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April 14, 2023

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

Category: Senior Living

Author: Courtney Darby, 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 Castlewood Senior Living team. I would like to share a little about my journey to becoming a senior living leader.

In my beginning days of health care, I did acute care in hospital settings and struggled with the short-term interactions. I would grow attached to most of the patients in the three to five short days, but then never see them again. When I started long term care, I loved the ability to grow a relationship and provide daily care for the same residents.

I find senior living rewarding, being able to be an advocate for residents and/or their families during their time of need. I also love being able to provide care for the residents, the service makes their days easier and more successful.

Arrow Senior Living is a great company. The measures in place for employees and residents to assure a safe place, no matter their background, are impressive.

I’m concerned the health care industry will have trouble in the coming months and years. Places like hospitals and skilled facilities will have to find a way to keep employees to provide adequate care, which is in high demand. I believe Arrow will continue to grow. The staff and residents want this type of environment where employees are treated well and have the opportunity for growth, which provides residents with a fun home and great care!

If someone is considering a career in senior living management, I would tell them, you either have the heart or you don’t. It’s okay if a person does not love senior living. It is not a position you can be forced into or you can take lightly, we want people with the genuine heart for this type of work.

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 Castlewood Senior Living in Nixa, MO 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 Cox Medical Center South and with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Fremont Hills Country Club, Fountain Plaza, Smallin Civil War Cave, 160 Grand Prix Amusement Center, and the 4 X 4 Brewery-Fremont.

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