When I met with The Waterford staff for the first time three years ago, I spoke to them about a position that I had developed with another senior living facility that we call “hospitality aid”. They liked the idea of implementing that position, which would provide assistance with tasks associated with laundry, kitchen and dining, housekeeping, room delivery and companionship.
The Waterford jumped right in, allowing one of ODC’s candidates to do a temporary work experience supported by DVR. Staff saw how important the position was to the team and the residents, and hired that candidate after her work experience was over.
In 2018, The Waterford supported four individuals in employment, temporary work experiences and on-the-job assessments. Each one of these individuals has been treated as one of the team in a supportive atmosphere. All received great training and the opportunity to learn all they could about assisted / senior living care.
When an employer is willing to give the people I work with a chance, without question, that says a great deal about their commitment to community and the people ODC serves.
Congrats on your 2018 Northwoods Area Employer of the Year award, The Waterford at Colby!
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