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Assisted Living Caregiver September 18, 2020

The heroes behind senior living communities

By: Country Meadows | Assisted Living, Community, Senior Living

National Assisted Living Week is an annual observance of the great value of personal care and assisted living services within senior living communities around the country. Not only does this week, falling on September 13th – 19th this year, recognize the importance of such care for our seniors, it exists to thank the many amazing individuals who work in the industry as well. Between all of the volunteers, coworkers, and hiring managers who recruit these talented caregivers across our Maryland and Pennsylvania locations, we have quite the community to be thankful for. 

This year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week is “Caring is EssentiAL” – and at Country Meadows, we couldn’t agree more. 

Celebrating a sense of family in our senior living communities

Our senior living communities are fueled by the passion and dedication of those caring for our residents every day. In celebrating those who work both behind the scenes and in-person with our residents in personal care and assisted living, we’re also able to share some of the stories that make our coworkers so unique and deserving of recognition. These stories also provide great insights on what makes life at Country Meadows enriching. 

One such spotlight comes from Bright Maumbe, the delegating nurse in the Pathways Restorative Services™ program at our Frederick Campus. Having spent nearly 12 years as an overnight nurse, Bright came to Country Meadows looking to take the next step in his career. What he found, however, was more of a family-like community rather than just another job. This discovery, among the support he feels every day from coworkers and management, is part of what keeps him motivated. 

“What has made me fall in love with Country Meadows,” Bright explains, “is the family orientation, the values and principles which, honestly, have become a part of me. There is a sense of belonging which the Leader family has created even from a distance. Though they are based in Pennsylvania, I feel their presence here in Maryland. The compassion and love you can feel when Mr. Leader comes down here is special. He makes you feel like you have known him for so long. He gives a warm feeling in you, and that warmth can then be transferred to my residents as well. People that are so focused on business sometimes overlook the aspect of humility. But what I’ve noticed with the way the Leaders operate is that humility comes first. And the love that I’m being given from this company makes me want to share that with my residents and coworkers.”

Celebrating our coworkers who go above and beyond for residents within our senior living communities

There are various aspects of the care we provide at Country Meadows that can be difficult and taxing on our coworkers. We know it takes a special type of person to be able to give so much on the job every day. This selfless compassion is a characteristic that we look for within our coworkers as early on as during the hiring process. We believe that this is an important part of what makes the difference in the experience at our senior living communities.

Executive Director of Pathways Restorative Services™, Tanya Todaro, has seen this compassion firsthand. During these unprecedented times, Tanya has been overwhelmed by the way her teams within all of our senior living communities have come together to make residents feel safe and loved. These acts have shown that even in difficult circumstances there can be moments of brightness. 

“Everyone has really come together in all of our senior living communities and is doing everything they can to get through it and make the experience for residents that much better – people are even volunteering extra time. It’s a real testament for the people who are working here.” Tanya went on to say, “they’re amazing, and they really view the residents as family. One of my managers at Leader Heights sent me an email that a PCA called her asking if she could come in on her day off. She just wanted to sing to one of her residents that hadn’t been feeling well. She ended up coming in and singing to them as they fell asleep. It’s just incredible what our coworkers do here.” 

Personal care and assisted living options at Country Meadows’ senior living communities

If you or a loved one are thinking about personal care or assisted living as part of your retirement plans, Country Meadows has many options available. Our senior living communities provide trained staff members on-duty 24 hours a day, assistance in everyday activities such as dressing or medication management and community programs that focus on total well-being. If elevated services are needed, our Connections Memory Support Services and Pathways Restorative Services™ programs are available as well. 

Country Meadows would like to extend a hearty thank you to all of our coworkers currently serving in the personal care and assisted living roles within our senior living communities. During this week, and every week, we appreciate and commend your compassion to our residents. If you know someone working in these fields, make sure you take the time to celebrate them during National Assisted Living Week. 

Often acknowledged as one of the best senior living communities for seniors, Country Meadows has ten locations across Pennsylvania and one location in Maryland. From restorative care and memory support services to independent living, Country Meadows has a wide range of options available to any senior in addition to our personal care or assisted living services. To learn more about our senior living communities, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you. 


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