Last week, residents of The Barrington of Carmel retirement community wanted to express their thankfulness in a special way and let the staff members of The Barrington know how much the care and service they provide on a daily basis are appreciated. The Resident Council President Linda Regnier decided one way to do that would be to have a staff appreciation luncheon to honor their service. Residents served the staff members and provided personal written notes of thanks on the dining tables decorated for the occasion to let them know how important they are to The Barrington community.
“Providing this meal was about thanking our staff in a personal and meaningful way,” said Regnier. “The Barrington residents already contribute to an end-of-year Employee Appreciation Gift, a special gratuity fund, and while a gift of money is nice, it is relatively impersonal. It doesn’t really express the warm feelings the residents have toward The Barrington staff. We hope the staff was able to feel truly appreciated from this gesture. They do so much for us to enrich our lives, and for that, we are grateful.”
The luncheon was offered for an extended timeframe through the early afternoon so that all staff members could stop by to participate.
“Everything at The Barrington is always about the residents and making us feel special,” said Regnier. “We wanted to see something that focused directly on the fantastic staff; they deserve to be recognized. We’re thankful to have such terrific staff members who make this new journey into retirement a great one, and often we don’t tell them that enough.”
The lunch buffet consisted of salad and pizza with a variety of soft drinks, root beer floats and cupcakes for dessert. It was so well-received by the surprised and honored staff members that some who were scheduled to be off work that day decided to come in just for the lunch.
“The generous and genuinely kind act of the residents providing a meal for us as staff members was touching, but the written ‘Thank you’ notes were truly heartwarming,” said Troy Cannaday, executive director at The Barrington of Carmel. “It was such a wonderful day at The Barrington for all of us to bond and feel a true sense of community as we affirm one another and feel more like family.”