New staff announced at 63 Washington Street senior home

Mar 20, 2017
Nancy Riley

Camden — 63 Washington Street, a home for seniors has new staff ready to take on new residents and new endeavors.

After a thorough search, the Board of Directors was fortunate to attract Rockland native, Nancy Riley, to be the new administrator for 63 Washington. Riley brings considerable experience as a professional in the business of caring for seniors. She holds several years as an administrator in assisted living and brings compassion to her work with seniors. In addition, Riley is knowledgeable in the regulations and requirements that frame the quality of care for seniors residing in an assisted living facility.

While Riley retired after working at Talbot House, she missed the contact with senior residents and came out of retirement to join 63 Washington Street. Riley holds her CRMA license (Certified Residential Medication Aide), which permits her to distribute medications to residents per physician orders, as well as holding certification as a Personal Support Specialist. In addition, Riley has several years of experience as a guardian/conservator for the elderly.

With her hire in November 2016, Riley brought renewed laughter into the house as well as lots of energy. She is conscientious, working hard to give our seniors the best care, while accommodating their interests and tastes, according to a news release.

"If I can make a positive difference in somebody’s life it makes the day all worthwhile. I am proud to work for 63; every day is different," Riley said in a news release.

Riley is respected by staff, some of whom are new and all are working as a team, covering the recent snowstorms with double shifts. All staff members are CRMA certified and participate in regular in-service training in multiple aspects of health care. Riley describes the staff as highly experienced, loving and caring bringing more than 75 years of collective experience to their work.

Janice Hofer joined the staff in 2012. In addition to many years of experience in senior care, she has a reputation as an excellent cook and administrative experience running her own bed and breakfast. She holds the CRMA, PSS and a bachelor's degree in human growth and development. Kaela Bennett is new to this line of work but comes highly committed, holding the CRMA as well. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree in nursing. Dodie Freeman, also new to 63 Washington, brings more than 25 years of experience, holding the CRMA and CNA; she is eager to accommodate the residents and make them feel comfortable. Julie Pease holds the CRMA and joined the staff at 63 Washington St. in 2013 when she hired on as the live-in night staff. She also has previous administrative experience and is beloved by the residents. Deb St. Yves, CRMA and PSS certified, has almost 20 years of experience in caregiving and holds an AA as a medical assistant.

All staff hands were on deck, Board Members too, to celebrate resident Paul Moran’s 91st birthday with a “Make your own Sundae” party. Moran has been living at 63 for two years. Moran, formerly a Rockland resident, was the owner of Moran Insurance. He thought he would never want to leave his home but then 63 became his home when he realized that there would always be someone there to do the things he didn’t want to do, such as cooking or laundry.

”There is always someone to help, to talk to, to take care of the things [he] no longer wants to have to do," his daughter Patti Moran said. “I cannot imagine any place more suited for him at this stage in his life.”

Currently 63 Washington Street has vacancies for seniors, over 60, who are seeking relief from household chores and responsibilities. Licensed staff supervise meds to be sure they are taken properly. In addition, they assist residents in getting to appointments and aid with activities of daily living as needed. Respite care (short term stay) is also available. Caregivers who need to take a vacation can be assured that their loved one will receive care by certified staff while they are away or gain the needed rest they need to continue care. Or should your loved need additional assistance after rehabilitation services, 63 Washington can provide an opportunity for him/her to gain confidence in performing daily activities before returning home alone.

63 Washington Street is a non-profit, Level 3 Assisted Living home for seniors, located in Camden. Call for a tour today for any of our services. Nancy Riley, Administrator, can be reached Monday-Thursday for an appointment at 236-3638.

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