April 14, 2023

The Kentridge Senior Living Executive Director Shares How She Got Her Start in Senior Living

Category: Senior Living

Author: Kellie McElhiney, Executive Director

Senior living has certainly changed over the past decade. An industry that once provided very little hands-on care has blossomed into a wonderful option for older adults. It now provides varying levels of assistance with residents’ activities of daily living, while arranging many opportunities for socialization and community. I am fortunate to work for Arrow Senior Living leading The Kentridge Senior Living team. I would like to share a little about my journey to becoming a senior living leader.

I was a State Tested Nursing Assistant for the company LTC in the mid 90s-2000, then I became a Licensed Practical Nurse. I went back to college and received both an undergrad and master’s degree but continued to work as a nurse until I found professional development in my current field. I was asked to fill in as the interim Executive Director, then nine months later was promoted to Executive Director of The Kentridge.

My passion of caring for people during a vulnerable time in their life and making sure I defend their rights and their dignity, is what keeps me in senior living. Arrow Senior Living’s core values spoke to me, and I believe in them. I like that Arrow celebrates new ideas and has flexibility.

In the coming months and years, I see our industry growing in reputation, in occupancy, and as a leader in employee relationships. Someone considering a career in senior living management should know it’s a passionate job with relentless hours of hard work, tears, and sweat; however, it’s worth every minute of it, because it’s the only job you’ll ever love this much.

Arrow Senior Living and I invite you to reach out and learn more about a career in senior living. Working in this industry can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Whether you’re interested in caregiving, management, or another aspect of senior living, there are a wide variety of roles available that allow you to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults and their families.

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, 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 University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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