I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Edith Jones and I have been an employee here at Forestville Health and Rehabilitation center since April 10, 2008. I really enjoy my job here at Forestville. What a housekeeper here at Forestville means to me: Each day I come through the door, I know the residents bring joy to me. They motivate me to perform my duties to keep a clean environment for them you see. My day is full of laughter and reminiscing with the residents about life experiences and memories of the good old days. How we are alike in many, many ways. The management staff here really goes above their standards to make the staff feel comfortable in performing their duties. In closing, I can only say these are just a few of the reasons why I stay here with CommuniCare.
I have been at Fayette Health for 25 years. When I started here in 1989, I was only going to be here for a year, but I am a people person and I fell in love with the residents. I am in housekeeping, and I love what I do and I also love working with all the GNA and nurses, just all the staff.
My name is Trisha Jacob, and I have been in long-term care for about 20 years. I first started working at CommuniCare in 2010. One nice thing is I really feel at home with the CommuniCare family, but especially at South River Health and Rehabilitation Center. I have worked in many facets of long-term care since that first taste of what it was like to help care for the elderly. Yet in so many ways it isn’t just caring about the elderly, it is caring for every age group including those I work with day in and day out. Long-term care in my opinion requires a level of compassion. It requires listening intently, and getting to the root of whatever is going on at the time. It is a gentle reminder that we only see the very tip of the iceberg most days, yet it is the base of the iceberg where most of it gets its strength. It is our job to chisel away at the base of other people’s iceberg to find out what is really going on. Many family members, patients, residents and co-workers have come to realize they can trust me to hold a confidence. It is easy for them to come into my office, close the door and just chat. They can now get off their hearts and their minds what is going on with their day. I love those special moments of connecting and reconnecting with those I come into contact with day in and day out. I love working here at South River where I have been the admissions director for over a year now. Coming to work each day isn’t really work to me. It is like coming home to my second family. This building, though over 30 years old, has a wonderful and warm feeling to it. Each day walking down the halls I feel that warmth and am honored to tour anyone who comes through our front doors looking for a place where mom or dad, son or daughter can come and recuperate. It is the little things that matter in this building like watching the way staff interacts with each other and especially with our residents. I am honored to be part of the ongoing process of life and all it has to offer each of us. I am happy with what I do and those I am able to touch each day.
My name is Thomasia Yongai; I have been an employee at Bel Pre Health and Rehab Center for the past five years. I really like working at Bel Pre because of the different types of residents I get to meet and care for as well as my fellow co-workers. The teamwork exhibited here is phenomenal; we are truly a family-oriented facility. I love being a nurse at Bel Pre. Coming to work every day is always a pleasant experience, even with challenging residents. I would recommend it for those looking to place their loved ones in a nursing facility, and also to those seeking employment.
MS. SHAWNETTE PUTMAN, LPN, WOUND CARE NURSE
I am currently employed at the Fort Washington Health Center (CommuniCare) as a licensed practical nurse/wound treatment nurse. I have enjoyed working at the facility for the past 19 years because I have met a lot of wise and intriguing residents, and I have gained a lot of wisdom from those residents. I have learned the importance of life because of my interaction with the residents. The many stories that they have shared with me about their life accomplishments and struggles they have overcome have made a significant impact in my life. My greatest joy and reward is received when I see the residents’ wounds progress and heal. Then those residents leave our facility, go back into the community and function without pain and without wounds. I am overjoyed and excited when they return to the facility for a visit and thank us for providing them with excellent care. I have met a lot of wonderful and devoted family members who are very appreciative and grateful for the care that we provided to their loved ones. In addition, I have had the pleasure of working with many co-workers, peers, family members and residents who I have grown to love and consider as my own family. I have observed a lot of nurses and staff members who go above and beyond their regular assigned duties to make sure that the residents and family members are happy. I enjoy working with my peers and those that are a part of the management team. Like a family, we don’t always agree, but we work together as a team for the common goal of the residents. I live in the local community and personally know some of the residents for whom I am responsible for providing care. I want to make sure that all of our residents receive the excellent care they deserve. I chose this profession as a nurse, and I perceive this profession as a ministry to which I am called to make a difference in the lives of others.
I have been employed here at Marley Neck Health for almost 12 years (hire date 6-24-2002). I started out as a GNA, then then moved up to the staffing coordinator/central supply. I love coming to work at Marley Neck. We have a great team here. It is like one big family. I enjoy making the residents laugh and just making them smile. While I am here it makes my heart feel good. I am here through the good times and bad times (staff and residents). That is what family is for. I do my best every day to make the resident know they are loved either by talking to them, singing, dancing or just giving a hug. I am a mother of one beautiful daughter. She also enjoys coming to my work and talking with the residents and doing crafts with them. I see how their eyes light up when she comes in. They enjoy seeing small children, and it makes their day. I love my job here at Marley Neck.