Meet the Family: Shawn Lucco of Middlewoods of Newington
What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At UMH 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 Shawn Lucco makes our residents' home such a special place....
Meet Shawn Lucco!
Maintenance Assistant, Middlewoods of Newington
I’ve worked for UMH for almost two years at the Middlewoods of Newington community as a Maintenance Assistant. Prior to joining the Middlewoods team, I was an ASE Certified/GM Certified automotive Mechanic for 23 years and a Hartford Police Officer. I went to Plainville High School and graduated from Porter and Chester Institute. I’m married with one daughter who will be attending Saint Joseph’s University in fall 2018. My hobbies include restoring old classic cars, yard work with my John Deere tractor, woodworking, welding, and house maintenance. You name it, I do it. I also love going to Disney World and would someday like to visit Italy.
What inspired you to work with older adults?
My mother was a Registered Nurse for over 30 years caring for the elderly population. Remembering her stories is what inspired me to work with older adults.
What's your day-to-day interaction with the residents?
My day-to-day interaction with the residents includes everything from repairing their television to just simply listening to them. I interact with residents almost all day long and do anything I can to assist them with their needs. I think I make residents feel at home by listening to their stories and past experiences.
One fun memory I have at Middlewoods is when I went around the community dressed as cupid for Valentine’s Day and handed out roses and chocolate bars to all the residents. Both staff and residents alike got a kick out of my costume. We're planning to do it again this year, so keep an eye out for more photos!
What do you think makes UMH different from other senior living communities?
We try to make the residents’ experience and atmosphere living here almost the same as though they were at their former homes. From my experience at Middlewoods of Newington, it is clear UMH is a comfortable and home-like space for them. Because of the size of the community, it is so easy to get to know the residents and build relationships with them.
What do you like most about working in a senior living community?
My favorite part of working in a senior living community is seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces when you assist them with their needs. It’s such a rewarding experience.
From your experience, what advice would you give families and their loved ones who are thinking about making a move to senior living?
My grandparents tried to stay in their home until their needs increased and it was no longer safe or appropriate. They ended up moving into a long-term care facility (nursing home), which they both were not ready for. Back then, there weren’t as many assisted living options as there are today, and I think aging adults are lucky to have an “in between” option where they can get all the help they need and not have to go into a nursing home. Some advice I would give would be to see firsthand the options your aging loved one has before making a decision.
Is there anything else you would like to mention about UMH, our residents or our staff members?
I took a leap of faith switching career paths and doing something different which was out of the norm for me; but now, I look forward to coming Middlewoods of Newington every day because of the staff and residents!
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!