The Nest | Vol. 1, Iss. 1

It’s often the seemingly smallest acts of kindness that make the biggest impact.

Red Carpet Moments

CAROLE MIETELSKI

LINN COUNTY, IOWA De recho Impact

VIVIAN

Commun i t y D i rect o r

Res i dent

COVID-19 has repeatedly shone a light on the many leaders within the Jaybird Senior Living portfolio who demonstrate exemplary red carpet service in all they do. One such leader is Carole Mietelski, Community Director for Milestone Senior Living in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Carole has dedicated herself to upholding the safety of her residents while providing unmatched health care. When a staff member is unable to work shift, it is not uncommon for her to stay on-site, exclaiming, “We’re all in this together!” Despite ever changing Coronavirus protocols, completing her administrator license classes, marketing the community, and picking up shifts as a caregiver, Carole has been a selfless example to her residents and staff. Her team describes her as a ‘tough cookie’ and the ‘calrm during the storm.’ Carole, thank you for your continued commitment to Milestone Senior Living!

On August 10th, a massive storm ripped through the Midwest causing widespread wind damage and destruction. One of the most impacted areas was Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which sustained 140 mph winds. Four Jaybird Senior Living properties are located in Linn County: Emery Place in Robbins and Corridor Crossing Place, Garnett Place and Prairie Hills in Cedar Rapids. Thankfully, no staff or residents were injured during the weather event, but buildings and grounds were impacted, requiring days of cleanup and repair. As a result of downed powerlines, many were without power for over a week. In response to the crisis, these properties offered immediate housing for seniors impacted by the derecho, or windstorm. Heartfelt thanks go out to the team members in these communities for maintaining safety with quick thinking, resident check-ins every 15 minutes, and generator procurement!

While visiting with Vivian and one of her long-time friends one day after Happy Hour, Arlington Place of Oelwein’s Life Enrichment Coordinator, Shenita, learned what a great golfer Vivian had been. The trio discussed the favorable weather and the need to get out for some putting practice. That’s when Shenita decided to bring the putting green to Vivian! While perfecting her short-game from the comfort of the Arlington Place hallways, Vivian was all smiles. As she lined up each putt, she would assess her stance, adjust her grip, and strategize her next swing. After each swing she would exclaim, “Yippie!” Vivian recalled many fond memories from golfing rounds past and was thrilled to have the opportuntiy to make new memories at Arlington Place. Way to go, Vivian! Thank you to Shenita and the Arlington Place team for coordinating this special moment for your resident!

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