OK, I need some help here!
As many of you know, I live in an independent senior living community with my mother. I have become the chairperson of our food committee. Today we had a meeting, and the executive director of our community wanted to speak with me in private. She told me that some residents are not only touching our waitstaff inappropriately, but also using vulgar language that is aimed toward them. You name it, N-word, F word, S word, A word, and any other word you can think of.
This was a problem when I first arrived, but it seemed to have gotten better. At that time we were a revolving door for waitstaff personnel. Some of our wonderful waitstaff now are either leaving or about to leave. I certainly don’t blame them!
It’s hard enough to find people that want to work in a senior living community and then to have our residents behave abusively. I wonder if the few people that are doing this, behave this way out in public. Right now I am ashamed that I live here. On Monday we have a resident association meeting. I’m going to have to confront them as a whole. It is only a handful of people that are behaving that way, but I’m hoping that the rest of our residents will make sure the others know that their behavior is inappropriate.
Our executive director has mentioned that she will deal with each individual case. But I am also hoping that others will rise up and take a stand.
Unfortunately, I’ve been around abusive people. And I know that hurt people, hurt people. I know that as we age we have to grieve some of the abilities we are losing. But let’s get real! Why in the world would people abuse the very people that are serving us? It is mind-boggling to me! I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!