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A Dedicated Staff

Cindy Hughes

Sarah Knight, RN, BSN,
Resident Care Director
Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham

The Most Natural Role in the World for Allerton House Resident Care Director

“Five years ago, I never dreamed I would be working with the residents, families and staff here at Allerton House,” says Sarah Knight, RN, BSN, resident care director at Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham. At that time, Knight was working as a licensed practical nurse at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital (now Medical Center) in Lebanon, New Hampshire. When she decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree in nursing she went to Vermont Technical College, and later to Curry College in Milton, MA. When she left the hospital she had every intention of going back to a hospital-based position as a registered nurse.

Knight worked as a float nurse on the 3 – 11 shift at a senior living community while she was back in school. “That’s where I found something I didn’t expect,” she says. “Working in that environment was a very different experience. I enjoyed getting to know the residents and establishing rapport. I developed some special connection with each and every one of them. That’s what I like best about my job.” Knight recalls talking with her mother about her newly discovered passion for caring for seniors, and her mother responding, “It’s the most natural thing in the world for you.”

After completing her degree and continuing on a career path in senior services, Knight kept her resume posted online. “My coming to Allerton House in Hingham was unexpected, too,” she says. “They contacted me after seeing my resume, so I came in to talk about the position. There are some places that feel ‘right’ the minute you walk in the door. That’s how I felt when I came to Allerton House. It had a homey feel.” That was in July of 2015.

At Allerton House at Harbor Park, Knight oversees a cohesive team of five nurses and about 26 resident care assistants at the assisted living community and memory care neighborhood. She credits the team for the professionalism and warmth with which they care for Allerton House residents and their families. “Everybody is happy; everybody gets along,” says Knight. “We’re all here for the same reason, and we know what a privilege it is for the residents and their families to entrust us with their care. I consider myself very lucky.”