A high school senior, Michael Burt works part time at Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham as a dietary aide. This means he helps make the most of our residents’ dining experience. He serves them dinner as he catches up with them about their day, gets them anything they need and helps keep the dining room and kitchen in tip-top shape. But like so many members of our team, Michael is always ready and willing to help out wherever it’s needed and enjoys connecting with residents on a personal level.
Also like many of our team members, Michael has been with our community from the beginning, highlighting the passion and commitment each and every staff member has for our residents – from our part-time high school employees all the way up to our directors.
Michael says his favorite part about working at Bridges is the opportunity to interact with the residents, each of whom has their own, unique story. Particularly in a memory care community, the daily pace is fast and unpredictable, something that appeals to the ambitious teen.
“Every day there’s a different experience. I never wanted a job that’s the same every day. Here, there’s always a different story, and interacting with the residents always has so many possibilities. It’s always a new challenge, a new learning experience,” Michael said.
When asked what working with people with memory impairment has taught him, Michael said, “My patience has improved a lot. It’s helped me look at situations from different angles – seeing things from their perspective and not just mine.”
At Bridges, we’re happy that we’re helping the younger generation develop a greater understanding of memory impairment and sympathy for individuals and families coping with it. Seeing the compassion and commitment of our young workers at Bridges, we know the next generation of leaders in memory care will be exceptional.
After Michael graduates high school in spring 2015, he plans to get a business degree. An avid skier, he hopes to move west for college. We know Michael will be a great leader someday, and we’re lucky to count him as part of our team.