As part of the UNC School of Nursing Global Partnerships program Galloway Ridge hosted eight nursing students from Australian Catholic University for an afternoon of education and discussion on the life plan community concept in the United States. The students learned about all of the available senior housing options in the United States along with a detailed discussion of life at Galloway Ridge. During the panel discussion with six Galloway Ridge residents the nursing students heard stories about why living in a life plan community creates opportunities for connection and purposeful living. The residents encouraged the students to consider working in senior communities because of the long term relationships they can form with the residents and vice versa.
After the panel discussion, the students toured Galloway Ridge and spent time in the Arbor HealthCare Center. Sandra Haggins, Arbor HealthCare Center Administrator, shared her passion for working at Galloway Ridge and how taking the time to learn about the residents lives makes her nursing career even more robust. The students will be at UNC Chapel Hill for another week before returning to Australia to continue their nursing education at Australian Catholic University.