Category Archives: Share Our Passion For Well-Being

Impromptu Exercise Class

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Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Mary Jane Eicke

Department: Wellness

Nominee: Teta Saah

Teta was aware that we had no Connections Director, so she took it upon herself to initiate an exercise activity for the residents. By the time she concluded, there were over 20 residents participating in the program! After that a sing along started, and everyone joined in. Residents appeared to have greatly enjoyed this activity, and I appreciated Teta initiating this activity on her own. Teta really cares about her residents!

Director of First Impressions

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Community: Cape Coral

Submitted by: Daisy Godbee

Department: Social Services

Nominee: Alex Coultas

You only get one chance to make that “FIRST IMPRESSION”, this is a fact!!!! Alex is the first person that everyone has the pleasure of meeting, when first entering our doors. Her responsibilities are too many to list. Her day is always filled with many duties. However, the one thing that is a guarantee, she is always wearing a smile. Entertaining our residents is a must through Alex’s eye, she is always patient and extra kind. Working closely with our driver in scheduling doctor’s appointment is very important. Asking the driver, Vianka, for her input on some of the appointments is one of the many ways that Alex shows how much of a Team Player she is. Her willingness to assist in all departments is always greeted with open arms. With all the multi-tasking that Alex does, she also is able to make sure that she knows where our residents are. She is able to comfort them at times of needs, no matter what the situation may be. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that Alex does not know the word NO. We are so happy to have this team member as part of our Juniper Family!

Get By With a Little Help

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Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Mary Jane Eicke

Department: Environmental Services

Nominee: Norman Lewis

A resident was having difficulty propelling herself to the dining room. She appeared very frustrated and angry. Norman, noticing this difficulty and despite working in Environmental Services not as a caregiver, asked if he could assist in any way. Norman took the time to console her as he gently pushed her to the dining room. Most young people would not do so, but this young man has a big heart, and has been seen comforting other residents that may be experiencing some difficulty. It is uplifting to see this type of intergenerational bonding. Norman certainly practices our Juniper philosophy of Nurturing the Spirit of Life!

Fishawack Day Chatham

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Community: Chatham

Submitted by: Linda Prescott

Department: Business Office

Nominees: Hector Perez, John Holmes

Recently, Juniper Village at Chatham hosted a booth at the Fishawack Day Chatham Resting & Promotional Areas. Hector and John worked the night before loading the Juniper van with some items needed for the next day’s event. The morning of the event, they were back at 7:30 am, loading the van with additional items. Bales of hay were provided for Juniper, so Hector and John arranged them to create a seating area. They worked with the DC and Concierge putting up tents, carting boxes and chairs, and setting up promotional items for the table display. At the end of day, took everything down and brought it all back to Juniper. All I can say is “WOW”! Hector and John are always there for Juniper, staff and residents. They are continually helpful and courteous and everything they do. Our Juniper tent looked beautiful! People stopped by our “resting area,” sat awhile, had a bottle of cold water supplied by Juniper, and told us how much they appreciated what we did. The resting area was a HUGE hit and we were asked to do it again next year.

“New” Bus Driver

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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.

Transition Eased

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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.

Voice of Those Without a Voice

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Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Raymond Richardson

Department: Dietary Services

Nominee: Jazmine Stokes

Jazmine won the 2017 Juniper Spirit Award. Jazmine is a valuable player on our Williamstown team. She is a member of our dietary team. She started out at Juniper as a volunteer by reading and painting nails for our residents, and now is a key member in our kitchens. She is a graduate of Eastern University where she holds a degree in social work. She is currently pursuing her masters as she wants to be “the voice of those without a voice”. Her ability to relate to our residents is amazing and they love her. Resident are so happy when Jazmine spends time with them. She always bring a smile to their faces. I am very proud to have Jazmine on my team.

Little Bunny Foo Foo

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Community: Lebanon

Submitted by: Rebecca Duke

Department: Wellness

Nominee: Colette Stroh

Although Colette is a rather new addition to the staff of Juniper Village at Lebanon, she comes with years of experience and a passion for her job in the Wellness department.  She is constantly thinking of ways to bring new experiences to the residents, and recently she brought her baby bunnies in for a visit.  Only a few weeks old, the bunnies were adorable, and the residents could easily hold them on their laps.  Some even fell asleep on the residents!  Colette was especially pleased to see a huge smile on the face of one particular resident.  Just the night before, this man was having a very difficult time, and Colette spent quite a bit of time trying to calm him down by talking to him.  She offered to try to get his doctor appointment moved sooner, which seemed to appease him at the time.  However, after a lengthy visit with the bunnies, he said, “You know, I think I can wait until my regular appointment.  You don’t need to call my doctor anymore.” Even Colette was surprised at the therapeutic effect that the baby bunnies had on this resident who had been so distraught only 12 hours previously.  All of the residents were just infatuated with the adorable black and white bunnies, which were all soon to be going to their new homes.

As a member of the Connections department, I am always pleased to see people from other departments go the extra mile and go above and beyond their departments to provide a unique experience for the residents.  I appreciate Colette’s enthusiasm and her willingness to do a lot of extra work to bring her rabbits to work with her, so that the residents can enjoy a special time with the rabbits.  I am so glad that Colette is part of the Juniper Village at Lebanon team! There was lots of feedback, which was shown in the smiling faces of all of the residents in the lobby that day!  Any visitors that happened to be in the building that day certainly could feel the joy that filled our building!

Dedication To Well Being of Residents

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Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Teasha McAllister

Department: Connections

Nominee: Stephanie Crivero

Stephanie Crivero happened to come to one of our Annual Shredder Events, and we met, and had a great conversation!  She had a wonderful time at the event, and really enjoyed engaging with our residents.  I saw she had a beautiful way with our residents, and we continued to chat.  Before she left, Stephanie asked me if we had any openings for a part time position. She said she would love the opportunity to dedicate herself to bringing joy and increasing well-being for residents.  She had also experienced the devastation Alzheimer’s brings to a person and to their entire family.  She told me that she would love to be able to help in some way.

Of course, we immediately began the hiring process, and brought Stephanie on board in our Connections Department!  Stephanie has been here for several years now with exemplary service to all of our residents, families, and team.  Stephanie shines her light to everyone she comes in contact with, and has been fulfilling the purpose she described to me at our Annual Shredder Event years before, when she just came to safely shred her documents.

It fills my heart with joy to meet such wonderful people in the world, and to have built a beautiful relationship with such a very special woman!  It is our joy to have Stephanie in our Connections Department.

Celebration of a Beautiful Team Member in Williamstown

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Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Teasha McAllister

Department: Dining

Nominee: Lynette Jones

It has been my joy to work with Lynette Jones, a Cook in the Dining Services Team.  Lynette is the beautiful smile that welcomes each resident, as well as team members and families early in the mornings each day!  As residents make their way each morning to the Dining Room, there, through the window they will be met with Lynette’s radiant smile, preparing their special breakfast to start their day!  Lynette always shines, and she keeps her kitchen in pristine status.  Lynette shares her spirit and strong faith with her team and residents as she does her best to bring delectable breakfast experiences to them each morning.  It is my joy to work with Lynette Jones, and her faith, spirit, and smile are a source of great inspiration to all!