for receiving the Ruth Helms Award! We are very proud of our entire Life Enrichment Team and of their tireless efforts to make our Neighborhoods more like home.
Thank you all!
Laurie states that she is very humbled and honored to receive the award and that “I could not do, what I do, without the strong support of the Medical Care management team, which I do not take for granted. Many Administrators do not view Life Enrichment as vital. I am very grateful that our Administrator, Denise Baker does! I am also very appreciative to my husband and family (who volunteer often) and to of all my incredible staff. Our common goal is to entertain, laugh, cry, pray and live life with our elders, to love them and call them friend. You can’t have a better job than that! I am blessed!”
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION of ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS (MAAP):
The members of the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals (MAAP) are Activity Directors serving Michigan’s Nursing Homes. MAAP provides continuing educational conferences each spring and fall with Activity Professional presenters from all over the country as well as leaders in Michigan. Credits earned at the conferences are applied toward the title of Activity Director Certified (ADC). The Federal Nursing Home regulations state that qualified staff is required to serve as the Activity Director. This makes holding the ADC title very important. Each fall one member receives the most honorary Ruth Helms award. Ruth was one of founders of MAAP and her award is presented to an Activity Director that has demonstrated exemplary service and dedication in providing quality of life for the elders they serve. To honor those who go above and beyond what is expected with a vision of how our elders can continue enjoyable socialization and activities. They are nominated by their home’s Administrator and are voted upon by the MAAP Board. The 2014 Michigan Association of Activity Professional’s Ruth Helms Award recipient is Laurie Newell ADC, the Life Enrichment Director of Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. Laurie has been employed at the facility for twenty seven years and has been active in the MAAP organization for seventeen years. In the past, she served on the MAAP board for five years and has provided several workshops, including two Bible study topics with her husband, Leon as co-speaker