Laura Stewart joined the team at Brightview Perry Hall in 2014 after a nursing career working in acute and emergency care in hospitals. Switching to the senior living industry was an opportunity for Laura to work in a less stressful environment and focus more on developing relationships.
At Brightview Perry Hall, Laura’s favorite part of the day is visiting with the residents. She loves having conversations about their families, and they are equally interested in her life as well. Every day looks a little different, but developing those close relationships is the most rewarding part of Laura’s career.
When talking to residents, Laura says the number one thing she hears is residents wish they moved into the community sooner than they had. She enjoys seeing families make connections as residents move into the community – some worked together at Bethlehem Steel, or their children went to the same school.
Get to know more about Laura and her work at Brightview Perry Hall:
- What do you like to do outside of work? I’m busy being a mom and chauffeur to two sons. It takes up all my time between wrestling, lacrosse, football, soccer, and driving to school, but I wouldn’t change it!
- What is one of your favorite Brightview Perry Hall memories? My most recent favorite memory was our signature holiday dinner. It was our first bigger party since the pandemic started, and every resident could invite two guests. Our chef and dining team prepared an amazing dinner of lobster and filet. Everyone could take their masks off, enjoy a good meal and wine, and socialize together for the holidays. I won’t ever forget the warmth and happiness on everyone’s faces.
- What drives your passion for making Brightview Perry Hall a great place to work and live? We are a family, and you can feel it when you walk in the doors. I love utilizing my nursing skills to ensure I’m getting resources to our residents and keeping them in their homes. I help residents in all neighborhoods take advantage of the different resources that help them stay as independent as possible.
- What is your advice for seniors interested in independent senior living? The best way to understand what it means is to come and experience it for yourself. See the activities, visit our apartment homes to see what we can offer, get to know and talk to our residents, and have a meal or a drink at happy hour. It’s truly the only way to know what it will be like and the benefits of living in Brightview Perry Hall’s independent senior living.
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