NCAL is proud to
announce the winners for its 2013 national awards program which recognizes the
exemplary work of members’ employees in four categories.
- NCAL Administrator of the Year: Julie
Taylor at Gilman Park Assisted Living in Oregon City, OR
- NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted
Living: Robin Moran from The Chelsea at Tinton Falls, NJ
- NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the
Year: Cheryl Hopkins at Vintage Park at Paola, KS
- NCAL National Assisted Living Week
Programming Award: Summer’s Landing of Warner Robins, Ga. Staff
members: Allison Gatliff, Melissa LaFave, Kim
Pitsenbarger, and Lany Puckett.
the award recipients. The honorees will be recognized during a special luncheon
held during the 7th Annual NCAL Day, on Sunday, October 6, 2013 in Phoenix –
the opening day of the 64th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention and Exposition.
Congratulations to the 2013 NCAL Award Winners!
National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is proud to announce the 2013
recipients of the Administrator of the Year, the Assisted Living Nurse of the
Year, Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living, and the National Assisted Living Week
Programming Awards. These winners represent the best in the nation in the
assisted living profession.
NCAL Administrator of the Year
Park Assisted Living, Oregon City, OR
Julie Taylor, administrator of
Gilman Park Assisted Living is not afraid to clean, dig, paint, or do anything
she asks of others.
The pride she takes in the
assisted living community is contagious to her staff members. She encourages
them to make their own decisions and trains them to take care of resident
issues in a timely fashion. Those are just a few of the accomplishments of
Taylor, who is the recipient of the 2013 NCAL Administrator of the Year Award.
Her support of staff members
encourages the delivery of person-centered care to residents. In her five years
at Gilman Park, she created an awards program for the community’s volunteers
and reduced staff turnover while increasing census.
Read the October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS for more details on Ms. Taylor’s contributions.
NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year
Cheryl Hopkins, RN
Vintage Park at Paola, KS
Cheryl Hopkins, resident care
manager at the Kansas community Vintage Park at Paola, personifies the
community’s mission: Make a difference, every day, every time. She is described
as compassionate and committed. Hopkins’ leadership inspires staff and conveys
concern and great care to the residents and their family members.
For an example of her
dedication and personal commitment, her nominator Christina Dick, Vintage Park
director, cited how Hopkins works long hours to make sure a resident who is
close to the end of life is “not alone” and is comfortable.
Dick added, “Cheryl displays
integrity and a high standard of ethical behavior by leading staff to
standards, which she sets above and beyond expectations. She rolls up her
sleeves and works side by side with the staff, teaching and reviewing their
Hopkins has led the community
to deficiency-free surveys for the past five years. In 2010, she guided staff
to achieving Silver in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program.
Read the October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS for more details on Ms. Hopkins’ contributions.
NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living
The Chelsea at Tinton Falls, NJ
Robin Moran the recreation assistant for The Chelsea at
Tinton Falls makes it her life’s purpose to get to know each resident as well
as possible. She loves getting to know each resident and becomes a trusting
friend to the residents. In one recent instance, a resident confided to Moran
about his memory lapses and asked if his repetitive questions annoyed her.
Moran reassured him that they did not, explaining that he wasn’t the only
person with this condition and telling him, “This could be me some day, and I
hope people will be kind when that day comes.”
Moran’s kindness is demonstrated through visits to residents
who have been hospitalized. She reaches out to residents who are shy or unhappy
and is often rewarded with a smile and newfound friendship.
October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS for more
details on Ms. Morans’ contributions.
Best Programming for National Assisted Living Week For 2012 Theme: Art of the Ages
Warner Robins, GA
Staff members from left to
right: Allison Gatliff, Kim Pitsenbarger, and Melissa LaFave.
Not pictured is Lany Puckett.
The team at Summer’s Landing of Warner Robins in Georgia,
planned events based on the 2012 National Assisted Living Week theme, Art for
the Ages with the spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional
(SPICE) needs of residents at the forefront of their programming design.
This was a winning strategy that created engaging and fun
events for residents, staff, families, and the surrounding neighborhood. These
four individuals designed programming that celebrated the creativity of
everybody, inside and outside the assisted living community, such as a nearby
daycare center, a local elementary school, and experts who conducted
interactive presentations that helped empower residents to consider and create
art individually and collectively.
October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS for more
details on Summer’s Landing of Waner Robins activities for National Assisted