Employee Spotlight: Wellan
Team Lead at Tonti Drive
What do you do for Our Family Home?
I am a team lead at our Tonti Drive home in Columbus and provide care to our residents. I help our residents get ready for the day. I make breakfast, engage in activities throughout the day and socialize with them.
How long have you worked with Our Family Home?
I have been with Our Family Home for five years.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy taking care of our residents and working with our families. Alzheimer’s is hard, particularly for families. It’s not easy to understand sometimes. I try to help our families and let them know we can handle this. That we can do this together. We want to help them through this disease too.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two boys and we enjoy bowling, movies and being together.
What have you learned working with the residents at Our Family Home?
The number one thing I have learned is to be patient. You need to be patient when you’re working with an individual with Alzheimer’s. I can’t just say let’s get up. I need to be patient. To give them time. I care for our residents the way I would want someone to care for me or to care for someone I love.
How does Our Family Home give residents and families more good days?
We want to make our residents happy and we do what we can to help them. One of our residents used to be an engineer. We asked him if he wanted to put a group of pipes together. He began putting them together. He smiled and he remembered.
This company has made me who I am today. Since I started working at Our Family Home, Evan has been there for me. He kept saying you got this. You have a big heart and you can do this. I’ve learned the most important thing about any job is the people you work with. How people treat other people. At Our Family Home, it’s a real family home.