A Resident Assistant on the night shift at The Courtyard assisted living
facility, Karen Battaglia doesn't really "spy" on people.
But she does monitor her patients closely, checking on them frequently
during the night.
"There's no such thing as a 'typical night' for us,"
Karen says. "No two shifts are ever the same. It all depends on the
level of care our patients need on any given night. Things can get hectic
at times, but it's great to feel we are making a difference for our
With the encouragement of friends who worked there, Karen joined the staff
at The Courtyard almost 10 years ago, after working in another facility
and caring for people in their homes for 25 years. "Knowing how much
I enjoyed working with older people, my friends kept telling me how wonderful
The Courtyard was - and it truly is a wonderful place to work," she
notes. "Fremont-Rideout is a good organization to work for. The administrator
for our facility always acknowledges our hard work and makes us feel appreciated.
The people on the staff are all very helpful and encouraging. I keep learning
new things every day."
A self-described "people person," Karen has always gone out of
her way to help others. "Over the years, there have been several
times when I sort of 'adopted' older people who were alone, bringing
them to my home for various holidays," she explains. "I'm
committed to my patients at The Courtyard, too. I can't leave the
job after finishing my shift without thinking about my patients."
Karen's concern for her patients has even found its way into one of
her favorite pastimes outside of work - yard sales. "I love to go
'treasure hunting' on weekends," she says, "and I'm
always finding things for my patients."
What else does she do in her spare time? "I love to spend time with
my 18-year-old daughter and 21-year-old son," she answers. "They
are the pride and joy of my life."