It was during her last month of nursing school, while participating in a preceptorship at a rehab facility that Regina Rice discovered how much she could gain by working with seniors.
“I realized how much knowledge they had, that I could learn from them, and it was just the stories and they were funny, and… I just fell in love with them,” Rice said. “It’s like… this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Rice, a nurse at Brookdale Edgewood, was one of five winners of the 2017 Argentum Hero Award. The dedication she’s shown to residents and fellow associates was noticed by Brookdale Edgewood executive director Jeanette Bredestege, who nominated Rice for the award. A panel of judges voted to determine the winners and the awards were presented during the Argentum Senior Living Conference in Nashville, May 1-3.
“Regina is a role model for every associate in our community,” Bredestege said. “Everything she does, she does with compassion and excellence. She’s an example for excellent care and positivity. She not only sets the bar but overachieves on the need for high standards of care for our residents.”
In an Argentum-produced video, fellow Edgewood associate Rachael Tressler, a resident care associate, shared a story about how Rice helped a new resident and continuously influences her coworkers to make a positive impact.
“We had a resident that was not fitting in well. She was just not getting along with people she was kind of closed off to herself. And Regina took it upon herself to like sit down and ask the resident what her interests were, what he hobbies were, what her life was like,” Tressler said. “That got her to kinda open up out of her shell, and she does that for workers too. Regina has definitely increased my passion for the elderly.”
Rice said Brookdale’s residents and their families bring her the “most joy.”
Best of the Best
Argentum also honored Brookdale for achievement in innovative technology. Brookdale’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program captured a 2017 Best of the Best Award for showing unparalleled passion and commitment to providing an optimal environment for residents and families. Through the EIR program, Brookdale has been able to evaluate products and services intended to benefit residents and help entrepreneurs achieve their goals.Share this: