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Employee of the Month also a fourth-degree black belt

Ann Vocke is a full-time Dietary Aide in The Heritage at Brentwood’s Somerfield Health Center. She’s also the LifeCare Community’s November Employee of the Month. But there’s a lot more to know about Ann. For instance, she used to teach taekwondo. “Not to show off, but I’m a fourth-degree blackbelt! She shares. “My husband David …

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Forward Thinking – Depression can disguise itself as grief or sadness

With the holidays upon us, family gatherings – especially multi-generational ones – offer the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones we don’t see often. This is especially true as we come out of the pandemic that shut down most Thanksgiving feasts last year. The holidays also provide an opportunity to assess how your older friends …

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Forward Thinking – Don’t let your home define you

Have you ever given a thought about where and how you want to spend your retirement years? I ask because if you, like me, are getting to a certain age, it’s something you should think about. Now. And if your parent or parents have already reached that age, it’s time to have a discussion with …

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The Heritage’s Employee of the Month moonlights as professional musician

  The Heritage’s October Employee of the Month, Lizbeth Amaro Espinoza, was nominated for the honor by her supervisor, Director of Environmental Services Willetta Page for her positive outlook and willingness to help her team and others whenever needed. A full-time housekeeper who has worked over two years at The Heritage, the Venezuelan native has …

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The Heritage’s friendly greeter named Employee of the Month

Sherry Williams came to The Heritage with over 30 years of skilled care experience in rehabilitation centers. Needing something different, in 2014 she started working as a CNA for Health at Home, one of the services provided through Life Care Services, The Heritage at Brentwood’s management company. In November 2017, she transitioned into a CNA …

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Forward Thinking – Lifelong Learning

It’s back to school time but who says it’s just for kids. If you are a lifelong learner, want to learn a new skill (or improve a rusty one) or simply want to get out of the house and back into the real world (if Covid-19 and its variants don’t shut us down again), opportunities …

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Nursing shift brings personal satisfaction to THAB’s Employee of the Month

Kim Patterson, a registered nurse with over 35 years in hospital ICU and recovery room experience, never thought her nursing career would include geriatric or skilled nursing. Yet her experience with the nurses and caregivers who provided excellent care for her mother’s dementia and heart disease prompted Kim to consider a change in her own …

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Forward Thinking – Protect your nest egg from financial elder abuse

In last month’s Forward Thinking column, I wrote about elder abuse from the perspective of how to spot signs of physical and emotional abuse as well as passive or willful neglect. Today’s topic concerns financial elder abuse and how to prevent it. In May, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine reported on the federal Senior Safe Act …

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Positive attitude, great initiative describe July Employee of the Month

Muktar Mohamed is a full-time server who will be celebrating seven years of employment with The Heritage at Brentwood in September 2021. When asked about his seniority and reason for his long-term employment, he smiles before replying that he has a soft spot for the residents because they represent a plethora of grandparents that he …

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