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September 2, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside Recognizes Labor Day by Appreciating Employees

Category: Senior Living

Author: Justin Roach, Business Office Director

Labor Day is often considered to be the unofficial “end of summer” holiday but is actually an effort to recognize American workers. It was first celebrated in New York City in 1882 and signed into law as a legal holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. VITALIA Active Adult Community® at Rockside will be recognizing this 140th year anniversary of Labor Day by proclaiming appreciation to our employees.

As a community, we decided 2022 would be “The Year of the Employee,” and thus focused our business plans on ways to celebrate those individuals who make VITALIA Active Adult Community® at Rockside what it is and allow us to do what we do. We recognize that healthcare and caregiving is a difficult profession at the best of times but adding COVID-19 to the mix amplified the struggle.

And yet, in the face of extreme uncertainty and never seen circumstances, our employees adapted to the constantly changing CDC guidelines, routine testing, personal protective equipment requirements, visitor restrictions, and so much more on a monthly, weekly, or sometimes even daily basis. Throughout it all, our teams remained committed to providing our residents with the best quality of care regardless of what protocols were in place. It was the tenacity of those individuals, their dedication despite the uncertainty, that allowed us to remain #ArrowStrong.

As the Business Office Director, one way I show appreciation to our amazing teams is through a weekly campaign of creative follow ups (CFUs). A CFU is simply a way to show gratitude to an individual or team of employees for the work they do. This past year, my favorite was Nurses Week. It was my favorite because it allowed us the opportunity for our residents who were nurses to pass the torch to our current nurses. It showed the unity, passion, the care, and the overall love of the position itself. Being selfless before selfish is not a trait many people carry. I’m very proud to say that we at Rockside have the privilege of working with a few of the ones who are selfless first. They truly help make us who we are. Knowing that your efforts are being seen, that you as a person are seen, increases loyalty, productivity levels, and even motivation. 

To conclude, in honor of Labor Day, September 5th, 2022, VITALIA Active Adult Community® at Rockside wants to thank our employees, and we sincerely hope each of them can feel it. Without our teams, we wouldn’t be Arrow Strong. 

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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