Careers In Aging

Careers In Aging Week

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CIAW_logo.png​​The demand for professionals with expertise in long term care is growing rapidly. The U.S. will need between 5.7 million and 6.5 million nurses, nurse aides, home health, and personal care workers to care for the 27 million Americans who will require long term care by 2050.​


Careers in Aging Week is dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current employees in the profession.

Join us in celebrating and spreading the word about careers in aging on social media using the hashtag #CareersInAging.

Be sure to check out our resources on this page and check back for stories from our health care heroes.


 

 

Careers in Aging: Jerry Keller, Maintenance Technicianhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Jerry-Keller,-Plant-Operations.aspxCareers in Aging: Jerry Keller, Maintenance Technician4/22/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​​<img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/JKellerPicture.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:194px;height:293px;" />After working at Lucy Corr through a painting contractor for over 2 years, Jerry Keller joined the Plant Operations team in April 2018. Responsible for all wall repair, painting and woodwork, Jerry heads up many projects for the facility's nurses station, front lobby in the Health Care Center, and bathrooms in the front of the Health Care Center. <span style="font-size:11pt;">Jerry also helps with important tasks, like installing window blinds, renovation of the cottages and apartments, and replacing floor tiles. The aesthetic and functionality of the facility all have Jerry's magic touch, and his work is so critical to keeping Lucy Corr looking pristine every day. </span></div><div><br></div>Responsible for all wall repair, painting and woodwork, Jerry heads up many projects for the facility's nurses station, front lobby in the Health Care Center, and bathrooms in the front of the Health Care Center.
Careers in Aging: Jenae Briggs, Admissions Clinical Coordinatorhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-JenaeBriggs.aspxCareers in Aging: Jenae Briggs, Admissions Clinical Coordinator4/22/2021 4:00:00 AM<p>​<br></p><div><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/JBriggsPicture.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:301px;" />Jenae has been with Lucy Corr for two and a half years, and has worked in healthcare with a specification in skilled and long term care for 9 years. Obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Human Services and Masters Degree in Public Administration, Jenae started her long term care journey as a social worker and admissions director. Jenae has a passion for helping those in times of need and assisting patients and families in the turning chapters of the later years of their life. </div><div><br></div><div>“There is something about being able to care for those that need assistance and walking them through the steps that are most crucial in their later years of life that brings joy to my heart. Allowing them to know I am there for them very step of the way in such a monumental part of their lives is liberating and humbling all at the same time. Every patient or family you are able to help, it brings a wholeness to who you are and what you are compassionate about. I believe you can help yourself best, in any situation, by helping others.” <br></div><div><br></div><div>In her “down time,” Jenae spends her time with her husband chasing around their two children, a 5 and 3 year old little boy and girl. Jenae is an active member and advocate in the autism community. She loves to write and blog on various topics such as creating awareness for children with disabilities, grief, and inspiration. Jenae enjoys a good cup of coffee, making anyone smile, helping people in all chapters of life, and most of all watching her kids grow. </div><p><br><br></p>Jenae has a passion for helping those in times of need and assisting patients and families in the turning chapters of the later years of their life.
This Week is Careers in Aging Week!https://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/This-Week-is-Careers-in-Aging-Week!.aspxThis Week is Careers in Aging Week!4/20/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is underway! Along with the Gerontological Society of America, Argentum, and LeadingAge, we will be spreading the word about careers in aging and celebrating our member’s current employees. From activities director to chef to infection preventionist, we’re highlighting the dedicated heroes who care for our seniors every day. Join us in promoting these rewarding careers on social media using the hashtag <strong>#CareersinAging</strong>, retweeting us on <a href="https://twitter.com/ahcancal" target="_blank">Twitte​r</a> or sharing our posts on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ahcancal/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. And be sure to check out our <a href="/Workforce-and-Career/Pages/Careers-In-Aging.aspx" target="_blank">Careers in Aging Week webpage</a> for resources and stories of our health care heroes. </div><div><br></div><div>We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and promoting the amazing careers in long term care this week.</div><div><br><br></div><p>​</p>Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is underway! Along with the Gerontological Society of America, Argentum, and LeadingAge, we will be spreading the word about careers in aging and celebrating our member’s current employees.
Careers in Aging: Holly Witkemper, Executive Directorhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Holly-Witkemper,-Executive-Director.aspxCareers in Aging: Holly Witkemper, Executive Director4/15/2021 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Holly%20Witkemper.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:177px;height:266px;" />Holly started out her career as a young teenager volunteering at DCMH hospital on the Continuing Care floor with her Grandma. She went on to a local nursing home and was an Activity Assistant.  From there, she took the Lacy Beyl course and became an Activity Director.  After many years, she worked her way up and took more courses and became a Social Service Director. After several years she then became the Admissions Director.</div><div><br></div><div>She then completed the Administrator in Training program and from there she took the test and became the Executive Director. <span style="font-size:11pt;">Holly has a great understanding of the inner workings of the facility as she has worked in most every management position, and even as a bus driver.</span></div><div><br></div><div>Holly jumps in wherever she is needed and her dedication to her residents throughout the years and during the pandemic has been extraordinary. <br></div><div><br></div>Holly started out as a young teenager volunteering at DCMH hospital on the Continuing Care floor with her Grandma.
