CONCORD, MA – They are some of the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic: the dedicated men and women who work in local senior living communities, helping to keep residents healthy and happy while providing as much normalcy as possible. At Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support in West Concord, the leadership team is expressing their gratitude for the associates who are going above and beyond every day.
“We have such a close-knit community here at Concord Park, and our associates are the foundation of that,” said Executive Director Natasha Heimrath. “Working with seniors is a passion for them, and while we never could have anticipated how Covid-19 would change our lives, our dedicated team of caregivers, housekeepers, community relations associates, servers, chefs, and buildings and grounds workers didn’t miss a beat. These individuals come to work everyday to care for our residents, protect them and continue the fight against Covid-19. I am so inspired by their bravery, unity, and love for our residents and this community.”
Some of the community’s associates recently opened up about their experiences working at the Assisted Living community and what it means to them.
Rodeline Joseph, a Resident Care Associate, who has worked at Concord Park for more than 13 years, considers Concord Park to be a family.
“I love it here,” she says. “I love the residents, providing them with the very best care and the Compass Memory Support Neighborhood is like a family to me.”
Resident Care Associate Neuri Miguel agrees.
“The residents are like family to me and I treat them as I would want someone to treat my Grandparents,” she says. “I love all the life stories the residents share with me and appreciate each day we spend together.”
Emerson Decosta, Concord Park Sous Chef, also considers working with seniors and hearing about their life stories and experiences to be a highlight of his job.
“I enjoy talking with them, learning about their experiences and being a part of improving their quality of life,” he says.
Overall, the team at Concord Park believes that their work is rewarding because it makes a difference in the lives of residents.
“I love working here at Concord Park,” says Marrisa Baril, one of the community’s Wellness Nurses. “It’s such a rewarding experience being part of a team that helps seniors maintain their independence and live well.”
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a Volunteers of America Massachusetts nonprofit senior community located in West Concord. For more information on a rewarding career in Assisted Living, please visit www.ConcordPark.org/careers.
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