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Our People - Angels for the Elderly

Our People

Specialty Care Assisted Living

Meet Jim 

Jim was nominated as the Angels’ Employee of the Month for August by a resident whose mother is a also resident in another building. She stated, “Jim is a kind and considerate person. He will help you anytime. He always has a smile on his face and can fix anything. He has fixed things in my mother’s room anytime I ask.”

Jim has been employed as the Maintenance Director at Angels for the Elderly since February 2007. He is a “jack-of-all trades”. As the resident stated, he can fix almost anything from leaky faucets, backed up toilets, washing machines, dryers, etc. to laying new flooring, getting rooms ready for move ins, etc. Jim also trains employees on proper procedure for fire evacuation and conducts the fire drills each month. He supervises and maintains records on all life safety aspects of Angels. Even when he is off, he is available if needed – even in the middle of the night.

Jim and his wife Carolyn, who is a school nurse, have been married 25 years and have three grown sons and a daughter who is a senior in high school. They have three adorable grandchildren. Jim says whenever he has spare time he likes to play golf. He is also the pastor of Danielville Baptist Church and is very involved in supporting the youth of his community. At families’ requests, he has conducted several funerals of residents who passed away at Angels.

Congratulations to Jim. We appreciate everything you do!

Meet Carol 

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.

Meet Carolyn

Carolyn has worked at Angels for the Elderly since May of 2006. Whenever you see Carolyn, she has a smile on her face. She was described by a coworker as “always offering a helping hand and really being a TEAM player.” Carolyn’s sweet and kind nature makes her an asset to Angels and a blessing to our residents. Congratulations Carolyn for being the Care Associate of the Month! Thank you for everything you are and everything you do!

Meet Grace 

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.

Meet Martha

“Residents just love this lady!” Angels’ CRNP Adelle Hutchins says she nominated Martha Moore for May’s ASSOCIATE OF THE MONTH because of her “gentle angelic spirit that is appreciated every day by residents, staff and families.”

Martha came to Angels in March 2000 as a caregiver and in 2004, she became Activities Director. Prior to Angels, Martha worked as a respiratory therapist at Jackson Hospital for 20 years and before that, she worked as a PCTII in Jackson’s emergency room and as a member of the Jackson Stroke Team. In addition to her experience as a professional care associate, Martha also understands the challenges family caregivers face as she cared for her mother who had dementia.

Martha really appreciates the home-style setting at Angels and says being the Life Enrichment Director gives her the opportunity to do what she enjoys most. “Our residents become like our own parents. Loving what I do makes a difference. It is a privilege getting up and coming to work when you’re surrounded by love and encouragement.” Whether she’s leading a sing along or playing bunko, reminiscing with a small group or talking with residents one on one, Martha approaches activities with enthusiasm and a positive outlook. Residents know she cares about them, and they are very grateful for the way she goes “above and beyond” every day.

Martha and her husband Leroy have been married for 39 years. They have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 10 grandchildren, all of whom live out of state. Martha is very active in the choir at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church where she often serves as a lead vocalist and assists with special ministry events across the state. She deeply appreciates the opportunity she’s been given to serve others and live out her faith in the Angels’ community.

Meet Ashley

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.