2014 Conference Care Facility Meeting at Montezuma
The 2014 Conference Care Facility Workshop was held on Thursday and Friday, October 16-17, 2014 at Bethel Home and the Montezuma congregation in Montezuma, KS. Representatives from many of the different care homes and/or hospitals in the U.S. and Canada were represented. Attending from the Moundridge Manor were Kevin Unruh, Administrator; Karla Wedel, Director of Nursing; Pam Decker, Activity Director and many of the Moundridge Manor board members and spouses. We were treated superbly by the Bethel Home staff and the Montezuma congregation with delicious meals and hospitality! Starting the day off on Thursday morning was a workshop on being an ‘Employer of Choice’ presented by Dan Levitt, Executive Director of Tabor Village in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. He gave various motivating and inspirational ideas on leadership in our facilities and relationships with employees and our customers. One of his thoughts was to create a caring environment so that you can say “this is where I want to live”. The afternoon sessions on Thursday were made up of various meetings among boards, administrators, nursing directors and activity directors. Also, everyone was treated to a tour of Bethel Home’s lovely facility. On Friday at the church there was an agenda of various topics of discussion – in the afternoon the group had a ‘breakout session’ where everyone present divided into five groups and had round table discussions on either ‘Volunteering’ or ‘Stress Management’. In the evening there was a guest speaker, Minister Kelly Isaac, of the Plains View congregation at Plains, Kansas. His topic was on ‘Our Inspiration’. Here are some thoughts from Kevin Unruh, Administrator and Karla Wedel, Director of Nursing:
Kevin: It was a pleasure to attend the CCFC Meeting at Bethel Home. It is always good to be with those that work in the same environment as ourselves. As we were together we discussed many things pertaining to the administration and operation of our homes and what we can do to make them an attractive place to live. While there vision and focus is renewed. It is our goal at the Moundridge Manor that our residents have a place they can call home which is peaceful and serene with their needs and desires fulfilled. For our employees we desire an effective working environment where they are recognized for their efforts and appreciation is shown in a way to bring out the best in each one. As we work together may our lives be enriched by the things we acquire from on another.
Karla: Once again I was inspired at our annual Conference Care Facilities Meeting. I was impressed with scattered random thoughts and I will just put a few of those down:
- What is a Great workplace? Employee’s view: TRUST the people they work for; have PRIDE in what they do; and ENJOY the people they work with. Manager’s view: Achieve organizational objectives with employees who give their personal best; and work together as a team in an environment of trust!
- Thoughts on how to deal with stress . . . the need to remove ourselves from the job, leave work at work, possibly a vacation.
- How to deal with attitudes . . . can’t change others attitudes but can lead by example. Communicate, mediation may be necessary, and if you don’t deal with the problem, it can lead to stress. As a leader you are not always well liked!
Even Western Kansas smiled on us giving us beautiful, sunny days without wind! The meetings ended with an inspiring sermon telling us if you don’t have love in your heart, good things will not shine forth, no matter how many meetings or how much education you have. Lord, Teach us to Love!