Believe it or not, my career began in property management, where I spent more than 20 years working with clients to oversee the operation and maintenance of properties. My career at the time allowed me to interact with families, get to know and connect with them personally. In particular, one family I worked with for seven years piqued my interest in senior-related diseases. I discovered the matriarch, who was vibrant, creative, and brilliant, had Alzheimer’s. Back then, I didn’t know much about the disease, but I had to watch her health dwindle slowly. With a determination and vigor to find out why this was happening to her, I searched for a solution.
As I began to find more questions than answers, I knew I wanted to work exclusively with patients to support them and their families through this journey. I started working in independent living only to find that many of the residents either developed a type of dementia or lost a loved one because of it. While it was so painful to watch, I still wanted to champion them, so I joined a support group with some of my residents who had spouses with dementia. After much research, I decided that I was passionate about doing something more; I wanted to make a difference for those living with the disease, their families, and loved ones.
Soon after, I began working for a dementia senior living community and learned so many amazing facts, approaches, and solutions to further assist those with dementia. I discovered many ways to cope with the disease and enjoy the beautiful moments of the journey with our residents and their loved ones. This opportunity would lead me to Tribute Senior Living, where I was meant to be.
When I found out about Tribute and their proactive approach to battling degenerative diseases and giving seniors hope that they have a sense of control in their own journey, I knew it was the place for me. While we are continually navigating new territory within the senior industry, I love every minute of learning, educating, and participating in the discovery of innovations. Without a doubt, I can say there’s no place I’d rather work and no better cause that allows me to support the residents I love.