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Hickory Villa team member makes significant impact on residents dealing with memory change.

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Hickory Villa team member makes significant impact on residents dealing with memory change.

Our very own Cindy Koperski, Activities Director, is making a notable impact on the lives of our residents, while inspiring other staff to do the same! She is one of the many Bethesda Senior Living care givers training in Teepa Snow's POSITIVE APPROACH™ - a progressive therapy for helping seniors and their families recognize and manage the early signs of memory change. 

As Activities Director at Hickory Villa, Cindy Koperski is intent on meeting each resident’s needs by involving them in engaging, meaningful, and productive programs. Using Teepa Snow’s POSITIVE APPROACH™, Cindy has identified strengths in individuals which have allowed her to support those residents, as well as others suffering from dementia related challenges. No matter where a resident finds themselves in their journey of life, we personalize ways to connect through music, communication, and touch.

“I find fulfillment in enriching the lives of our residents one senior at a time through a variety of activities and outings. Whether it’s getting one on one time chatting with them about past interests, sharing a laugh between each other, or providing them with a weekly manicure, the connection on a personal level is what I find most rewarding.

Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, or a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”

Cindy has been a dedicated team member with over fifteen years of service to Hickory Villa. She values and cherishes the time she spends with the residents every day.

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1. Pam Haizlip wrote:
I have had disappointing circumstances of late and I don't have during my work day to discuss with anyone. When I do get the opportunity to talk with someone after hours or on the weekend, it has been very discouraging. Concerns, schedules posted on the door are definitely not being followed , missing clothes, and finding clothes in the room that are not my mothers are found when I visit. I've had requests for assistance that have gone unacknowledged and I'm made to feel that I am nuisance when I call with my concerns and feedback so I try to refrain from calling. When I have been there and look for assistance, the staff is on their cell phone and appear to be irritated when I stand there until they get off their phones. I suppose I need someone to tell me how, and to whom, to communicate my requests and concerns to that actually care. I've talked to kitchen employees that have helped me more than others - good kids! I would like to see a "therapy" dog scheduled to stop in and visit with the residents. I've visited other homes and it is a blessing to see the enjoyment with those living in the home. Their faces light up and they can do nothing but smile to have a friendly face come up and give them a happy lick on the face. Anyway, I'm sure my frustration will subside, but I care so much for my mother who doesn't even know who I am anymore, that I will not give up on her - ever.

Sat, April 21, 2018 @ 7:59 PM

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