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Bobbi Bradford, EOO, stands with Madison Folmar, MAP graduate.

IntegraCare of Pittsburgh, PA, which aspires to create a sense of purpose for its staff and foster their growth, graduated its inaugural employee advancement program class.

Providing motivation, new skills and salary raises for its employees are part of the senior living community’s Motivational Advancement Program

“This innovative program provides a sense of self-worth and it empowers our team members to reach beyond their normal actions and become experts in the field,” said Butch Cassiday, IntegraCare director of talent acquisition and development.

Available to both full- and part-time employees, MAP is made up of both two and three-level programs. For full-time workers, each of these program options give them the chance to earn an additional $7,280 to $10,400. Part-time employees (who work fewer than 20 hours a week) have an opportunity to earn increased compensation at approximately half of what full-time staff members are offered.

The program’s training cycles include one-on-one mentoring, peer support, textbook and online instruction, demonstrations and “return demonstrations” to prove that the course participant understood and can perform that task. 

The MAP class of 2022 first gathered together in February 2021. Each training cycle includes no more than 50 participants, chosen from each of IntegraCare’s communities. To apply, team members are nominated by a peer or supervisor.  

Jessica Leonard, the first applicant in her community, spoke positively about her experience in the program. 

“I always want to learn new things and get in deeper with IntegraCare as a company and learn the ins and outs of the business,” said Leonard, LifeStages associate at Newhaven Court at Clearview in Butler, PA.

Leonard said she also enjoyed learning about the different domains of wellness required for resident activities, including spiritual and supportive support for residents. 

Cassiday voiced his confidence about the next class.

“A strong foundation has been set,” Cassiday said. “I am looking forward to welcoming new participants to the program and welcoming previous graduates who want to continue to grow themselves to the next level.”

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