Madigan Estates holds staff appreciation day

12 years ago

    Madigan Estates recently held its annual National Nursing Home Week/Staff Appreciation Day with a luncheon, awards and gift prize drawings.
    To start the program, Brenda Brown, administrator of Madigan Estates, addressed the staff present at the luncheon.
    “We truly appreciate all of your hard work and the care you give to all the residents,” she said. “It’s clear to all who see you work that your gift of help and caring comes straight from the heart. We thank you for your dedication and for always doing your share.”
Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
BU-madigan-dc1-pt-22RECOGNIZED — Staff at Madigan Estates was recognized during the annual National Nursing Home/Staff Appreciation Day held May 17 with a luncheon and presentation of service award pins.

    Brown’s two children – Jim and Debbie – along with 30-year employee Carol Swallow also thanked the staff for their support and caring and told a few stories about Brown, as well.
    Presented with their five-year pins were: Carol Berentes, Helena Cochran, Natasha Hardy, Ethel Jamie, Felicia McLaughlin and Lynn Tuck; 10 years, Greg Anderson, Michele MacDonald and Michael “Shawn” Malone; 15 years, Sherry Emery, Jeanette Levasseur and Pam McGary; 20 years, Debbie Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Fitzpatrick, Melissa Grant, Anna Honeycutt, Joni King and Robin Varney; 25 years, Jim Brown; and 35 years, Deanne Hunter.
    “You comfort each resident and provide the best of care every day to our residents,” said Brown. “You make such a difference with the work that you do. You give your heart to others every single day.
Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
BU-CLR-madigan-dc2-pt-22FAMILY TIES — Madigan Estates is a family-operated nursing home facility and receiving service award pins during National Nursing Home Week/Staff Appreciation Day were, from left, Jim Brown, 25 years; Brenda Brown, administrator; and Debbie Fitzpatrick, 20 years; back, Kristi Brown, Randy McFarland, Deanne Hunter, 32 years and Darcy Smith.

    “It takes special people to care as much as you do, with dedication and warmth in all you do,” she added. “Every day you work hard. You are all very special.”     
    National Nursing Home week was observed May 13-19, with a theme this year “Celebrating the Journey.” 
    On May 13, Madigan Estates kicked off their week of festivities and celebration with their annual Mother’s Day Open House. Rueline Geishecker and her violinists, Shiretown Strings, provided an assortment of tunes, which was thoroughly enjoyed. Mike Gogan delivered an oration on the importance of Mothers, including his own, in our lives. Refreshments followed.
    Monday was dedicated to resident appreciation day. The afternoon entertainment was provided by Sandy Grant, who always has everyone clapping their hands and tapping their feet. The residents were honored with cards expressing the staff’s appreciation for their individual traits and the joy they bring to the staff’s job and life.
    Tuesday was appreciation day for children volunteers. The students of the Greater Houlton Christian Academy were highlighted. The children were presented with hats, which they decorated for themselves with the assistance of the residents. Ice cream sundaes were also made and conversation shared. Other volunteers were acknowledged for their continued service and were presented with a certificate of appreciation.
    Wednesday an all-day indoor carnival was held. This was exciting for anyone who stopped by as there were many games played in which the competition amongst friends was intense. One resident caught eight fish simultaneously on one fishing line! How many fishermen can say they’ve done that?
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BU-madigan-dcx2-pt-22INSTRUCTION — Paula Clark, left, and Lydia Bragen, residents of Madigan Estates, along with Yvonne Henderson, a student at GHCA, listen for instructions as they work on a craft together during National Nursing Home Week.

    Thursday was Staff Appreciation Day. The morning started with a cup of Tim Hortons coffee and in the afternoon all staff members were recognized with a gift card. The staff was presented with service award pins.
    Friday was the return of the potato bar in which potato puffs are individually topped with their favorite toppings, be it bacon, sour cream, cheese(s), onions, peppers, whatever the desire.
    These are just a few of the highlights for the week of “Celebrating the Journey.” “The important thing that was expressed this week was that each resident and staff member plays a very important part in one another’s lives. Although some life events have occurred already, more events are to come, which will add to another chapter on the journey,” said Brown.