“Heroes Work Here” signs greeted employees in front of all seven communities of The Woodlands, TX-based Avanti Living last week as a way to acknowledge the sacrifices and hard work being contributed by everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s assisted living and memory care communities are located in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.
“You have to be creative, and we’re proud of our people,” Chief Operating Officer Lori Alford told McKnight’s Senior Living. The company also created a Facebook frame that employees can add to their profile photos; it features the words “Proud to Care for Our Seniors!” and the Avanti logo. The signs and Facebook frame are just two visible ways that the company is addressing employee needs.
“Our campaign this whole time has been ‘Our people come first,’ and we’re going to take care of our people,” Alford said. “We’re making sure that childcare isn’t a problem. We’re being flexible with folks where it is a challenge. We’re making sure that our teams know that we find their health important.” Avanti is covering telehealth expenses for all employees, she added.
Also last week, workers at The Fountains of Melbourne, a Kisco Senior Living Community in Melbourne, FL, were greeted with a surprise thank you for all their hard work and dedication on behalf of residents during COVID-19.
Kisco’s corporate wellness and resident relations director, Libbi Hash, worked with her friends to create uplifting signs for associates as they either left the night shift or started the day shift. Before joining the corporate team, Hash worked for 10 years at the Fountains of Melbourne community and knows many of the associates personally.
Signs included messages such as “Not all Heroes wear Capes – some just wear masks,” “Stronger than COVID-19,” “Rock Stars” and “We Appreciate You.”
Independence Hall, an assisted living community in Bowie, TX, also used signage to help show appreciation for nurses and members of the administrative staff, who have taken on the roles such as beautician during this time of limited visitors. “They have done an incredible job of keeping up our residents’ spirits,” Heather Evans said.
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