Our team members are the heart of our community and truly make a difference in the lives of our residents every day!
Cedar Community is now officially a Great Place to Work certified company by Activated Insights, an independent research and consulting firm. The certification process evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job, including employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on team members’ experiences throughout Cedar Community’s many divisions and campus locations.
The results speak for themselves:
70% said it’s a great place to work, compared to 59% of employees at a typical US-based company
87% feel they make a difference
86% said their work has special meaning and it’s not just a job
84% feel a sense of pride
Consider joining our “Great Place to Work” for your career!!
Darcie Heberer, Life Enrichment Therapist, wanted to be a veterinary tech after high school. While meeting with her high school guidance counselor and taking the aptitude test that helps students navigate a career path, she learned she was best suited for something in health care or therapy. She took that to heart and changed the course of her future plans, attending Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton for occupational therapy assistant.
She also wanted to stay close to her home in Lomira. She was very close to her family and didn’t want to go too far away. So, she moved to Appleton and came home often on the weekends. Part of her associate’s degree program was participating in two internships. Her first experience was at an adult daycare center in Beaver Dam, and her second brought her to Cedar Community. While at Cedar Community she was able to experience both geriatric and pediatric populations, as Cedar Community had clinics specializing in pediatrics at that time. “I really enjoyed working with older adults assessing a rehab need, creating a therapy goal, and getting people better than when they first came in,” says Darcie.
Upon graduation, she took a job at a retirement community in Milwaukee with a position that was half occupational therapy and half activities. She found she enjoyed the activity part more, and when a position opened up in 1992 at Cedar Community, she jumped at the opportunity. The job was full time in activities, now known as life enrichment. “When I came back, therapy was short staffed so I also filled in where I could for a couple of years,” says Darcie.
At Cedar Community, Darcie is responsible, along with her life enrichment team, for creating activities based on resident and patient personal interests. A life enrichment team member meets with every new resident and rehab patient to assess and evaluate what they like to do and what keeps them active and interested. “We even work with families learning about resident and patient needs. We also maintain that active line of communication with residents who have lived at Cedar Community for several years to continue to keep them actively engaged and learn if there are new things they would like to try,” says Darcie.
Darcie enjoys the variety of activities and each day is never the same. She likes being able to think on her feet, coming up with creative new ways to engage residents while making their lives more comfortable and enjoyable. “It feels like family here. I was close to my grandparents growing up and losing them was hard. Now I have 30 grandpas and grandmas. My kids grew up at Cedar Community too, visiting with residents and volunteering their time, as well as my husband. One of my kids even worked here,” says Darcie.
“Darcie is extremely creative! She is always coming up with new and exciting programming ideas and is willing to pitch in and help whenever needed. The residents are always her top priority,” says Erin Faust, Resident Experience Director, Life Enrichment.
Darcie doesn’t see herself ever leaving. She feels valued for her ideas and encouraged from fellow team members, while offering enjoyable and engaging opportunities for residents.
Darcie’s team members who nominated her for the award share why they feel she is a great team member: “Darcie goes out of her way to help the residents and their families.” “She has done so much during COVID-19 with our Cedar Community channel for residents to stay engaged.” “Darcie helps wherever she can and is a true team player.”
At Cedar Community, it is our dedicated team’s mission to be a retirement community where individuals live with purpose and dignity. Our employees work with love, integrity, vitality and excellence every day. If you are interested in working at Cedar Community and making a difference every day, please complete the careers application below.
Cedar Community is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran status.
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We offer excellent benefits including:
- Hiring bonuses
- Tuition reimbursement
- Job advancement
- Flexible schedules
- Referral bonuses
- On-site clinic free to team members
- Walking trails to enjoy
- Café and gift shops
- Fitness center
- and much more!