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 Mary Ramsdellmakes our residents' home such a special place....
Meet Mary Ramsdell!
CNA, Middlewoods of Newington
I'm married and have a son. I studied child psychology for a year at a Junior College in Boston, MA. In my free time, I enjoy camping and mountain biking.
I have worked for Middlewoods of Newington for 17 years.
Spending time with my grandmother during my childhood inspired me to work with older adults.
(Photographed: Mary, standing forth from the left)
What's your day-to-day interaction with the residents?
My day-to-day interaction involves helping residents with their activities of daily living. I help them perform tasks that they may find challenging without additional assistance.
What do you think makes UMH different from other senior living communities?
Our Staff. Plain and simple. Our residents come first, and everyone here makes that a priority.
What do you like most about working in a senior living community?
I like the interactions I'm able to have with our seniors: sharing experiences, getting advice and singing to them.
How do you help residents feel at home?
I try to help residents feel at home by emphasizing the benefits of our community and suggesting activities or events they may like based on what I know about them. Overall, I just try to be a part of their lives and get to know them.
Photographed: Mary, third from the left
From your experience, what advice would you give families and their loved ones who are thinking about making a move to senior living?
My advice would be to check it out first and talk to people who work there.
Is there anything else you would like to mention about UMH, our residents or our staff members?
The staff at Middlewoods of Newington are very compassionate and loving, and the residents are each their own individuals worth getting to know.
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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