book club.

New Neighbors
Meet Matt and Teilla; Don and Judy; and Betty!

Volunteer for your Health

April is National Volunteering Month. Did you know that volunteering is a reciprocal act? The benefits of volunteering can be improving mental health, making new friends, gaining a sense of purpose and connectedness, as well as boosting your overall happiness! Volunteering also enhances the programs and offerings at Trinity Woods. We would not have the robust programming if it were not for the volunteers. Community participation is what makes Trinity Woods the premier place to be. Let me say “thank you for all your efforts and dedication!”

Even during the trying times of 2020 members found ways to volunteer on campus. Some of our long-standing opportunities were put on hold, some were able to be adapted throughout the year, and new opportunities were created. As we celebrate National Volunteer Month, we want to celebrate the 140 on campus volunteers from 2020.

Here are just some of the ways people volunteered:  Bargain Basement, Caring Mat-ters, Fifth Thursday, Food Committee, Health Center Volunteer, Holliman Center Volunteer, Event Help, Libraries, Manor Bears, Manor Mirror, Marketing Ambassadors, Member Council, Movie Nights, Needlecraft, Program Presenters/Organizers, Screenwatchers Guild, Worship and Spiritual Life, Pianists, Walk and Rollers, WAC, Thanksgiving, CLC Planning, Development, Spann Set-Up, Welcome Wednesday, and the Safety Committee. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Irene Brown at 918-346-6614 or

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