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 in Connecticut, 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 Lakisha Mathis makes our residents' home such a special place....
Meet Lakisha Mathis!
Licensed Practical Nurse, Middlewoods of Farmington
I am a mother of 2 boys, ages 7 and 13, whom keep me very busy. I'm currently looking into programs to finish my BSN to further my nursing career and I love to be with my family and friends. Family is very important to me. I also love going for long walks and being near the water (beach), traveling and reading when I have the time.
I was looking for a change in my career as I was working with individuals who had substance abuse and mental health issues prior to working with the older adults, and thought I would give it a try. BEST decision I've ever made.
What's your day-to-day interaction with the residents?
My main interaction consists of helping the residents manage their medications, but I'm always willing to help in any way possible.
What do you think makes UMH different from other senior living communities?
I believe what makes UMH different from other companies is the people. From the staff to the residents and families, we have an amazing group of people whom all work well together. We are like one big happy family! #teamwork
What do you like most about working in a senior living community?
I like working in an assisted living community because I get to meet different people from all walks of life and you learn so much from the residents.
How do you help residents feel at home?
I always greet residents with a smile and by name and a hug or back rub. I ask them how their day is going and I try to spend as much time getting to know them and their families as I can.
From your experience, what advice would you give families and their loved ones who are thinking about making a move to senior living?
DO IT... it will be so worth it in the end!!!
Is there anything else you would like to mention about UMH, our residents or our staff members?
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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