Hayley in her uniform at work.


Hayley Nememchek said, “I love getting the opportunity to work with so many older people and hearing their stories.” Hayley works as a Dietary Aid at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids. She has a very unique job for a teenager that requires a vast amount of patience and a good work ethic. Starting her work journey in September, Hayley has been working seven days a week, four to eight hours a day. Her dedication to her job has landed her a raise, now receiving nine dollars an hour. 

As a Dietary Aid, Hayley’s main job is to get the tenants their food, but she does much more than that, depending on the shift she works. Hayley’s favorite shift to work is from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. She says, “Working from 4 p.m to 8 p.m is much easier because I can go right after school and it’s only four hours.” The other shift Hayley works is from 6 a.m to 2 p.m on the weekends, this shift is double her normal shift and requires more work. Despite what shift Hayley works, she always tries her best to complete her tasks. These tasks include, getting food orders, giving out food, picking up after the tenants, and cleaning the kitchen. 

Hayley, just like all her other co-workers, have a set attire they must wear to work. This attire is similar to that of a nurse, scrubs and a mask. The scrubs that she must wear are not provided, so she has to buy them herself. Since Hayley works in the kitchen, she is also required to wear a hair net, which is provided for her. “It’s not the most fashionable, but it's pretty comfortable,” states Hayley. 

Blue Valley Senior Living is now hiring in both the kitchen and other positions. “The work is fairly easy, it just takes a little bit of time to get used to. But I would love some help and I can definitely train anyone who applies,” says Hayley. If you are interested in this position you can ask Hayley or even the school office.  

Article by Taylor Crook