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Staff Highlight: Adela Armendi Dunbebin
This week, we’re featuring a dedicated Grand Oaks team member: Adela Armendi Dunbebin. Her time at Grand Oaks began in August 2005, where she started by helping out at the front desk and in the dining room. Now, she works as an Activities Assistant—organizing activities tailored to residents’ individual needs, booking entertainment, and listening to residents to hear the activities they’d like to have at Grand Oaks. In other words, Adela makes sure Grand Oaks residents have plenty of fun things to do!
To Adela, the best part of her job is interacting with residents and making them smile. Part of what makes her career extra special is her personal connection to the senior community.
“I grew up taking care of my grandparents, and this job has made me feel a connection to my grandparents,” she says.
At Grand Oaks, there is a mix of activities that stimulate the mind and body. Our unique list of daily, weekly, and monthly activities helps improve our residents’ quality of life and brings them together to socialize and form lasting friendships. Activities include mental fitness games, reading groups, computer classes, tai chi, walking club, ballroom dancing, pet visits, birthday celebrations, and so much more.
Adela, a Certified Nursing Assistant, says she chose to work in senior care because she genuinely loves working with residents.
She has some advice for senior caregivers:
“Listen to the seniors, and you will learn a lot. They have so much knowledge to teach us.”
In her years of working in senior care, Adela says she has learned that getting along with people is important. She also believes that growing these interpersonal relationships with residents is truly “something special.”
When asked, Adela can’t choose a specific resident or experience that sticks out in her mind. “I love all my residents,” she says.
When she’s not planning entertaining activities for residents at Grand Oaks, