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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

In all that we've been through over these last months, March 2020 seems like a distant memory. It was at that time we introduced many restrictions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our communities. Over one weekend (I will never forget), we put together a COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team to deal with the myriad of changes and precautions that needed to happen immediately. We closed our communities to all visitors and halted the movement of residents and staff between our different styles of living. In short, we changed every aspect of the way we've worked so hard to perfect the delivery of services to the residents living in our communities. We closed dining venues and our hair salon, we canceled group events and activities, we discouraged travel for vacation and we re-directed our housekeeping and maintenance services to focus on frequent deep disinfecting and sanitizing of high touch surfaces.

Overnight we developed our own grocery shopping and delivery service for residents, we invested substantially in PPE and in the installation of isolation materials and equipment to construct isolation areas for safety precautions. We conducted exercise classes in hallways outside of resident apartments and we delivered happy hour fun, games and refreshments to our residents living in our cottage community. We also invested in a lot of new technology to bring employee team meetings online and allow those who could work remotely from home to do so. And we restricted access to our community to one designated area where screening of all employees for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure is completed before any team member can enter our buildings to work.

Thankfully, our vigilance and early implementation of restrictions at both of our communities paid off. While there has been a lot of negative national publicity about nursing homes throughout the country where COVID-19 has spread like wildfire, we've been doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus in our communities. We've had minimal cases of employees and residents in residential living and personal care test positive for the virus. And we are so grateful that we've had no cases of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable population of residents who live in our nursing home. And that isn't the result of good luck, good fortune or happenstance…it's the result of a dedicated team of professionals working together towards one common goal…to protect the health and safety of our residents who we care about deeply.

As we entered the month of May, we quickly realized this pandemic wasn't going to be resolved anytime soon. That meant we needed to begin planning for how we were going to create a "new normal" at Morningstar Living. To make that happen, the COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team evolved into what we call our "New Normal Transition Team" (NNTT). This team works together every week to develop, implement and communicate detailed plans to move our communities forward again, toward some semblance of a "new normal." One of the most beneficial aspects of living your life in a community is the ability to socialize, engage and be connected with others. And this virus was forcing us to keep residents from doing this. Additionally, residents could not see family members and friends for months, and this was really hard on them. And so, in May for Mother's Day, and then again in June, for Father's Day, we planned and orchestrated "drive-by" visitation parades of cars with family members and friends for our residents.

As we enter the final months of summer 2020, the NNTT is no longer thinking about "post-COVID-19." Instead, this team is now focused on developing ways to adapt our operations to living safely with the threat of COVID-19 until there is a vaccine or other treatment. We've already developed and implemented a phased strategy for re-starting services and re-opening various amenities at our communities. And as we continue to follow the recommendations and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the PA Department of Health (DOH), the NNTT has developed and communicated safe, limited and cautious in-person visitation policies and procedures for resident visitation. A strict masking policy is in place. We continue to screen visitors, staff and residents for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure. We've re-purposed some of our office space for designated visitation areas where physical distancing can be achieved. And we continue deep cleaning and sanitization of all touch spaces. And what a joy it has been seeing our residents reunited with their loved ones again!

In spite of all of the fear and negativity surrounding this pandemic, I've had the unexpected joy of witnessing the very best of humanity at work. Residents and their families have extended so much support and patience to us as we put some very restrictive plans into place. And employees have put their own fears aside and showed up for work, placing their concern for our residents ahead of their own families. We have a banner on the front of our administration building that reads: "Heroes Work Here." And that is truly an understatement. And it is truly evidence of the commitment and dedication to the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living…

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Morningstar Living - Current Openings

Current Openings

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Clerical Assistant Part Time – Flexible hours between 4pm to 8pm.  Performs clerical, communication, and receptionist activities within the nursing department.  Must have high school diploma, basic computer skills, and excellent customer service skills. Click Here to Apply

DINING SERVICES

Wait Staff Full-Time – Variable hours between 7am and 7:15pm including an every other weekend and holiday requirement.  Successful candidate will be well organized, flexible, energetic and exhibit excellent customer service in our Personal Care dining room.  Click Here to Apply

Special Affairs Wait Staff – Variable day shift hours between 8am and 4pm, 12 hours per week with potential for more hours depended upon employees availability.  Some weekends and holidays are required.   Must have excellent customer service skills and be able to interact well with elderly residents, staff, and all customers.  Prior experience in restaurants or contract food service operations is desirable.  Click Here to Apply

Wait Staff Part-time – Variable hours dependent upon job area.  Weekday hours between 4pm and 8pm and weekend hours from 7:30am to 8pm.   Click Here to Apply

Dishwasher/Utility Part-time – 3 days per week, with hours between 4:30pm to 8pm.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for washing dishes using a dish machine, washing pots and pans, garbage, recycling, and assisting with overall cleanliness of the work areas. Click Here to Apply

