Programming Coordinator, Bellevue Retirement Community
Today’s featured nominee was not only recognized for having a heart of caring, but also a “heart of gold” that sets her apart on a daily basis. Meet Renee Benson, a programming coordinator at Bellevue Retirement Community with a commitment to caring for residents as though they were her own grandparents.
“We truly could not say enough about Renee and her tremendously big heart.” “Renee is like the energizer bunny – she keeps moving even on the though days when it isn’t easy because you’re having a bad day. We feel she has earned the respect of residents and staff and continues to prove herself daily.”
Renee’s care and compassion extends not only to the residents she cares for, but also to her staff team. After several years on the Bellevue staff team, Renee has served in multiple departments, offering her a unique opportunity to support all her team mates with a positive spirit that regularly inspires her peers.
“She often wears many hats and always has a positive attitude while doing so. Renee is also very team-oriented and switches her schedule around to help out her co-workers even if it’s not in her department.” “Renee’s strength truly motivates the rest of the staff in every department. She displays to other the ability to encourage residents to join multiple activities that they otherwise might not have joined.”
In her current programming role, Renee thrives on her interactions with residents, selflessly scheduling and executing activities that truly enrich their lives and bringing a level of excitement and enthusiasm that generates participation and community growth at Bellevue. From breathing life into calling Bingo to hosting .comseniors classes to connect residents with great-grandchildren they’d previously never met, Renee goes out of her way to meet resident needs – even if it’s on her day off.
“An outing to visit the planetarium had been scheduled on a weekend and one of the vehicles that was being used to transport residents had an issue. Renee just so happened to be in the gas station that we had pulled into; [she was] just running in to get milk because she was out at home. After explaining what had happened, Renee’s response was ‘Give me 15 minutes to run home and change.’ Renee returned and took the residents to the planetarium as scheduled. Renee gave up her day off in a few seconds to make sure the residents didn’t miss an opportunity to spend an afternoon out and about.”
Thank you for your commitment to caring for our residents, Renee. Your heart of caring shines through in all you do, and we are excited to congratulate you on this well-deserved nomination.
This spotlight is part of Senior Lifestyle’s 100 Days of Heart of Caring series featuring nominees from our 170+ communities across the country. All nominations are anonymous. Our nominees represent the backbone of our commitment to our core values: Caring, Honesty, Appreciation, Respect and Teamwork; without them, we could never fulfill our goal of providing best-in-class care to every one of our residents. Join us as we celebrate these caring, passionate individuals and their commitment to our residents.