Lisa Haglund, Heritage Ministries president and CEO, shared that Hearthstone Communities, a Heritage skilled senior living community in Woodstock, IL, has welcomed their therapy team into the Heritage family of employees.
In past years, the Heritage therapy department had moved into an affiliation with a large outside organization to provide therapy services to their residents, Haglund explained. The therapists, who worked with the contracted organization, have been transitioned to their new positions as Heritage employees. The return to in-house therapy services at Hearthstone allows for a more comprehensive and cohesive approach to therapy. Therapists will now have an increased ability to work with residents to more thoroughly identify individual goals and customize a plan which fosters the greatest level of independence possible in their therapy journey.
She added, “While our residents were able to receive an excellent level of care with our contracted therapy providers, this shift allows us to provide enhanced qualified therapy and rehabilitation services to our residents, while now being able to care greater for our therapy staff as Heritage employees. They have continued to work tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our residents remain healthy and engaged, and now we are able to further care for them through the same initiatives we have worked with other Heritage staff to provide. We are so excited to welcome them ‘home’ to Heritage and Hearthstone.”
Haglund shared that as a part of “Team Heritage,” the therapists are now able to take advantage of several new employee programs designed to both recognize and assist employees during difficult times, including a full array of benefits and services, employee recognition programs, and generous PTO packages.
“The work our employees do each day, including our therapists, is heroic. We recognize that it is important to us that we both celebrate and care for our employees. We share the same love with them that they share with their residents daily. As an organization, we feel both blessed and excited to welcome our therapists as ‘official’ team members.”