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April 14, 2023

The Vitalia Active Adult Community – Montrose Managing Director of Culinary Operations Shares How He Got His Start in Senior Living

Category: Senior Living

Author: John McAninch, Managing Director of Culinary Operations

Senior living has certainly changed over the past decade. An industry that once provided very little hands-on care has blossomed into a wonderful option for older adults. It now provides varying levels of assistance with residents’ activities of daily living, while arranging many opportunities for socialization and community. I am fortunate to work for Arrow Senior Living leading the Vitalia Active Adult Community – Montrose team. I would like to share a little about my journey to becoming a senior living leader.

I was working as an Executive Chef at a local restaurant when approached by an Executive Director of an assisted living community. She asked if I had ever considered working in senior living. At that time, senior living was not even a thought I had in mind for a career path. I took a chance, and now almost 20 years later, it was one to the best decisions I have made.

I continue to stay in senior living because of the relations I have made over the years, with both the residents and their families. I want to continue supporting seniors with being as independent as possible. Arrow Senior Living provides a culture that offers their employees and residents the ability to feel included and part of the solution.

In the coming months and years, I feel the industry is going to have a major change in the thought process of what has worked and what won’t work moving forward. Technology will play a big role in the services provided.

If someone is considering a career in senior living management, I say, take a chance, it is one to the most rewarding careers they could experience.

Arrow Senior Living and I invite you to reach out and learn more about a career in senior living. Working in this industry can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Whether you’re interested in caregiving, management, or another aspect of senior living, there are a wide variety of roles available that allow you to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults and their families.

VITALIA® Montrose in Copley, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mud Run Golf Course and Driving Range, Summit Mall, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Park, Stan Hywet, and Hale Farm.

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