Associate perspectives: Why I love serving seniors
No two Holiday Retirement communities are precisely alike, just as no two residents are the same, but talk to a team member at any one of our communities across the country, and you’ll hear one common thread: “I love working with the residents!”
We caught up with team members at three communities to find out why the seniors they serve make every day rich and rewarding.
“They’re so full of history and knowledge,” said Missy Runser, enrichment coordinator at Holiday Retirement’s Curtis Creek. “They lived in a time before I was born, and I’m always learning from them. But they’re still kids inside — they want to have fun.”
Missy says the busy days are gratifying because every day is an opportunity to make her residents happy and give them hugs. Over her eight years working with seniors, she’s gained invaluable perspective from the residents. The best lesson, she says, is a simple one, “learn to take life easy and make everything out of each day that you can. Tomorrow’s not promised to us. Try to make every day the best you can.”
The staff at Holiday Retirement's The Oaks of Auburn can’t say enough about the rich stories and experiences the residents have to share. “I love having such close proximity to some of the most interesting lives on the planet. Theirs was a generation of movers and shakers,” Walt Trumbo, general manager, said.
“People from past generations are like time machines. Through the stories they share you can learn about them, their lives and what it was like to live, work and love in a bygone era,” Shahnaz Abad, executive chef at The Oaks of Auburn, agreed. “I love to work for them because they remind me of my own parents.”
Assistant general manager Jeff Zelsdorf echoed that sentiment. “Seniors remind us all that life is beautiful and we all must rejoice in our families and the love we all share.” Cathleen Sommer, The Oaks of Auburn enrichment coordinator, added that residents are like an extended family to the entire staff. “We truly love them as if they were our own parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles. I will always treasure the memories I have with this these wonderful residents.”
Joyce Gilbert from Holiday Retirement’s Hidden Lakes certainly agrees: “Working with seniors is a pleasure. A pure treat. They have so many amazing and wonderful stories, and besides, who in their right mind doesn't need 140 grandmas and 60 grandpas?”
Joyce, an enrichment coordinator, says she loves hearing stories from the residents but is also thrilled to be there as they build new stories in their lives. “They become such an intricate part of your life. They miss you when you are not with them, and you miss them too, just like family.”
These fine folks aren’t the only ones raving about their residents. See what other Holiday Retirement team members say is the reason they love their job in this article.
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