Laura Shortt…one of the first people I met in this industry and was immediately drawn to her infectious positivity and passion for life and helping people.
Laura is Executive Director at The Cascades, a small, intimate, homelike residence consisting of 42 apartments where one feels an immediate sense of belonging and of coming home. At the Cascades, their residents receive an unparalleled level of service and amenities that provide a sense of personal security and peace of mind.
What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
You’ve been in this industry for a long time, what brought you here, what keeps you motivated?
Taking care of a 58 year old mother diagnosed with dementia for 10 years in my home. What keeps me motivated is making a difference in the lives of the elderly.
How do you balance your career & and family?
I try to be present in my career giving it my full attention at all times when I’m at work. I do the same in my home life. I feel if we don’t have a healthy balance our career and/or family suffers.
What do you find the most challenging with work?
Making sure every one of my employees has the tools to be successful and grow with the company.
What is your proudest moment thus far in your career?
Having my family see how important it is caring for the elderly. Watching new residents grow in their new journey being successful and safe.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
It would be a career with helping others and making a difference.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
Jim Barbarie’s Danbury.
You’re happiest when?
I’m with my family and spending time with my friends.