As we mentioned earlier this week, we are honoring team members who were nominated for our North Star Leadership Award. We are also submitting those who were nominated to Aging Services Stars Among Us campaign.
For the past three years, Welcome Home has honored an individual that shows leadership abilities in their community or in the organization with the North Star Leadership Award. With Aging Services of Minnesota’s program, we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase not only our North Star Leadership award winner, but to all of those team members who were nominated throughout our company.
As we continue to honor those individuals who were nominated for Welcome Home Management’s North Star Leadership Award, and who were submitted to the Stars Among Us campaign at Aging Services, we come to our second nominee
Our second nomination and Star Among Us is Judi. Judi is a shift leader at Twin Town Villa Senior Living in Breckenridge, Minnesota. This is her second nomination for the North Star Leadership Award.
This year, Judi was nominated by residents, families, and the people she works with on a daily basis. Last year, one of Twin Town Villa’s advisory board members wrote,
“I see and hear firsthand about the excellent work that Judy does for the residents. She genuinely cares about the quality of life for the residents here at the Villa. Judy has a great sense of humor which brightens my father’s long days. She is very understanding of his limitations due to his cancer and the medications side effects that he experiences. She always greets him with a warm and cheerful smile and kind words. It’s employees like her that make family members feel secure that their loved ones are being properly cared for.”
Inspire - What inspires you to serve older adults? Is there a mentor or fellow caregiver who motivates or helps you? What keeps you going on tough days?
“Knowing that I am helping individuals that are deserving of being taken care of is what inspires me. It makes me feel good at the end of the day knowing that I helped them.”
My Director, Lisa Lehmann, and my RN, Tanya Ramacher are my mentors. They are both very proactive when it comes to the cares and services that our residents need each and every day.”
“The resident’s are what keeps me going on the tough days. Knowing that they appreciate everything that we do for them on a daily basis – it just keeps me going.”
Serve - What does a career serving older adults mean to you? What is the most meaningful or rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?
“Knowing that I am able to give back to the older adults after everything that they have done for us when we were the ones that needed to be taken care of.”
The most meaningful part of my job is getting to see each of the residents every day and seeing their smiles on Monday mornings after the weekend.”
Advocate - What do you advocate for? What do you want public policy makers to know about the work you do?
“I want our public policy makers to understand that giving individuals the opportunities to continue to live on their own, without having to in to the nursing home unless it is absolutely necessary, is extremely important to one’s self-esteem.”
Judi does an outstanding job for Twin Town Villa and Welcome Home Health Care. She always has a big smile on her face every time I see her. Congratulations Judi!
The North Star Leadership Award winner will be announced at Welcome Home’s Annual Winter Conference on February 23rd. Watch for more details on our live presentation as our conference date approaches
Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations