The Quaker Connection: Quaker Values in Senior Living
At Foulkeways of Gwynedd, our senior living community is guided by a history of Quaker values. Respect for personal dignity, appreciation of diversity, financial prudence, volunteerism, a quest for lifelong learning, caring for and about the greater community, and admirable stewards of the environment; noble philosophies that guide everyday decision-making as well as our long term goals.
One of the first Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) in the United States, Foulkeways has been guided by these Quaker values in senior living since 1967.
The mission of Foulkeways is to provide comprehensive services for our residents driven by Quaker values and to promote independence, quality-of-life, respect, inclusion, security, and choice.
Foulkeways will expand upon its founding vision of creating a community centered on valuing and enhancing the quality-of-life for each resident. Our vision will be achieved by respecting personal dignity, embracing diversity, maintaining open communications with residents and emphasizing financial sustainability. Foulkeways will encourage lifelong learning, stewardship of the environment and volunteerism; all in the context of a caring, collaborative community of staff, management and residents. These priorities complement our continued dedication to delivering cutting-edge services, innovative technology, and both state-of-the-art facilities and residential units in a garden-like setting. Unwavering focus on this vision will enable Foulkeways to remain a leader among Life Plan Communities.
The Divine is in each of us…
We are all connected such that the joys and challenges of living are shared by us all. There is only one class of citizen in this vision—all are equal—and it is this belief that gives rise to the following values: respect for all, inclusiveness, mutual support, simplicity and a positive view of self and each other.
Community exceeds the sum of its parts…
The gathering of individuals in the Foulkeways community is more than the sum of the parts. Foulkeways expands and grows in its collective character for the mutual benefit of all. Our community encourages working together and sharing interests to promote understanding, mutual affection and group action. From this communal spirit arise the following values: honoring of individual gifts and attributes, creative growth, choice, opportunity, social responsibility, security, and volunteerism.
The responsibilities of leadership…
Foulkeways has been and will continue to be, an innovative leader. Leadership includes striving for new and better ways to ensure that the lives of our residents and staff are as full, rewarding and productive as possible. In addition to fulfilling our responsibilities to our community, we recognize that we are members of the larger world in which we live. The innovations and initiatives that we develop must address broader responsibilities beyond our campus and must be built on the following fundamental values: transparency, stewardship of resources, responsiveness, global citizenship, inclusiveness, forward thinking and planning.