Careers in Aging: Anna Bell Terrill, Housekeepinghttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Anna-Bell-Terrill.aspxCareers in Aging: Anna Bell Terrill, Housekeeping4/15/2021 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/anna%20bell%20terrill.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:195px;height:260px;" />Anna Bell is one of the “behind-the-scenes” heroes of long term care helping to protect staff and residents from the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by keeping a sanitary environment. Anna Bell has worked at Wolfe County Health and Rehabilitation Center longer than any other employee -- over 30 years -- and was one of the first employees hired to assist in the opening of the facility in 1990. Her primary position has been in housekeeping and laundry. </div><div><br></div><div>Anna Bell has witnessed more than 1,700 residents find Wolfe County Health their home throughout the years. Her great work ethic and dedication to the seniors in the community was passed on to her daughter and granddaughter. Her daughter, Carolyn, completed her nurse aide class in 1998 and is now the Assistant Director of Activities and Social Services. Anna Bell’s granddaughter, Nicole, also became a nurse aide and has worked at the facility since 2008. </div><div><br></div><div>In their small rural area, the Wolfe County Health community considers each other family. Anna Bell and her family have helped make Wolfe County Health and Rehabilitation Center the valued facility it is today. Residents and staff greatly appreciate Anna Bell’s hard work, dedication, and dependability. <br></div><div><br></div>Anna Bell is one of the “behind-the-scenes” heroes of long term care helping to protect staff and residents from the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by keeping a sanitary environment.
Careers in Aging: Tammy Chen, Activities Directorhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Tammy-Chen,-Activities-Director.aspxCareers in Aging: Tammy Chen, Activities Director4/15/2021 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Tammy%20Chen.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:218px;" />Tammy Chen is one of the 45,000 dedicated caregivers working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect and care for the Commonwealth’s nursing home residents. Tammy is the Activities Director at South Cove Manor at Quincy Point and has been at the nursing home for nine years.</div><div><br></div><div>During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tammy kept residents connected with family members and loved ones. She communicated regularly with families and helped to schedule meaningful virtual, indoor, outdoor, and compassionate care visits. Tammy quickly adapted to new visitation policies to ensure the emotional and social well-being needs of residents were being met. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Her dedication during the pandemic has been extraordinary. Tammy is a true health care hero.<br></div><div><br><br></div><p>​</p>During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tammy kept residents connected with family members and loved ones.
Careers in Aging: Nina Cornett, LPN and Clinical Coordinatorhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Nina-Cornett,-LPN-and-Clinical-Coordinator.aspxCareers in Aging: Nina Cornett, LPN and Clinical Coordinator4/15/2021 4:00:00 AM<p><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Nina%20Cornett.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:121px;" />​<span style="color:#555555;font-size:14.6667px;background-color:#ffffff;">N</span><span style="color:#555555;font-size:14.6667px;background-color:#ffffff;">ina has dedicated 21 years to long term car</span><span style="color:#555555;font-size:14.6667px;background-color:#ffffff;">e. She has held the role of</span> Clinical Coordinator for the past 8 years, and previously was a Licensed Practical Nurse starting in 2001. She has been a dedicated employee throughout her employment working many different shifts to assist and fill various roles.  Nina was in charge of wound care for many years before accepting a position as clinical coordinator.  Her oversight in wound care and healing of difficult wounds drew the attention of a company, which now uses her success stories as a model in their educational training.  <br></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;">Nina has completed training as a Train the Trainer for teaching nurse aide training courses.  She also assisted a Health Education Company in training nurse aide candidates in other facilities throughout Kentucky. Nina has spent many nights at her facility to assure continuity of care to residents and worked many weeks to cover a schedule with few days off when it was necessary.  Nina is a true Champion of long term care.    </span><span style="font-size:11pt;">​</span><br></p>Nina has dedicated 21 years to long term care. She has been a dedicated employee throughout her employment working many different shifts to assist and fill various roles.
Brandon Oaks Employee Uses Art to Bring Cheer to Residentshttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Brandon-Oaks-Employee-Uses-Art-to-Bring-Cheer-to-Residents-.aspxBrandon Oaks Employee Uses Art to Bring Cheer to Residents4/15/2021 4:00:00 AM<div><span style="font-size:11pt;">In March of 2020, Brandon Oaks shut down to visitors, just like retirement communities across the nation at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. This was the beginning of a year-long period without visitors and residents and staff coming together as each other’s family. Brandon Oaks laundry aide Mallorie Marin wanted to help bring a little bit of happiness to the resident’s day. As a life-long artist, Marin turned to what she knew best, art.</span><br></div><div><br></div><div>She used the paper tickets delivered to residents with their laundry as her canvas and started creating custom sketches on each ticket. “I just thought I’d make them smile, they make me smile so I wanted to try to brighten their day a little bit,” stated Marin. She added, “Since people, their families and friends, couldn’t come see them, I wanted to do something special for them.” </div><div><br></div><div>Marin’s drawings were so popular that residents began keeping their laundry tickets. She sketched whimsical drawings themed around holidays or shared kind words such as ‘have a happy day’. Word got around the community and residents who had saved their mini masterpieces came together to display all of them at an art show in Marin’s honor. </div><div><br></div><div>Marin’s small gesture of thoughtfulness brought so much joy in a time when we really needed it the most. <br></div><div><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/IMG_9992.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:335px;height:250px;" /><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/IMG_9991.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:189px;height:246px;" /><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/IMG_9990.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:314px;height:238px;" /><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/IMG_9993.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:325px;height:243px;" /><br></div>Brandon Oaks laundry aide Mallorie Marin wanted to help bring a little bit of happiness to the resident’s day. As a life-long artist, Marin turned to what she knew best, art.