Dependable. Intentional. Compassionate. Giving. These are just four of the words used by Assistant Lifestyles/Marketing Director Jayne to describe Carol,
Angels’ Care Associate of the month.
“Carol focuses on meeting residents’ needs in a truly kind and respectful way. To her, Angels is not just the place she works. Instead, it is the place residents call ‘home’ so she conducts herself accordingly.” Jayne notes that Carol is thoughtful, attentive to detail, and works hard to meet the many expectations that come with being a trusted care associate. She especially appreciates the way Carol is proactive in meeting
residents’ needs. “Very often residents are reluctant to join group activities, but with Carol’s encouragement and assistance, they leave their rooms and join the fun of a special event like the Red Hat Socials or ROMEO.”
Recently on her day off work, Carol volunteered to accompany residents to the Biscuits’ baseball game, so she could assist with transport, getting concessions, and restroom breaks. “Carol is always thinking of our residents and how she can help them thrive,” explained Jayne. “She puts their needs before hers and does whatever it takes to make them feel safe, comfortable and loved.”
In her time away from Angels, Carol enjoys cooking desserts, especially chocolate cakes. She is married and has two sons, two daughters and two grandchildren. She says the most rewarding part of her job is making sure the residents are okay and
happy. Her greatest challenge is meeting each resident’s individual needs. When asked what she has learned in her time at Angels, she replied that she has learned a lot about how to deal with dementia residents; since she did not have much interaction with dementia patients on her previous position with a nursing home.
We are very proud to have Carol Wychoff on our team at Angels. She is a wonderful caregiver with a great attitude and love for our residents.
Born Mary Grace, her dear friends, colleagues and Angels’ residents agree Grace lives up to her name with her easy-going temperament and gracious speech. One might think earning her PhD in educational leadership was her greatest accomplishment, but Grace says she simply used that degree to do what she loves most—teach! She began teaching at the elementary level and then as her daughter Missy grew up, so did Grace. According to Missy, her mom moved out of the classroom and into administration because “she always has an opinion.” Her colleagues admire Grace as a woman of principles who led by example. From experience, she understands true excellence requires hard work, determination and a commitment to do “the right thing the right way.”
Whether in the classroom, the community or now at Angels, Grace loves affirming and encouraging others. She draws great strength from her deep faith and counts each new day as a gift. It comes as no surprise that she puts her five grandchildren at the top of her blessings list! Grace says she would most like to be remembered for her kind spirit and care for others.
With a grandmother and two sisters who are nurses and two cousins who are surgeons, it comes as no surprise that April’s Care Associate, Ashley Smith, says she always wanted to be a nurse. Before coming to Angels, Ashley worked as a 911 dispatcher and as a medical review analyst. Though these positions were rewarding and helped her grow professionally, Ashley much prefers being a nurse at Angels where she says, “No day is ever the same as the day before.” She thrives on being challenged, on solving problems, and on helping others. She appreciates the “comfortable” atmosphere at Angels. Not only is the physical environment homelike and pleasant, but she loves how residents and staff become “intertwined like family.”
Ashley and her husband Chad live in Prattville and are proud parents of Chandler (19), Savannah (17) and Alden (13). Ashley’s hobbies include helping coach the Fountain City BMX team and creating collodian wet plate photography using an early photographic technique similar to tintypes of the 1800’s.
Angels administrative staff agrees Ashley has really “stepped up and gone the extra mile.” Her calm demeanor, genuine concern for residents, and willingness to go “above and beyond” are huge assets to the Angels’ community.