★★★★★ 6 months ago
I worked here for almost 7 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I received my Batchelor's Degree in Behavoiral Science while working at The Evergreens.
From a staff member's point of view, the politics were overwhelming obvious and mostly never in your favor, at least not mine and a few others I knew that attempted to advance. I was a CNA for almost 10 years total, and I really wanted to continue working with the elderly but not as a CNA. I wanted to put my student loan debts to work! I applied and inquired about numerous positions that had opened up throughout the last few years I was working there, but would always hire that person internally that rubbed elbows with management more, even if they had no experience or a degree. As a CNA I only worked weekends.
My immediate supervisor, Chris Director Of Nursing, still stands to be one of the worst bosses I've ever had. His intimidation factor was through the roof! I considered myself a CNA who went above and beyond for residents, but it didn't matter what I did because it was always walking on egg shells when he was around. He never smiled or gave positive feedback to anybody. It seemed like he looked down on the CNAs, and some of the nurses, it was clear what nurses he liked. Chris's son also worked there, from dining department to activities. Some of the dining staff would complain to other staff and myself about Chris Jr, why he got days off on little notice, extended vacations, etc. Hello, because his dad is DON! Chris Jr will most likely become the next DON regardless of his test scores!
The Evergreens would solicit to residents by using a breast cancer walk to raise money. It started when a the Administrator staff died of breast cancer. But when I got lung cancer and had two-thirds of my right lung removed, I didn't even get a card. By the way, that Administrator person who died of breast cancer was as cold as ice. I remember seeing her many times when I first start working, and she refused to introduce herself, even if she was talking to a resident right next to me. And very intimidating as well!
Since leaving my CNA position at The Evergreens about 5 years ago, I moved to Massachusetts and have worked in group homes for adults with mental illness & substance abuse, I was a program coordinator for a 16 bed supportive housing program for homeless women with substance abuse, and currently I'm working as a case manager for a home care program working again with the elderly. I finally left The Evergreens 3 years after getting my degree, because I wasn't given a chance. Terrible place to work if you don't rub elbows with the right people!!
★★★★★ 2 years ago
My wife and I made the decision to come to The Evergreens when her Alzheimer's disease had progressed to the point where it was no longer practical for us to remain in our home. We have been here for just about a year, and during that time we have become part of a community of caring people, both residents and staff. I have been astonished by the quality of life and the responsiveness of the management, not just to our needs, but to the needs of every resident.
Two months ago, when it became apparent that my wife needed more support than could be achieved in our apartment, the staff organized a smooth transition for her into assisted living. I remain in the apartment, but I am able to be with her as often as both of us want, and I have the peace of mind of knowing that she is receiving the round-the-clock support and assistance she now needs. There are a range and variety of activities for her, and her life is fuller than it has been in several years. This gives me and our kids real peace of mind.
Life here is good. The food great. There is a significant variety - five regular entrees and three special entrees at dinner each evening. If I don't feel like eating in the dining room, I can get a full take out meal, or I can eat a la carte at the less formal Atrium Cafe, either eat-in or take out. Both of us eat well and dining charges are quite reasonable.
There are trips, special events, concerts, and all manner of programs, going on here all the time. I happen to like to garden and have been warmly welcomed into the community's garden group. I never had access to a greenhouse until coming here, and this spring has been an adventure in growing things from seed, like tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, herbs and lots of different flowers. I am writing this in mid-May, and all of us gardeners are looking forward eagerly to seeing the results of our efforts as the summer progresses.
I could go on, but I think the point has been made. I am very happy to be here. At the same time, now that my wife is being well cared for, I have been able to resume activities that I was forced to curtail when she became ill. I come and go as I please. I see old friends regularly and can again attend meetings of organizations that I have been part of for many years.
All the terms and conditions governing life here are spelled out in the very specific agreement that each resident signs before coming here. The marketing staff was clear in explaining the contract as we were making our decision to come here, and I had our attorney review the document before signing. There have been no "surprise extras."
Very important to us is that we have the security of knowing that when we need it, there is a superb medical staff on the premises - a full-time board certified gerontologist-physician, a staff of round-the-clock RNs, and lots of health care workers. Probably most important though is that we are guaranteed that we will get whatever assisted living or skilled nursing care we may need when we need it right here at The Evergreens surrounded by people whom we know and who care about us -- no getting shipped off to a strange place.
Finally, a number of my friends who are still in their own homes have expressed concern about the cost of coming here. I had concerns about finances myself, but I have been pleasantly surprised to find that when I look at the expenses for the two of us living here and compare them with the expenses of being in our own home (taxes, insurance, utilities, food, maintenance, grass cutting, snow removal, etc., etc.) the cost differential is only a little over $1,000 a month.
That $1,000 is buying us security, comfort, and a sense of well being that is unlike anything I have experienced in my adult life. It is worth every penny.
For people like us who are over 70 and starting to feel it, The Evergreens is a great place to be.