Working for The Kensington Sierra Madre means you’ll work toward improving your future as well as the future of our residents.
When looking at jobs and industries across the country, many people worry about the long-term prospects of employment. If you choose an industry that won’t be around in ten years, that experience likely won’t be as valuable.
But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States will experience significant growth in its older population over the next three decades. They estimate that this demographic will increase between 2012 and 2050 from 43.1 million to 83.7 million—almost doubling.
Baby boomers started turning 65 back in 2011, and most will be over the age of 85 by 2050. This means the need for experienced and skilled caregivers for our aging population will continue to be in great demand for many years.
Career-building at The Kensington Sierra Madre
As part of our drive to find new team members, The Kensington Sierra Madre was proud to present a career-building event hosted by Dr. James Rouse, Career Coach, on Oct. 4th.
Dr. Rouse is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded four companies and has consulted for some of the biggest corporations in America, like Google. His inspirational methods have helped leaders and young professionals to become more successful and realize their career potential.
Participants in the Zoom event responded in an overwhelmingly positive way. Those who attended said they learned many things about how a healthy work environment helps cultivate a meaningful career that is both satisfying and impactful.
Part of the event showcased Kensington Senior Living Team members, including Elias Alicea, a Brain Wellness Coordinator who works at our Kensington Park facility.
Elias’ years of experience at Kensington Park and working with seniors to improve and maintain their cognitive health began with a position in dining. With further education and training—in tandem with guidance and support from management at Kensington Park—Elias’ career is going better than ever.
The core values of Kensington Senior Living
When new members join our team, all team members get a first-hand look at the core values of our facilities and what they mean to our residents. Kensington Senior Living’s core values include:
- Love for our seniors
- Respect for each other
- A positive spirit to serve
- And a passion for excellence
Another guest speaker at the event, Senior Lead Care Partner Flona Patten has worked at The Kensington White Plains since 2013. Her team often remarks on how she embodies these core values in her everyday activities.
As a result, Flona quickly rose from her entry position as a Care Partner to a Lead Care Partner in less than a year.
What is it like to work for Kensington Senior Living?
Flona perhaps puts it best: “Live the values of The Kensington,” she says, “and your job will be well done here.”
Kyle Frank, an Assisted Living Supervisor at The Kensington Falls Church, began his career as a care partner within Memory Care in 2019. During the height of COVID-19, Kyle was promoted to supervisor and rose to the many challenges of the pandemic with flying colors.
Since then, he has recently transferred to our assisted living dept., where his leadership skills have grown even more. “My residents have become a lot like friends and family to me,” Kyle says, “as I have built close working relationships with them.”
Kyle also looks upon many of our residents as role models, saying they continue to “amaze and inspire” through their years of experience and knowledge.
The benefits of a career in senior living
Many job seekers think of a “real job” as working in a cubicle or office environment. But working in an assisted living community can provide tangible experiences directly affecting your well-being and quality of life along with our residents.
The hands-on skills you develop as our team member can be invaluable to help you advance as well. Assisted living communities can provide different experiences and help you see life through the eyes of a wide range of different people.
You can also:
- Learn accuracy and attention to detail skills while completing assigned tasks with established care policies and procedures.
- Help develop time management skills as you work through different residents’ schedules.
- Improve teamwork and communication skills with a diverse group of team members, residents, and families.
- Become familiar with social services and different aspects of medical fields, which can be utilized in these developing industries.
But the most significant benefit to a career in senior living involves the connections you can make with people. Most jobs don’t provide the sort of close human contact you can find in senior living communities. Many team members consider their workplace to be a second home.
This sort of connection comes through:
- Assisting residents by providing for their physical and emotional needs.
- Making friends in our close-knit community where residents play, rest, dine, and enjoy the best of life together.
- Developing your empathy and compassion attributes as you work alongside residents who are transitioning to a new stage of life, along with their family members and loved ones.
- Drawing upon lifetimes of values, perspectives, and histories from different generations and cultures.
The Kensington Sierra Madre—Our Promise
One of the main reasons Kensington Senior Living communities have achieved success is the adherence to Our Promise.
Every Kensington team member’s promise is to care for the residents within our communities as if they were our own family members. Through this commitment, many team members find greater meaning and a sense of purpose in their daily routines.
Beyond the assurances and peace of mind that families can experience by seeing their loved ones cared for so well, the Kensington Promise enables all of us to make a real difference in the lives of others.
Kensington Senior Living—partners in caregiving
Are you looking for a new employment opportunity with heart?
Then why not follow your heart and explore a career with the potential for long-term growth and the ability to make a significant difference?
At The Kensington Sierra Madre, our team members are a family that shares a love for seniors and a driving passion for caring for others. We make a point to recognize the individual strengths and talents of everyone, working together to achieve your career goals.
We have several different departments you can excel in, including:
- Life Enrichment
- Care and nursing teams
- Dining services
- Sales, marketing, and outreach
- Environmental and housekeeping teams
Reach out to us and see where you might best fit into our community. We live up to our promise to our residents—and apply the same promise to love and care for our team members as well.