Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NCAL Awards Program Recipients Announced

Martece Yates

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has announced the 2015 recipients of its NCAL Awards Program. The program recognizes assisted living employees from around the country who demonstrate exemplary work within the profession. Each year, members may nominate colleagues for four categories: NCAL Administrator of the Year, NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year, Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living Award and the National Assisted Living Week Programming Award. 

The four award recipients for 2015 are:

NCAL Administrator of the Year: Beth Jarrell at Heritage at Dover Assisted Living, Genesis Health Care in Dover, Del.;
NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year: Bonnie Zeiler, LPN, CDP at The Village at Northrise – Homestead Unit in Las Cruces, N.M.;
NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living: Alicia Goatley from Riverside Lodge Retirement Community in Grand Island, Neb.; and
NCAL National Assisted Living Week® Programming Award: Kathy Pietrocola of The Chelsea at East Brunswick in N.J.

Jarrell has more than 25 years of experience in long term care, with the last 16 spent at Heritage at Dover Assisted Living. Due to her leadership, Heritage at Dover Assisted Living enjoys impressive customer satisfaction and staff retention rates and is a Bronze level recipient of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program.

Zeiler has been a nurse for 18 years and is the program manager of the memory care unit at The Village at Northrise. Through staff education, a focus on alternative strategies and family involvement, she has helped safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications among residents.

As a certified nursing assistant for Riverside Lodge Retirement Community, Goatley is described as dedicated, calm, caring, compassionate and respectful. She consistently encourages staff to participate in events and holidays at the assisted living community and continuously tends to residents, even when not on the clock.

Pietrocola and the other staff members of The Chelsea at East Brunswick held an engaging National Assisted Living Week® in 2014 for its residents. Honoring that year’s theme, “The Magic of Music,” the community simulated a trip across the United States, visiting major cities with strong musical backgrounds. At each destination, residents would immerse themselves in the culture with live performances, local cuisine and area fashions. 

The award winners will be recognized at a special awards ceremony on October 4, 2015, in San Antonio, Tex. during the Ninth Annual NCAL Day, held as part of the 66th Annual AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo.

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