Some thoughts from the remarkable employees at Hilltop Campus.
CNA, Hilltop Campus
Employee since 2008
When I started in long-term care, I was young — I thought it would just be a job, and I thought it would be easy. It’s not, but I love it. I’ve learned so much from residents: from their personal experiences, their lives, their stories, their different personalities. It’s changed my perspective on life in general – it makes you think about things twice, and realize what’s important. I didn’t think I would get attached to residents, or find a way to connect with those with dementia. You find a way to make everyone smile, be happy, and have a good day. I would recommend working at Hilltop. The kindness and cooperation of everyone – residents and staff – is amazing. Everyone is a name and not a number. I love the fact that I can make a difference every minute. I’m blessed to have a job here.
Assistant Director of Plant Operations, Hilltop Campus
Employee since 2002
I didn’t know anything about long-term care, but I wanted to get into building maintenance. This is such a great place to work – I have a great boss, and our maintenance crew is great as well. Everyone knows everyone – staff and residents alike. What I like best is being able to help the residents – even taking a box off a shelf for someone can make their day.
Activity Coordinator (on right), Hilltop Campus
Employee since 1998
The first month I was here I didn’t think I’d last – the elderly were scary to me. But the residents changed my mind, especially two residents I became close to. They said I was an old soul and was cut out for this job! I have a sense of success when I get someone who’s reluctant to participate to come to an activity. I especially love working with our positive thinking group – it’s a hard transition from home to here, and we help everyone make the best of things. The residents are the best thing about my job. They surprise you – they’re funny, and they make me laugh! I can be myself around them.
Activity Leader, STAR Unit, Hilltop Campus
Employee since 2010
I’ve learned a lot from working with seniors, and I love spending time with them. As activity staff, we make them smile. We’re the reason they have fun. I didn’t think I would get as close to the residents as I do — I thought I would just come to work and go home. I didn’t expect such a bond. What surprised me most about my job is how much I love it. I didn’t think I would have so much fun here, and I don’t even feel like it’s a job! My whole perspective of life is completely different since I started working at the Homes. I feel like I really do make a difference.
Social Worker, Hilltop Campus
Employee since 2012
People my age tend to be intimidated by seniors. They’ll say, “Oh, you work with the elderly?” and I tell them it’s not the negative stuff they’re thinking about. I’ve been in long-term care my whole career, and once you start working with seniors, you realize they’re the greatest people ever. Working here is so much fun. We have great activities that involve everyone – there’s always something to look forward to. I’ve learned what’s important in life from working with seniors: I think more about being there for my older relatives while they’re still around, and spending time with them while they’re still lucid. I never expected the relationships I’ve built with residents, or to see the relationships the clinical staff build with residents. I see the daily interactions between the CNAs and the LPNs and the residents, and it’s amazing. The residents are my favorite thing about working here. Just seeing them laugh and be happy and enjoy life is priceless.
Skilled Maintenance Technician, Hilltop Campus
Employee since 2006
What do I like best about working here? Everything. There isn’t one day I dread coming to work. There’s no tossing and turning in bed on Sunday night worrying about Monday — I can’t wait to come in. I’m comfortable with everyone here regardless of position: I can talk basketball with the head administrator as easily as I can my coworkers. And you couldn’t ask for a better pair of bosses than Paul and Wade.
I worked for several years at a burial vault company before I came here, my boss told me that if you treat every burial like it’s your grandmother, you’ll always do your best job. I brought that philosophy here – I always do the best I can, and the residents are so appreciative. Hilltop is like a family. I’ve had some health issues of my own, and when I came back to work, residents and staff were so genuinely concerned about me.
The downright joy I get from this job is surprising to me. It’s so rewarding. To have a job that brings you this much joy and get paid for it…what more could you ask for? This is my calling.
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