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Karen Battaglia Calls Herself the 'Nighttime Spy'

Karen Battaglia

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 patients."

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."