priceless. The people you are about to meet have learned that family is not always about bloodlines. Family is grateful hearts committed to each other with story after story.
“Hugging a kitten made her forget about her pain”
Kathy is the neighborhood secretary at Wesley Rehabilitation. She’s been with Beechwood for 28 years, turning her love of animals into a family affair by bringing fostered pets in to work, providing
therapy for residents and staff alike. “These dogs and cats are members of our Beechwood family,” says Kathy. “Residents respond to pets when they are sad, maybe
missing their own families. One resident said that hugging a kitten made her forget about her pain. When an animal has touched someone here, their families often come to thank me.”
“It’s the little things”
In his position as Plant Operations Director at Blocher Homes, Jim’s job doesn’t lead him to interact with the residents. Though that hasn’t stopped him from making friends. In fact, over the four years he’s been at Blocher Homes, he knows every resident by their first name.
“It’s the little things,” says Jim, “like playing chess with a resident and getting beat three straight times. He became my friend. Blocher Homes is my home away from home and it’s changed my life.”
“Cherish every moment”
Sue was a shy 17-year old when she walked through Beechwood’s doors for the first time looking for work. Thirty-nine years later, she is Director of Staff Development with a unique insight into Beechwood’s Welcome Home culture. She says she’s had thousands of grandmothers who accept her love and provide it in return. “I grew up here,” she says. “Our culture has created limitless opportunities to interact with residents. That taught me so much about compassion and caring. Each day here is a gift and I cherish every moment. If for some reason they couldn’t pay me, I’d come to work anyway. “Caring and sharing life with these residents is not in our job descriptions. We just do it.”