A team effort
Here’s how the process works: staff members at each Atria community in the United States and Canada fill out nominations on behalf of their coworkers. Some of the workplace contributions that qualify employees for nomination include creating special moments in a resident’s day, maintaining a positive attitude and innovating resident activities.
After that, a volunteer committee of their peers reviews those nominations. In June, the committee received nearly 800; in July, that number rose to 1,400. Let’s meet a few of the winners.
There’s Janine at Atria Hertlin Place in New York, who spends her personal time baking sugar-free desserts for diabetic residents.
Shavonna, an employee at Atria Tinton Falls in New Jersey, received the appreciation of a resident’s family for making sure the resident’s fridge was always stocked with her favorite beverage during quarantine.
At Atria La Jolla in San Diego, Engage Life Program Instructor Lily set up a distance-learning history class with a resident who survived the Holocaust. The students have remained in contact with the resident since then, first as pen pals and, later, as members of the resident’s 97th birthday party parade, arranged by Lily and also attended by the teacher and the resident’s family.
The Atria family is thankful for the recipients of the Above and Beyond awards as well as every staff member who works to ensure residents are safe during these times. We couldn’t be prouder of Team Atria.