Bowling Green State University
I am a senior at Bowling Green State University and will graduate with a bachelor degree in Long Term Care Administration this spring. During my early teens, I developed a keen interest in the healthcare field, and my passion grew when my grandmother moved in with my father and me. Experiencing her aging process proved to be a catalyst for my interest in the elderly, and has motivated me to positively affect their living arrangements and lives. Currently, I am completing my Administrator in Training with Avon Oaks, located in Avon. Avon Oaks is family owned, has been rated a five-star facility for three years and counting, has a dementia care unit, short and long term rehabilitation services, and was the first senior care facility in the state of Ohio to establish child care services. The team of professionals at Avon Oaks embraces the value of dignity, honesty, trust, respect, and appreciation.
My experience thus far has been very educational. I have had the privilege to learn from the administrator who has been there for 24 years, as well as the owners. The staff welcomed me warmly, and made me feel a part of the “team,” and not just an “intern.” I was able to witness crucial meetings that have provided me invaluable insights. I have been able to work with each department individually so I can see how a nursing home operates collectively. My supervisor has given me projects to complete in order to get my feet wet, and give me experience. The knowledge I have gained from the residents and their families will be forever cherished. I have listened to their compliments, complaints, frustrations, and have been able to implement improvements. I have been there to take them on walks, sit with them during meals, and hold their hand. Throughout my internship I have realized how stressful being a nursing home administrator can be however, the rewards are rewarding.
It has been a privilege to be a part of the Ohio Scholars of Aging program, and meet peers who share a passion for the older population. I have gained great knowledge from networking with members of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education, as well as members of the Ohio Department of Aging. I was able to listen to speakers involved in various fields of aging, and the members have broadened my horizons. I learned of other’s experiences and hardships, and the exchanges of ideas and solutions. Experiencing this program will prove to be of great benefit, and I am motivated to get more involved and volunteer my time in order to make a difference. It was a great opportunity to be a part of, and I will encourage others to help make a difference.
As a participant of the Ohio Scholars of Aging Program, and completing my AIT, I realized I have made the correct career choice. Meeting the amazing people in the field and interacting with the residents has been reassuring. When I get the opportunity to administer a facility, I am confident that I will have the best interests of the residents in the forefront of my mind, and will experience growth at a regular and steady pace. I am very appreciative of the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program, and feel I have been enriched from the experience.