Celebrating special bonds between Holiday employees and residents
Every Holiday Retirement community is just that, a community. Many of our residents and staff members form special bonds and friendships over time. It’s not uncommon to hear people call their friends and neighbors a second family. That, in part, is why we think of ourselves as the Holiday Retirement family.
With that in mind, we’ve collected the stories of some wonderful staff-resident relationships from communities all around the country.
Christine and Elaine
Just about everyone at Holiday Retirement’s Sunridge knows Christine Shilowsky — and Christine knows all of them too. Christine has been a server and a housekeeper, and she’s on her way to ever-expanding roles within the senior living community. She’s known for dishing out hugs to anyone who might need them and for her knack for remembering every resident’s favorite foods. That’s how she and Elaine got to be pals. Whenever Christine sees Elaine, she brings her the usual — coffee, milk and jello — and stops for a chat while making sure Elaine doesn’t need anything else.
Michael and Sylvia
Sylvia Kicklighter and Chef Michael Gordy of Holiday Retirement’s University Pines came together after Michael’s 5-year-old son took a shine to Ms. Sylvia and started requesting to hang out at dad’s work. The cross-generational duo play checkers, chat and share dinner whenever the youngster visits. Now, Michael and Sylvia have a friendship all their own as well.
Carol and Richard
Carol wears a lot of hats at Holiday Retirement’s Lighthouse Pointe. She drives the bus, works in the kitchen and helps out with housekeeping and management when others need time off. She’s beloved by her co-workers and the residents; but of everyone, she may be closest to Richard, a resident known to brighten everyone’s day whenever he can. Richard frequently brings treats for the staff and has been known to send flowers in honor of birthdays. Perhaps it’s that shared kindness that brought Carol and Richard to be such good friends. If Richard is ever under the weather, Carol bakes him a special treat and has even been known to take his dog for a walk from time-to-time.
Coreen and Ed
Coreen Carter, head housekeeper at Holiday Retirement’s Niagara Village, comes in early every day to make sure she has time to share a cup of coffee and a bit of conversation with her pal, Ed, a Niagara Village resident.
The holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate family — both the family we’re born into and the family we choose. We’re thrilled to have these and so many other special relationships in our communities — thanks to all the staff and residents who make every day at Holiday Retirement special.
If you’re a passionate and compassionate individual ready for the next stage of your career, Holiday Retirement may be just what you need. Come work with us! And stop by a community near you any time to get a taste of life at Holiday.