Q: What is the key factor in the happiness and comfort of seniors residing at the best retirement communities?
A: The quality of the staff.
Words from families about staff members at our senior communities
From co-workers in health care and therapy services to those in food services and maintenance, they arrive each day with a common overall goal: to work together to make life better for all residents of the senior living community.
Along with their professional skills, these staff members bring a passion for working with older adults. They see a true purpose in the roles they fulfill and enjoy creating a friendly, caring, home-like environment and meaningful connections for seniors.
At Country Meadows, we are reminded of our staff’s dedication each time we receive messages like these from family members:
“I cannot express how grateful I am to you for your constant, loving care of my mother. Each of you has made an extraordinary difference in her life and mine. I am so thankful for your kindness and compassion and your always excellent care.”
“I hope that when you go home at the end of the day, you know how much your work contributes to so many people’s well-being, and how much we appreciate you.”
Words from co-workers at our retirement communities
We also see this commitment expressed in words from our co-workers themselves:
“What I like most about working with residents who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is that I get the opportunity to make them smile and give them a purpose and a meaning throughout the day. This is a very lonely disease, and when we can make those moments for our residents … that is everything.” – Ashley Maggio (She began as a personal care associate and is now a Connections Club coordinator.)
“Whenever I had time, I would just sit down and talk with them (residents). During downtime, I’d go visit with them and talk about their lives and get to know them more. Over the years, I developed a unique relationship with every person in that dining room.” – Garrett Kistler (He started as a dining room associate, got his college degree and is now a director of marketing.)
Whether we are hiring people to work in health care and therapy services, wellness and fitness, community life, or spiritual life … whether we are looking for prospective co-workers for food services, housekeeping, or maintenance, above all we want Country Meadows co-workers who have compassion and a desire to be with senior adults.
At the end of the day, we ask ourselves, “Did we make life a little better for our residents today?” Our goal is to answer “yes” every day.
Check out our weekly #MyDifference Monday posts on our Facebook careers page from co-workers sharing ways they connect with residents and reasons they love what they do.
Visit Country Meadows—see our staff in action
If you’re considering a senior independent living community or an assisted living or personal care home, please contact us to visit any of our retirement home communities. There you will find residents with full lives in a family-oriented, caring environment. While you’re there, you’ll meet members of our staff and see their dedication in action. Country Meadows has 10 retirement communities in Pennsylvania as well as a Maryland retirement home.
You might be interested in our Connections Memory Support Services as well. Our Connections program has cared for more than 10,000 people with memory loss for more than 20 years. Connections is available at all our senior communities.