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Posted: May 21, 2020


Brightening Days with Sunshine Moments at Sugar Fork Crossing

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” Max Muller get credit for that encouraging quote, but the Our Dining Services team at Sugar Fork Crossing are adding that mindset to the dining experience for the residents they are blessed to be able to serve.

Trish Ohlsen, Support Manager for Our Dining Services has implemented a beautiful touch to meal services at Sugar Fork Crossing that she likes to call a, “Sunshine Moment.”

“A sunshine moment is an inspirational moment to start the day off well that reminds each of our friends here that there are people around them that love them and care for them. And a gentle reminder that we are in this together,” Ohlsen shared as she described the vision behind these moments.

“Most people associate food with love, family and caring, so our goal is to be the best part of their day,” Ohlsen added.

A Sunshine Moment is a simple positive and encouraging message on a piece of paper featured on each resident’s breakfast tray as it is delivered to their luxury senior living apartment.



Covid-19 precautions have really changed the dining format everywhere, and senior living communities are feeling those changes too. Sugar Fork Crossing has been very fortunate to remain symptoms free to date and are doing everything they can in attempts to keep it that way. Trish Ohlsen and her dining services team are also doing everything they can to keep smiles on faces even if those smiling faces aren’t filling up the beautiful dining room like they normally would be.

Each resident is delivered their breakfast, lunch & dinner in their apartment along with creative snacks and refreshments as a part of one of the many covid-19 precautions in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. These Sunshine Moments are adding bright spots to the very beginning of each resident’s morning as they accompany their fresh, hot made from scratch breakfast.

Jim Moore admits food is very important to him and he really appreciates the gesture during these challenging times when so many of the normal routines like visits with family aren’t happening. “They sent me that note and I appreciate that. I even sent a little note back to them letting them know how much I appreciated it and how good the food is. I can’t go anywhere up and down the bypass there and get a better meal than what I am getting right now and I wanted them to know that,” Moore expressed.

Such a simple touch has made a big impression. Life Enrichment Coordinator Marilyn Sephus noticed the difference right away, “During a one on one activity I noticed on a resident’s tray a small note and I asked what it was. She stated that it was a note from the kitchen. As she began to read the quote she lit up and said it made her feel good, and even a little special. I then asked what she was going to do with it and she said she was going to save it.”

Jane Sowash shared how she feels in the morning when she receives her Sunshine Moment breakfast, “It makes me feel good. I save a lot of them, I even put some of them on my door so other people can read them in hopes that they can be encouraged by them too.

Anna Stillwell has been saving her Sunshine Moments too, “I think these are great, they let you know they care.” Stillwell shared her favorite one so far that said, “There are seven billion people in the world and we are fortunate to be able to serve you.”

Quarantine times may have disrupted so many of our norms, but Ohlsen and her team at Sugar Fork Crossing are making sure it isn’t disrupting their mission of bringing happiness to those they are blessed to be able to serve; even if they have to think out of the box to keep their friends smiling.

Catherine Pulsifer would approve as she gave us this quote and let it brighten your day as well, “May sunshine surround you each new day. And may smiles and love never be far away.”


Sugar Fork Crossing provides Assisted Living and Memory Support services for older adults in a safe, loving and caring environment. The community honors individuality and strives to support both residents and family members in leading their best life possible. Learn more about move-in opportunities and keep up on safety precautions at www.www.sugarforkcrossingliving.com or by calling 765-233-9360.

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