PERSONAL CARE

Personal Care Administrator – This is a full time salaried opportunity.  The Personal Care Administrator is responsible for the services provided in our personal care and memory support personal care areas.  Insures quality of care through established standards, policies, and procedures while adhering to the community’s mission, vision, and values.  Must have a current PA Personal Care Administrator license, a minimum of 2 year’s experience, and bachelor’s degree or be a graduate of an accredited nursing program.  RN or LPN is preferred.  Click Here to Apply

LPN Part-Time – Day shift (6:30am – 3pm) every other weekend only.  Must have current PA LPN licensure in good standing and at least one year of LPN Supervisor experience. Click Here to Apply

LPN Part-time – Evening shift 2:30pm to 11pm, every other weekend plus one shift per week.  Includes an every other holiday requirement. Must have current PA LPN license in good standing.  Current CPR certification is preferred.  Click Here to Apply 

CNA/PCA Part-time – Evening shift 2:30pm to 11pm, 32 hours bi-weekly.  Schedule includes an every other weekend and holiday commitment.    Must have prior experience working in personal care or skilled nursing.  Must have prior experience with memory support care.   Current CPR certification is preferred and CNA certification a plus! Click Here to Apply

CNA/PCA Per Diem–  Minimum 2 shifts per month, one which must be a weekend shift.  One Spring/Summer and one Fall/Winter holiday is required.   Must have prior experience working in personal care or skilled nursing.  Current CPR certification is preferred and CNA certification a plus! Click Here to Apply

Dining Services Support / Relief Homemaker Part-time – Day  shift (10:30am to 7pm) 32 hours bi-weekly includes every other weekend and holiday commitment.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for the preparation of meals and snacks, involving residents in kitchen related activities, and kitchen sanitation in our Memory Support household. This exciting role has high resident involvement.  Dining service experience and the ability to interact with residents is required for consideration for this position. Experience in an Alzheimer’s/Dementia care environment is preferred.   Certification in safe food handling is a plus!  Click Here to Apply

Dining Services Support / Homemaker Part-time – Day  shift (7:30am to 4pm) 32 hours bi-weekly includes every other weekend and holiday commitment.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for the preparation of meals and snacks, involving residents in kitchen related activities, kitchen sanitation, and housekeeping in our Memory Support household. This exciting role has high resident involvement.  Dining service experience and the ability to interact with residents is required for consideration for this position. Experience in an Alzheimer’s/Dementia care environment is preferred.   Certification in safe food handling is a plus!  Click Here to Apply

SKILLED NURSING

RN Supervisor Per Diem – Night shift (10:30pm to 7am).  Must work a minimum of 2 shifts per month and one spring/summer and one fall/winter holiday.  PA RN license in good standing is required.  Must have a minimum of 1 year experience as an RN supervisor in a Long Term Care community.  Click Here to Apply

CNA Part-time -Day shift (6:30am to 3pm) Every other weekend only.  Includes an every other holiday commitment. Must have current PA CNA certification.  Click Here to Apply

CNA Full-time -Evening shift (2:30pm to 11pm)  72 hours bi-weekly.  Includes an every other weekend and holiday commitment. Must have current PA CNA certification.  Click Here to Apply

CNA Part-time -Evening shift (2:30pm to 11pm) Every other weekend only.  Includes an every other holiday commitment. Must have current PA CNA certification.  Click Here to Apply

CNA Part-time -Night shift (11:30pm to 7am) 32 hours bi-weekly and includes an every other weekend and holiday commitment. Must have current PA CNA certification.  Click Here to Apply

CNA PRN -Evening shift (2:30pm to 11pm) Minimum 2 shift per month, one spring/summer one fall/winter commitment.  Must have current PA CNA certification.  Click Here to Apply

SUPPORT SERVICES

Floor Care Technician Part-time – 35 hours per week with hours from 4pm to 10pm.  Responsible for overall floor maintenance of hard surfaces and carpeting.  Must have high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 2 years of experience in floor care maintenance. Click Here to Apply

Housekeeping Full-time – Day shift hours between 6:30am and 3pm with an every other weekend and rotating holiday requirement.  Click Here to Apply

CDL Driver Part-time – Variable day and evening hours, 3 hours per shift, including some weekends and holidays.  Successful candidate will drive and remain with residents during medical and community wide recreational trips.  Must possess minimum of Class “C” Passenger Endorsement.  Click Here to Apply

 

 

Caregivers – Seeking caregivers who are committed to the highest level of reliability, integrity, and dependability and who are looking for flexible work hours and independence. The non-medical home services provided are personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, medication reminders, escort to appointments, and companionship.  Ideal candidate would have a CNA or equivalent certification or who would be willing to take a competency test in the office.  2 years of experience in home care or elder care preferred.  Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance and be able to work flexible hours. Click Here to Apply