What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Danita Alberti makes our residents' home such a special place....
Meet Danita Alberti, RN!
SALSA, Wesley Village
I’ve worked at Wesley Village for 2.5 years as the Director of Nursing/SALSA. I have a Nursing Degree with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. I have four children and love to vacation on any beach, lake, or river. I also love to stay home, cook Italian food and have family and friends around to enjoy it with!
What inspired you to work with older adults?
I was very close to my grandparents and always enjoyed the stories they told me. I was also very close with my elderly neighbors who liked to mentor me and teach me important life skills. They taught me a great deal about baking, cooking and gardening.
What's your day-to-day interaction with the residents?
Each day is different; sometimes it's emergency care, sometimes it’s trying to figure out a safe care plan or sometimes it’s just conversation, sharing a laugh or a personal story.
What do you think makes UMH different from other senior living communities?
From my experience, United Methodist Homes (UMH) has much more to offer than other senior living communities. Residents of Wesley Village have access to a medical director, a Griffin lab and a podiatrist, all conveniently on one campus.
What do you like most about working in a senior living community?
In our community, I'm not caring for sick people; I'm working with well seniors and trying to make sure they have quality of life and are comfortable in their home.
How do you help residents feel at home?
At Wesley Village, nurses don't wear uniforms because our assisted living communities are not medical facilities. This is their home and we know each and every resident individually. We interact with residents all day, every day, through the halls, dining room, their apartments and during activities. We go on fun out trips with residents too.
From your experience, what advice would you give families and their loved ones who are thinking about making a move to senior living?
Some advice I would give to families and their loved ones who are thinking about making a move to assisted living would be to make the move sooner. Don't wait. While they still can, let your loved one enjoy their time here, particpate in activities and embrace the opportunities UMH has to offer!
Is there anything else you would like to mention about UMH, our residents or our staff members?
We have a competent, caring, compassionate, and empathetic staff that work well as a team.
About Chelsea Sayegh
I started working as a Marketing Coordinator for United Methodist Homes in October of 2016. I work on public relations, website management and community planning for their award winning independent and assisted living communities. As a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in Media and Communications and a passion for serving nonprofits, United Methodist Homes has become my home away from home. I spend my days working in a community filled with smiling faces, helpful hands and wonderful residents. I have a passion for assisting seniors and take great pride in being able to promote a company with such a positive mission and values. As an individual committed to learning and growing, I have jumped right into this exciting career!
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