Staff members in rehabilitation centers, long-term facilities, independent/assisted living, and memory care buildings are hard-working for low pay. Here are a few ways to reward them:
The communities have policies that prohibit giving money or gifts to individual workers. There is usually a pool of cash collected and distributed equally to each employee at Christmas. Donating to this reward program might allow an aide to buy one more present for their child or contribute to their rent. Be generous for these dedicated employees.
That does not mean that year around you could not bring in a party plate of fruit or cookies placed in the staff lunchroom. I would put a little tag on toothpicks in the food with “Thank you for taking such good care of me, Bob Owen.” It did not take a genius to know it was from me since I flew in 3-4 times per year. This small effort was appreciated because no one else ever thought of expressing his or her thanks in a tiny way.
The last idea is to place a candy jar in the senior’s room with note, “Hello staff! Thank you for all that you do for me. Please enjoy a piece of candy while we visit. Smiles, June.” The purpose is for the staff to eagerly assist your parent. At first, you will need to fill the jar frequently. Your senior will be one of the staff’s favorite residents.