At Harrogate, we get paid time and time again by our residents, who show us that working with seniors and hearing their stories is far more meaningful than receiving a salary. We’re lucky to have kind and caring residents who show us how fun and active retirement can be.
Last month, Harrogate was invited to attend the annual LeadingAge conference in Nashville, where leaders in senior services met to discuss the future of the industry. Executive Director Don Johansen attended, and was so inspired by his experience that he shared it with everyone at Harrogate.
During a general session, LeadingAge and a major business partner Sodexo announced a new and unique way to remind all conference attendees why we do what we do every day. Because this year’s conference was in Nashville, a tribute to senior retirees in the form of a song seemed quite appropriate. The project was put together by local singer-songwriter Lionel Cartwright, and the lyrics were chosen from those who work in the field of senior living. The song, “The Way We Get Paid,” tells the story of why we love and value our careers in senior care so much.
The lyrics included stories about residents, including one who received his diploma at 80; a great-grandmother sharing her parenting skills with a younger generation; and a pilot who still takes to the skies.
Here at Harrogate, we understand and share this same passion for helping seniors thrive in retirement. Whether it’s regular social outings, a dog park or a special family recipe, we make sure our residents have access to exactly what they need to have the retirement they desire.
Listen to the song and let us know what you think!