The Value of Caregivers in Assisted Living

 

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In the January/February 2019 edition of Senior Living Executive magazine, Linda Silveira, Executive Director of Greenwich Farms at Warwick, a Benchmark community in Rhode Island, devoted a column to the importance of a people-centered senior community. Her piece, How to Help Your Residents Write Their Next Chapter, instructed community leaders to look to family members for valuable input on resident preferences, personalities, and more: but it also went deeper, encouraging communities to give residents an opportunity to share their stories, to have a voice, and to have an active role in penning this new chapter of their lives. 

In an interview with Linda, she added “When hiring associates in assisted living, it’s essential to identify candidates who truly love seniors and want to make a difference in their lives. Then create an environment that encourages associates to take a genuine interest in the residents’ lives – getting to know their history, interest, desires, and dreams. As the relationships develop between the associates and the residents, so do the opportunities to create meaningful moments. By truly knowing our residents, we can help them to write the next chapter in their lives.“


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