Activities, Events and Services at The GreenFields
Residents living at The GreenFields Continuing Care Community have access to a diverse range of programs and activities, all held right on the Lancaster campus. These programs are held not only for the benefit of residents, but also family members, visitors and community members alike.
Learn more about some of the ongoing programs held at The GreenFields.
The GreenFields recognized early on in 2020 the need for greater spiritual support in our Continuing Care Community. In October of 2020, we augmented the Chaplain position to full-time.
Ensuring that our residents, their families, and our staff have access to interfaith and interdisciplinary care, counseling, personal support, guidance and referrals is a top priority here at The GreenFields. Our Pastoral Care program is aligned with a support network that understands the special needs in our diverse community.
Deborah Greatrix Tayler is our full-time chaplain and provides much needed pastoral care services across our campus. She holds a master’s in ministry from Christ the King Seminary and has an extensive a background in youth ministry, music ministry, and pulpit supply teaching.
Along with coordinating services with all faiths, Chaplain Greatrix Tyler ensures that religious, sacramental and educational services, Bible studies and devotions are held on a regular basis and available to all.
Prior to joining the Niagara Lutheran Health System in 2023, Deborah founded the Buffalo Burrito Project Homeless Ministry to help those in need in downtown Buffalo and has been a Chaplain in healthcare for many years in long-term care facilities. She carries a degree in Biochemistry from Niagara County Community College including a degree in foreign policy from the University at Buffalo.
Deborah grew up on Grand Island and currently resides in North Tonawanda.
Connections is a recording of a conversation between two individuals; the interviewer and the resident, or storyteller. This program offers residents of The GreenFields a chance to tell their unique story and share who they are and where they came from. Resident storytellers also have the opportunity to reveal and record their hopes and dreams with those they love – because every story matters!
Music and Memory
Music and Memory is a program that allows residents at The GreenFields who are suffering from various forms of dementia to play music from their past. In turn, this helps to boost cognitive skills and reduces the need for certain medications. Research shows that music improves the retrieval of stored memory, and when participants listen to music, they become more engaged with their surroundings, more social and begin to remember more.
Paws for Love
Paws for Love is a volunteer-led pet therapy program where pet owners bring their gentle four-legged friend to visit with residents at The GreenFields, adding new dimensions to their lives. Volunteers’ pets are evaluated by certified animal behaviorists at the SPCA. Paws for Love ambassadors visit each facility at The GreenFields a minimum of once a week.
The GreenFields is home to an exclusive wellness program led by certified instructors from the YMCA! Three days a week, residents at The GreenFields have the opportunity to participate in various activities to maintain good health and wellness. With a little extra movement and the support of coaches from the YMCA, this partnership will help The GreenFields residents feel engaged, happy, and part of a community with a shared goal to live a well, vibrant, and independent life.
GreenField Childcare & Wellness Center
- Lower cost, high quality child care for employees
- For children 6 weeks to 12 years
- Inter-generational programs for children & campus residents
- For use by employees and campus residents
- Variety of resistance, cardiovascular, and weight training equipment available
- GreenField Physical Therapists and UB Exercise Science students will be available to assist with wellness goals at certain times
- Open 5am — 9pm, daily
Throughout the year, The GreenFields campus hosts a number of different events to support different groups and campaigns in the greater Western New York community. The following is a list of some of the annual drives and campaigns held on campus.
A Walk to Remember
Partnering with the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, The GreenFields hosts an on-campus walk and basket raffle to fight back and raise critically needed funds to further research. The yearly event also helps support delivering free information and supportive services on Alzheimer’s to those who need them.
Neighbors in Need Food Drive
More than 300 families in Lancaster and Depew – mostly seniors – are in need of help. The Lancaster Trinity Food Pantry is able to assist these families in getting the help they need. The GreenFields hosts an annual donation collection to benefit the Trinity Food Pantry. During the event, residents, their family members and community members donated a variety of needed items including unexpired canned goods, nonperishable food items and personal care products, including toothbrushes, deodorant and soap.