Moundridge Manor provides new work shoes for staff
MOUNDRIDGE, KAN. – With grant funding from KING Safety Foundation Moundridge Manor to offer stipends to tenured workers to purchase proper supportive footwear.
Did you know that the average nursing care worker averages over 10-thousand steps during their shift? That doesn’t include the other steps they take in their day as they juggle the demands of work and family life. Maintenance workers climb, housekeepers run carts. The kitchen staff stand for most of their day. There is also the concern of injury. Even good shoes wear down and lose their ability to support proper gait and surface grip.
Since working at Moundridge Manor means taking many steps, the facility decided to pursue this grant and their own resources to offer a step up to their staff.
“Proper, supportive work shoes are essential for back, hip, and knee health” said Christine Koehn, a nurse who sparked the initiative. “For all of our hardworking and enduring staff this is an especially personal, tangible benefit we can offer to them.”
Moundridge Manor is partnering with local shoe retailer Brown’s Shoe Fit in McPherson, Kan. to supply shoes for the project. Owner Ian Miller was happy to support the project. His shop supplies several local businesses with footwear for work safety.
In addition to this program, Moundridge Manor has recently launched several cost-saving benefits to help employees make the most of their payroll dollars. Under the umbrella of the ManorPerks Marketplace, all Manor workers, including volunteers have access to savings on purchases they already make every day. These include a fuel cost-sharing and savings plan; corporate cell phone plan with low-cost rate; access to purchase savings for students and families such as discounts on computers and food.
“We are always on the lookout for ways which benefit our employees”, said Kevin Unruh, the Manor’s administrator. “Each employee is special, bringing their talents and wisdom to create an awesome team. We appreciate all the effort and dedication they show to the Manor, and we want to reward them.”
The Step Up program will be available until funds are depleted, so all eligible employees will be able to take advantage of the benefit.
Shannon Unruh, one of the Manor’s charge nurses says she expected such a program would be available.
“I’m not surprised that Moundridge Manor would offer something like this. They always put their employees’ welfare high. They’re always looking out for us.”
Founded in 1976, Moundridge Manor, Inc. is an adult care home sponsored by the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite in Moundridge, Kansas. Known for its top-rated care and Christ-centered community, the Manor is recognized by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services as a five-star facility. The home is licensed with 78 beds and is equipped to serve residents with a variety of needs.