Pros: paid time-off, free holiday meals
My work at Watkins Manor was one of the most fulfilling jobs I'd ever had. My tasks included stocking the food cart with refrigerated items to bring upstairs, taking menu orders and carrying them out, responding to any resident requests, and cleaning and sanitizing all the dishes at the end of the meal. I learned how to run the heavy-duty dish washer, where utensils belonged and how to set up the kitchen/dishroom for the morning shift, became familiar with some kitchen equipment, and how to be an effective service worker. I absolutely loved spending time with my co-workers, everyone was friendly, helpful, and happy to be there at Watkins. The most challenging moments were the rushes in-between the first wave of residents and the second. At those times, there were residents coming and going and we had to clear up their places quickly as possible and set the tables again. It was the urgency of those times that I found most overwhelming, although it was manageable. This job provided me with experience servicing the elderly and working in such a happy environment. I looked forward to working with my co-workers and enjoyed visiting with the residents, while also fulfilling their requests to their satisfaction. As a food service worker, I was allowed opportunities to work in a team setting, interact with the residents, and discover my desire to continue working in assisted care.