Pretty, please

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maria-manicure lee-gets-a-buff-1-web alesia-bernice-manicure-webSometimes it takes so little to lift the spirits. Our weekly, free manicures keep us looking good and feeling good. Whether it’s a buff, a polish, or just time to chat and laugh, Beauty Tuesdays brighten our days!

Happy With Her Care

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betty-webThe passing of a loved one is never easy but we take comfort in knowing the final days are lived in comfort and contentment.

This kind note warmed our hearts:

We would like to thank the staff for all the love and help they gave our mom while she was there for 14 months. She was so happy with her care.

We are with heavy hearts today with our mom’s passing yesterday but happy with the great care she was given. Thank you All.

— The Family of Betty Frakes

A Success Story

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Who is that on the magazine cover?

It’s Aubree Olmstead, our executive director! The latest issue of Oregon Stater, the magazine of the Oregon State University Alumni Association, features Olmstead and her swift rise to success.

The story, “Seeking a Higher Degree of Success,” in the Spring 2017 issue, highlights Olmstead’s unique professional achievement — from college student, to intern, to executive director, in less than a year.

Olmstead grew up in Hood River and is a graduate of Oregon State University where she earned a degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy, and a minor in Business.

osu-aubree-magazine-spread-copyShe was a just over halfway through her internship at Columbia Basin Care — the region’s only non-profit, community-owned, skilled rehabilitation and nursing facilitywhen she was offered 960 more hours of supervised training, with the understanding that she would become an administrator after completion. In May 2016, at the age of 22, she became executive director of the facility, managing 100 employees and overseeing the health and care of over 60 elderly residents.

“My roles tie directly into what I studied while at Oregon State,” she told the magazine. “I truly believe my education and degree gave me a competitive advantage and the knowledge I need to ensure I am successful as I move throughout my career.”

A strong but reserved leader, Olmstead doesn’t reach for the spotlight. It was her husband who, unbeknownst to her, contacted the magazine to share his wife’s success story.

“Over the course of eight months,” Zack Schreiner told the magazine, “she went from being an unpaid intern who had not yet received her diploma to the executive director of a facility with over 100 employees, and is responsible for the care of 50-plus residents. At this time she was only 22 years old. She attributes a lot of her success to the skills and education that she gained while at Oregon State.”

Olmstead’s advice for college students also echoes her leadership style: “Look outside your comfort zone, explore options, set goals, value your time, identify a role model or mentor and take chances, but most of all respect yourself and those around you.”

To read the story, go here or here.

 

Easter: Young Hearts, Able Hands

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easter-eggs-bernice easter-eggs-georgeann easter-eggs paint-day-agnes-and-bernice paint-day-bunny-blue paint-day-bunny-pink tootsie-bunny paint-day-georgeEaster is for all ages!  We’ve enjoyed a full week of crafts and activities — from painting to egg decorating (with whip cream color!) to Tootsie Pop Bunnies and more.

Each of these fun and creative efforts are proof the heart is young and the hands are able. Residents enjoy the small actions that trigger memories — Remember penny candy, asks one woman. Yes, says another, and how about those Easter dresses?

And between the memories and joyful recollections, is the best part of the holiday: fresh laughter and new joy.