Jacquelyn / CNA
After being recognized as the Employee of the Month, Jackie’s colleagues helped her celebrate with a delicious cake. According to Jackie, “What I like about working at Kindred is that every day is different. And you get to really know the patients and their families. It can be stressful sometimes, but it is such a joy when patients improve and wean from the ventilators so they can do rehab and go home to their families again. I’m glad to be a part of the team that helps them recover.”
Sameer / Patient
When Sameer came to Kindred for treatment for a rare and very serious bone infection in his legs, his kidneys were failing and his body was being ravaged by the disease. His team of caregivers worked closely together and thanks to their care and antibiotic IV treatments, Sameer’s health turned around. After his recovery, Sameer surprised everyone on staff when he dropped in for a visit and shared how his health and his life have been completely turned around by this experience. “I am now the vice president of my company,” Sameer proudly declared. “And I would love the opportunity to volunteer here and speak with patients who may be down and could be uplifted and inspired by my story.”
Jennifer / OT & Agency Administrator
Jennifer is leading the fight against Parkinson’s disease by starting a Rock Steady Boxing program at her office. Rock Steady Boxing is a “fun, engaging and effective way for people with Parkinson’s to enhance their quality of life and even build strength, flexibility and speed,” says Jennifer. The classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and offered free to people with Parkinson’s disease.
Sunny / PT
Following his master’s program, Sunny began working with older patients and admires the fact that regardless of their age they all are children at heart. “The best part for me about treating older adults is helping them understand what they need help with,” Sunny says. “It is incredibly rewarding to explain to my patients how physical therapy will make it easier for them to function and then see them make progress and regain a better quality of life.” Sunny called upon his experiences and creativity when the call went out to come up with theme/tagline for celebrating and commemorating “Rehab Week” at Kindred. His entry, “Recover Function. Increase Independence. Move Forward.” was selected as the winner.
Mildred / Resident
Mildred came to Kindred for advanced respiratory care and rehabilitation and requiring full assistance as she was unable to take care of her daily needs. She began to make progress under the care of her team of respiratory therapists and was eager to participate with her physical and occupational therapists to regain her mobility and independence through the Move Out of Bed Early program. “My daughter and I are both very pleased with the care I received,” Mildred shared. “I have never been at another facility where everyone – no matter what department they were in – would stop by and say hello and greet me on a daily basis.”