This week, Aging Services of Minnesota will be showcasing people who work in the senior living industry at their annual Institute. The goal of their program, called “Stars Among Us”, is “to shine a light on the people who are the backbone of our support system for seniors in Minnesota.”
The campaign is their effort to share as many stories of individual caregivers and aging services professionals. Officially launching on February 8th, they will create an online gallery to showcase the stars. They will also be sharing them on their social media channels and lawmakers.
Here is a link directly to the Stars Among Us campaign page if you’d like to submit someone: http://www.agingservicesinstitute.org/starsamongus.asp
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.
Our next Star Among Us is Amy from Potter Ridge Assisted Living in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Amy has been at Potter Ridge since it opened in 2005. Amy was nominated for the North Star Leadership Award last year by her daughter Rachel and her son Spencer.
“While countless definitions of leadership exist, we firmly believe it describes an individual who helps others achieve their goals. So when my brother and I first heard about the NorthStar Leadership award, we instantly though of nominating our mother, Amy Anderson. She has dedicated her entire career to the care of seniors, and we could not imagine her in any other professional role. While she holds a true passion for the field, she cares most for the residents and the others around her. Not only does she have a great relationship with the residents, but with her co-workers as well. She goes above and beyond her required role to make Potter Ridge an exceptional building to work in. She makes sure all the work is done in a proficient and caring manner. We can say with certainty she would admit it makes the job seem far less like a job. Our mother has helped us achieve countless goals in both of our lives and we know she has impacted many, many others. It would be hard to imagine where either of us would be today had it not been for the leadership and assistance of our mother. For that and many other reasons, we wholeheartedly endorse her as a candidate for the award.”
As part of Aging Services of Minnesota’s Stars Among Us campaign, they were asked the following three questions: What inspires you? Why do you serve? And, what do you advocate for? Her are her responses:
My inspiration to help others, especially older adults, comes from how I was raised. “Do unto others.” My greatest mentors would by my parents. I also work with an awesome group of people. Tough days are what you make of them. That day will never come again, so make the best of it.
Helping older adults is my speed, my pace. They look at the here and now. Make every day count.
Treat everyone fair. Public policy makers need to understand everyone matters, no matter your lot in life. It’s the day today that is what makes the biggest difference to most people.
We are extremely proud of all of the accomplishments and leadership she has brought to Potter Ridge and Welcome Home Health Care.
Thank you for being the person you are.
Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations
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