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We are proud of Indiana’s more than 68,000 senior living professionals who are providing exceptional care to Hoosier seniors residing in long-term and post-acute care communities across the state. We are awed by their unwavering commitment and unmatched passion to deliver person-centered care to Hoosier seniors. Join us as we spotlight some of our state’s brightest long-term care heroes and get inspired by their passion, career journey and the tremendous impact they are making on Indiana’s communities.
The bond between our seniors and caregiver never ceases to amaze us!
Kiley Furnish is employed as a physical therapy assistant at TLC Management’s Wesleyan Health & Rehab since 2018. She is very passionate about her job and loves caring for her residents. Jim Fall has been a resident at the Wesleyan Health & Rehab since October 2019. Kiley observed that Jim had given up on himself and had lost all hopes, but after learning about everything he went through in WW2 being a Prisoner of War, she was determined to help him and not lose hope.
Kiley went above and beyond to not only give Jim physical therapy but the much-needed motivation and encouragement to lift up his sprits. It melts our heart as Jim credits Kiley for instilling hope, reinvigorating his life with positivity and pushing him in the gentlest way to not give up.
Thank you, Kiley for taking exceptional care of Hoosier seniors!
Diana Feasby has been passionately serving long-term care residents as a nurse for more than 30 years. Her favorite part of the job is the clinicals as she loves getting to know the residents and hear about their lives, families and just spend time with them. She strongly believes that for the residents that do not have family, you became their family! She mentions how she loves seeing their eyes light up and how happy they are when they see a familiar face that they can talk too.
Diana started working at Saint Anne Communities (SAC) Rehab Facility a week after the unit opened 17 years ago and she has since then been employed with Saint Anne’s and calls this place as her home.
“There have been so many changes and challenges since COVID-19 and are still happening on a daily basis. We have many staff members who continue to work through all these changes where other facilities have staff are quitting,” says Diana. “We have a lot of dedicated staff as we have staff that have been here longer than myself. This in itself is why St. Anne’s is a great place to work.”
Diana will be retiring from her role in 2023, but is looking forward to continuing with SAC on a PRN basis as she doesn’t think she can just walk away from all the residents and friends that she has made over the years. This is truly the definition of what it means to be a Long Term Care Hero, with the love and dedication of taking care of residents as they are your own family!
Thank you Diana, for your dedication to Hoosier seniors for the past 30 years!
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Every day, more than 2 million Americans are cared for in long term care facilities.
Nearly two-thirds of short-term nursing home patients return home after receiving therapy.
Over the next three decades, the United States will see unprecedented growth in its senior population as Baby Boomers age.
Frequently, long-term care is needed when an individual has serious, ongoing health conditions or disabilities. Long term care facilities provide quality care for chronic and traumatic health issues while giving families peace of mind that their loved one is cared for.
No. Long-term care facilities serve a variety of patients, including those in need of rehabilitation after a hospital stay. Some long-term facilities serve individuals with specific needs such as those living with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, those who need physical, occupational or speech therapy, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Long-term care staff deliver personalized, custom care to residents. Over the past 40 years, nursing homes have advanced to provide care that is tailored to patients’ individual needs.
Dedicated long term care staff are working hard to keep residents safe during the pandemic, following guidance issued by federal and state public health officials, including upholding strong infection control policies. See some of the ways staff protect long term care patients here.
In addition to protecting residents’ physical health, long term care facilities are prioritizing patients’ mental health during COVID-19 by finding innovative ways to entertain and connect residents with loved ones. These stories show how communities are coming together to make residents smile.
Many families face the difficult decision of placing a loved one in the care of others. Understanding your long-term care options can help make the transition easier. Did you know there are more than 500 long-term care facilities in Indiana? Use our Care Finder to search for facilities that accommodate varying needs.
Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new career opportunity, now is a perfect time to launch a career in long-term care. Get connected with skilled nursing and assisted living communities across Indiana that are recruiting for open positions and training programs.