It takes a Village to care.
With the uncertainty around Covid-19 and how that may impact our residents and team members, Schlegel Villages is drawing on our core values to ensure we continue to achieve our mission of providing optimal health and life purpose for each and every one of our residents during any crisis that may come.
And so, we are reaching out to our Village in hopes you will reach out to yours.
With increasing measures in place to protect the residents who call Schlegel Villages home, as well as our team members who deliver outstanding care and support to our residents, we expect an increasing number of team members will need to self-isolate to protect themselves, their residents and their families; this is a huge burden to our teams and to help carry it, we are building Villages of mighty Care Partners.
Many organizations refer to themselves as a family, but let me explain to you what that looks like at Schlegel Villages.
The Schlegel Family who founded Schlegel Villages still manage day to day operations. Ron still visits his home Village of Winston Park in Kitchener and Jamie, our President and CEO, still undertakes “walk a miles” with our team members, working shifts with our team members so he has a deep understanding of what our teams and residents need. When he walks into a Village, he knows countless team members by name, because he’s known them for years.
Our Chief Operating Officer, Paul, joined Schlegel Villages as a landscaper, and he now oversees operations of the organization. So many of our leaders are Schlegel-grown, which means when one of our Villages needs help, we drop everything to be there, just like when a neighbour or friend needs help.
This is what a Care Partner looks like at Schlegel Villages: the person who grabs a bag of milk for a neighbour who can’t get to the store that day; the person who mows the lawn of that single, working parent; the person who shovels the driveway of the senior couple down the street; the person who offers to walk a sick friends’ kids to school, or drops off homemade frozen meals to the new mom in the neighbourhood or family that’s just suffered the death of a relative.
It looks like that person who smiles and says good morning’; who takes a few minutes to share a cup of tea and conversation with someone who has few, if any, visitors; who sits in the living room of a frail neighbor while they take a shower in case they fall.
It also looks like registered nurses and registered practical nurses, personal support workers and personal care aides, food service workers and cooks, housekeepers and maintenance team members.
It looks like you.
We hire for heart at Schlegel Villages and we train, mentor and support our team members so they can fill their hearts by making a difference in the lives of our residents. Caregiving is hard work; it can be emotionally and physically exhausting, but it can be the most fulfilling work you have ever done.
I encourage you to join our Village of Mighty Care Partners by telling us about yourself using the links below, and ask that you share this post with those people you know who are already Care Partners, but maybe don’t know it yet. If we don’t have a Village in your area, with your permission, we may share your details with our colleagues in other health care organizations because right now, we all need a Village that cares.
Director, People Opportunities, Schlegel Villages