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Making Mealtime Easier

Community: Chatham

Submitted by: Frank Pascale

Department: Dining

Nominee: Maxon Jeanty

While on a family call, the family member told me she witnessed an incident in the dining room involving Maxon. She told me that a resident, her mother, was having some difficulty with the particular item, so Max noticed and immediately told the resident he would be right back and took the plate. When he returned, the item had been altered to make it easier for the resident to eat. She was ecstatic. The result was that the family member and resident were very impressed with the level of service that Maxon had performed without being told. It is wonderful to know that your employees are going Above and Beyond. The Juniper Spirit!

“New” Bus Driver

Community: Cape Coral

Submitted by: Daisy Godbee

Department: Connections

Nominee: Vianka Vitier

Being part of our Juniper family for almost 2 years, and working in our Wellness Department, Vianka has always succeeded in being a team player. There is no job too big or too small for her to take on. Her pride in making sure our resident’s appearance is up to her standards is always evident. Recently Vianka transferred to Transportation as our bus driver. Our residents were so happy to hear the great news. If it is possible to imagine, the smile on Vianka’s face was fuller than usual. She was so happy to hear about her new position that she brought her family by Juniper to show them the bus she would be driving. Her dedication for the care of our residents is still obvious. When she is not busy driving the bus, or assisting in activities, she visits with our ladies and does their nails. Vianka takes the initiative to jump in to help in all departments when she sees she is needed. It is a pleasure to work with someone with such a positive attitude and who shows so much compassion to our residents. Vianka truly shares her passion for Well-Being.

Birthday Dinner

Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Mary Jane Eicke

Department: Dining

Nominee: Raymond Richardson

One of our residents was depressed because his birthday was coming and he had not heard anything from his daughter who lives in Delaware. Ray did not like the change in personality for this resident, and immediately tried to have the resident decide what he wanted for his special birthday dinner. This resident began conferring with his table mates and decided that he wanted a real hamburger, with accompanying French fries. Deciding what he wanted did divert him from thinking about not being remembered on his birthday. This resident was overwhelmed about his special dinner, and shared a birthday cake with the friends at his table. This was surely nurturing the spirit of life for this gentleman. Later in the day, his daughter did call, and he was so happy to share how wonderful his birthday had been.

Special Chauffeur

Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Mary Jane Eicke

Department: Environmental Services

Nominee: Tyrone Beal

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Tyrone takes time out of his busy day to take one of our residents to dialysis. In fact, he has become so attached to this resident that he looks forward to the trips to dialysis and the chance to socialize with her. Tyrone is a great guy, but his commitment to this resident is above and beyond. He worries when he is not in the community, about who will be transporting his friend to dialysis for treatment. It is overwhelming to see how attached Tyrone has gotten with this resident. The resident refers to Tyrone as her Special Chauffeur!

Congratulations Graduate!!

Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Ellen Richardson

Department: Wellness

Nominee: Shontese Womack

Shontese is a Resident Associate here in our Wellspring Memory Care. She has been a FT employee since June 29, 2016. Along with that, she was a full time single mother and FT student working to complete her degree. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management on May 18, 2017 from Wilmington, Delaware. She is an inspiration to all young ladies. The staff is so proud, and she was thrown a celebration for her success.

Smile While You Work

Community: Chatham

Submitted by: Ellen Reggiani

Department: Wellness

Nominee: Nadeze Edmond

Nadeze has always been a skilled and competent resident associate. However, I noticed that she rarely smiled, which was also mentioned by others. I decided I would sit down with Nadeze to see if I could help in anyway. I told her that she looked unhappy, and I even asked if she liked her job. She did like her job and did not believe that she rarely smiled which gave off that impression to others. Now, Nadeze always has a smile on her face. In fact, she smiles so often it’s contagious. It made me feel good knowing that having that simple conversation brought to Nadeze’s attention something she didn’t previously know, but chose to correct. Staff and residents both have commented on how Nadeze was changed. The residents under her care are always speaking very highly of her.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Carol Burg

Department: Dietary Services

Nominees: Tina Madden, Dawn Matthews

This past Sunday we had our Mother’s Day Brunch for the families of our residents and the outside community. After serving our residents breakfast, the kitchen staff rocked out a brunch that was amazing. The brunch was a huge success. The families loved everything. The food was plentiful and delicious. Everyone had a great time being together. It made me feel great seeing the residents and their loved ones laughing and smiling and spending quality time together. The families and residents are still talking about it; they keep telling me how great of a day it was!

Transition Eased

Community: Chatham

Submitted by: Amy Nealy

Department: Wellness

Nominee: Maureen Riddick

Maureen came in on the weekend, one of her days off. She really helped me when Charlie Parmelli moved in. She came in and made sure that all of his needs were met. Thanks to Maureen coming in on the weekend, Mr Parmelli’s family’s mind was at ease. Maureen has a wonderful way with the residents. Charlie’s son was happy that Maureen took such good care of his father when he transitioned into Juniper.

Extra Hands

Community: Chatham

Submitted by: Amy Nealy

Department: Business Office

Nominee: Linda Prescott

Linda is always there to help out. We had a Purple Picnic fundraiser for Alzheimer’s. Linda came in, even though it was her day off, and helped. She cleaned up with everyone and was just so pleasant. Linda went above and beyond, and she really did a good job.