Employee Spotlight: April
Team Lead at Olentangy River Road
What do you do for Our Family Home?
I’m a team lead for our Olentangy River Road home. I take care of residents, and I manage a lot of the day-to-day activities in the house, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, activities, scheduling and weekly orders. I like to compare it to the things you would do to manage your own house.
How long have you worked with Our Family Home?
I started with Our Family Home in 2013.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I feel like I leave home and come home. Working at Our Family Home feels like home.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my two grandkids and also spend time caring for my mother-in-law.
What have you learned working with residents of Our Family Home?
Patience. I’ve learned to be patient, understanding and calm. Caring for people with Alzheimer’s can take a lot of your energy, but it’s important to realize the residents pick up on how you’re feeling. If you’re ragged and your energy level is low, they will pick up on it. I always try to be in good spirits and try to be upbeat so they feel good too.
Have you had a personal experience with Alzheimer’s or dementia?
I have a close family member who hasn’t been diagnosed but is showing some points of memory loss.
How does Our Family Home give residents and families more good days?
Definitely the one-on-one attention and care we’re able to give our residents and families. Every resident is different and we can tailor our care to their needs. What works for one resident is not going to work for another. We’re able to take the time to narrow things down and get to what they need. We’re also able to interact with family members. Just like if you’re at home and have family members stop by, we’re able to talk with them, listen to any concerns and put them at ease.