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Bob’s Blog

Robert Speelman In 2017, I decided I was going to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA). I made this decision because I felt it was important for me to understand our company once again from the ground up. The industry was facing a major shortage of nursing assistants, and I wanted to find out why, and what we could do to fix it. My aim was to work alongside the nursing assistants in our facilities and engage them to help us solve this problem. I wanted to know why they work for us, what we do well as a company, and what we could do better. At the end of the day, I hoped to learn what makes a great caregiver and how we could get more of them.

What I wasn’t expecting was to fall back in love with our industry and our people. You see, as I rose further up in my career, I became removed from our amazing frontline staff. As an Administrator, I interacted with them every day, but when I became a Regional Director and then Vice President, the meaningful interactions became less and less. When I was at a building, it was usually for a meeting or tour. Pretty soon, everything I knew about each building was from a financial and a spreadsheet. I no longer knew our people.

My weekly visits to our facilities are now intentional. The purpose of each visit is to work with one of our amazing caregivers. To get to know them. To listen and learn. These blogs are about those visits to our facilities and the incredible caregivers that I have had the privilege to work alongside and get to know. These blogs are their stories and the lessons that I have learned. These remarkable caregivers ignited in me, once again, a love and passion for long-term care. I hope you enjoy reading them as much I have enjoyed writing them. We have an outstanding team of caregivers here at Foundations, and I am so proud to call them my friends.

Bob Speelman, STNA

Bob's Blog


LOVE, MARRIAGE AND A MIRACLE
On November 15th, the Respiratory and Nursing Center of Dayton(RND) lobby was transformed into a wedding venue. James Ford Jr., the son of RND’s beloved resident, James Ford Sr., who is a United States Air Force veteran and a long-term resident at RND, was getting married to his bride-to-be Vanessa.



Hang it on Your Heart
How does a 99-bed nursing and rehabilitation center go from 20 residents to being full in just a few years? That’s exactly what happened at Austin Trace, our center in Centerville, Ohio, just outside of Dayton. It had 20 residents when we purchased it just two years ago and has filled up since then. The reason?



Leading
Krista Sanders has been a Nursing Assistant for five years. Krista works at Johnstown Pointe, our nursing and rehabilitation center in Johnstown, Ohio. I had the honor of working alongside Krista the other day and could not have been more impressed. Krista has a strong bond with her residents and a compassion for them and their situation.



Giving His Food and His Heart
William D. Jackson III, better known as Dejay, lives the Foundations Culture of Care every day and in every way. Dejay first came to our company a little over 5 years ago as a Dietary Aide at Maria Joseph in Cincinnati. Nick Anderson, our Regional Director of Operations for the Cincinnati and Dayton Region, recalls first meeting Dejay:



Caring for Those Who Can’t Care for Themselves
Amanda, Brooke and Nikki where a team from Heaven. They were all about their residents and making sure their needs were met. From the minute I met them, they were a team.



ONE
Lamar Miller works as a Floor Tech and Housekeeper at Arlington Care Center in Newark, Ohio. But that doesn’t even begin to tell all Lamar brings to that facility.