Employee Spotlight: Marybeth Cartmille
Director of Marketing & Admissions
What do you do for Our Family Home?
I am the Director of Marketing and Admissions for Our Family Home. I am responsible for admissions and marketing and am often the first contact with families. I also focus on memory disease education, host respite groups and workshops for individuals affected by memory disease and help with community engagement.
How long have you worked with Our Family Home?
I’ve been with Our Family Home for five years.
What do you like most about your work?
The people. From our families to our caregivers, I value the relationships I’ve built over the years with our families and with our team. I also enjoy that every day is different and every day I learn something new from our residents.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with my family and friends, cooking and reading. Marybeth also just got a new German Shepherd puppy named Dakota. Her four cats, Oliver, Lola, Callie and Mia are adjusting to their new “sibling”.
Have you been affected personally by Alzheimer’s or dementia?
Yes. My father-in-law had Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve been in this field for more than 10 years and was aware of how this disease affects people, but it was still very hard for me. I think the most difficult part was that he couldn’t appreciate the amazing people our kids were becoming as adults because of the disease.
What have you learned working with residents of Our Family Home?
I’ve learned that no matter where a resident is in the disease process, they can still teach us something new every day. They also show me joy. Even though the dementia has taken their memory, they still experience joy and they still share their joy. Whether it’s a hug or a complement, they’re still giving us their love every day and we do the same.
How does it mean to give residents and families more good days?
Our amazing staff! We believe in giving our caregivers the tools to be successful. When they have the right training and the right resources, they are better able to give our residents more good days. We empower our staff and provide a therapeutic environment.
We also have a knowledgeable and experienced clinical team, which is a foundation of our success. Our team is able to help determine what our residents might need, and they help our caregivers understand what to expect if a resident has a change in medication or a shift in behavior.
Taking the time to get know our residents and our families gives them more good days, but taking time to know what makes them happy gives them joy.