Caitlin Cairns is currently the Director of Community Life at Villagio of Bradford Village. She has been with the company for the past 9 years. Caitlin loves working for Bradford Village and in senior living. <em>“I love the opportunity to work in a long-term residential setting. I love developing deep relationships with people and they become family. I like to say I’m so lucky because I have 100+ grandparents who care about me.”</em> Caitlin has been with the company for 9 years because Bradford Village has supported her so much in her career. <em>“I’ve been able to grow in my career and job skills, always with the encouragement and coaching of fellow employees and residents. It’s a close-knit community and we really are like family here.”</em> Caitlin has so many special connections with the residents of our community. Here are just a few: • Dave Jacobsen (maintenance team) and I shared a special connection with Ralph (passed away 2014). When I started as a brand-new activities director, Ralph took me under his wing and, despite his struggle with low vision, showed me everything – how they liked the chairs set up for exercises, the rules for bingo, etc. He insisted on moving the heavy chairs and tables around for me. He was my right-hand man for running programs at the AL. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v9O0DVosUw.">He also played the harmonica and performed with one of the regular musicians.</a> • Ralph’s best friend & fellow resident, Ruth, was my best friend’s grandmother (and the reason I started working in senior living in the first place). Those two always kept me on my toes.