Radiant Voices: Celene, Business Office Manager

As a part of a series on the people who choose to work in senior living, we are sharing our full interviews with those senior living employees that have been featured on the RadiantVoices Instagram feed. Follow along on Instagram to see more stories from Senior Living team members.

My Senior Living Story - Celene, Business Office Manager | RadiantCareers.com

Meet Celene! Celene is the Business Office Manager at Sweetbriar Villa, an Assisted and Memory Care community in Springfield, Oregon. Celene has worked in senior living for over 19 years.

My Senior Living Story – Business Office Manager

What was your first job in senior living?

“Housekeeping in our memory care unit.”

What is one moment in your career that made you realize that you are doing something that you truly loved?

“I don’t know that there was one defining moment. But, definitely when the people I was working with started getting to know me and smiling when I came to help them.”

What stands out to you about working at Sweetbriar Villa?

“I love because it’s so small and I get to know the residents really well. And the staff really well.”

If someone were looking to work in senior living, what would you say would be the greatest benefit of working in this field?

“The relationships that you get with your residents.”


As a part of a series on the people who choose to work in senior living, we are sharing our full interviews with those senior living employees that have been featured on the RadiantVoices Instagram feed. Follow along on Instagram to see more stories from Senior Living team members.

Meet Matthew, Nurse | RadiantCareers.com

Meet Matt, a Licensed Nurse Practitioner at Farmington Square Assisted & Memory Care in Eugene, Oregon. He has worked in senior living for over nine years.

My Senior Living Story – LPN

You’ve worked in the senior living industry for some time now, how did you come to work at an Assisted and Memory Care?

“I worked in the Skilled Nursing, post-acute setting for a while as a Skilled Manager. I wanted something a little more homey, you know, something a little more resident-focused, so I started looking at jobs at a community. I settled upon Farmington, although, I am sure that Jill [the Executive Director] thought it was weird that I called to interview them first. I had a tour to see what I thought of the place, to see if it was a good fit for myself and for them as well. After meeting with them four or five times, I decided to officially apply and go for the job.”

What has kept you working in senior living? A moment or experience?

“It’s always one of those things. There are no shortage of moments where you get to have a meaningful impact on someone’s life. Whether it’s helping someone after a surgery or helping someone through the end of life process, it is an incredible honor that someone trusts you enough to do that for their loved ones, or to do that for themselves. So, it’s really, it’s an honor to be able to do that for people.”

 

 


Rewarding Work of Caregiving

Posted on 02May

We asked our caregiver from our Assisted and Memory Care in Salem, Oregon, Farmington Square, to share about her work as a caregiver. Carlynn was awarded the Oregon Health Care Association’s Caregiver of the Year award in 2014. She has worked at Farmington Square for (now) 13 years.

“I’m Carlynn Chewning, I’m a caregiver, and I’ve been a caregiver for 12 years in Salem Farmington Square. And, I’m just making a difference. Because I care for them [our residents], they care for me. They depend on me. They need me, and I feel like I need them too. There are so many things in this world that I could do, but this is what I was meant to do. I love my job, I love what I do. I change life for them. If they’re happy I’ve done something, I’ve made someone happy, I’ve made their day. It’s a good feeling. It’s rewarding in itself, to make someone happy, and it should be for anyone in this world.”


As a part of a series on the people who choose to work in senior living, we are sharing our full interviews with those senior living employees that have been featured on the RadiantVoices Instagram feed. Follow along on Instagram to see more stories from Senior Living team members.

Meet Luz, Caregiver | RadiantCareers.com

Luz is a caregiver at Emerald Gardens Assisted & Memory Care in Woodburn, Oregon. She has been caregiving for ten years.

My Senior Living Story – Caregiver

What made you look into caregiving as a career?

“I just like dealing with the elderly. I have a passion for them. I guess I never had a grandpa or grandma, so that made me choose this route.”

Do you have a moment in the last ten years that you realized that caregiving is for sure something you want to do?

“Yeah! I actually did a couple of years ago. You know you get to a point where you get frustrated at times and I said, ‘Do I really want to keep doing this? Or do I really don’t want to keep doing this?’ and I came to… I really DO want to keep doing this. And, everything changed in me.”

Do you have a favorite resident from over the years?

“I do. I was pregnant with my youngest son. She just loved it that I was pregnant. She cared for me, and up to the day she died, she still remembered my son’s name. I still remember her every day.”

Luz, you’ve been caregiving for ten years now, so you have a lot of great advice to share. If someone were looking for a job and were considering caregiving, what traits do you think they need to have?

“First of all, have patience! Have passion for these elderly people. And, be with a great attitude. There are days that you have to fake it. There are days when things happen out there, but you come in here and you have to be with a positive attitude. You cannot be without a positive attitude because it’ll ruin their day, and you don’t want that.”


Working in Senior Living

Posted on 25Jan

We asked some of our team members to share their experience working in Senior Living. Here is what they shared:

Rachael, Community Relation’s Director: “My job doesn’t feel like a job. I feel like I come to work every day and I get paid for doing what I love to do.”

Carlynn, Caregiver: “They depend on me, they need me…and, I feel like I need them too.”

Erika, Food Service Manager: “The thing is to give them the joy, the happiness of the moment, [make them] feel special.”

Misty, Med Aide/ Caregiver: “When I come to work, this is my home away from home. And, you get really attached to the people you take care of. And, what’s important to me is to make sure that they feel that their at home as well.”

Matt, Director of Environmental Services: “We had a resident whose family wasn’t able to make it for his birthday party. It was his 98th birthday party, and he wanted a steak. He wanted to go out for a steak. And we took him to the Outback Steakhouse.”

Erika:  “If they require things I run. If they don’t have it, I make it happen.”

Matt: “When I looked at him, I could see my grandfather in his eyes.”

Misty:  “You sit down with them and you just talk with them about anything. They might be talking about their family, their past, what their future plans are…”

Matt: “You don’t get experiences like that from any other job that I can think of.”

Rachael: “It is very emotional. It is, because you’re going on that journey with the family. And, I am very passionate about what I do.”

Carlynn: There are so many things in this world that I could do. But, this is what I was meant to do.”

Misty: “We are their little family in a way. It makes me feel good to be there for them for that.”


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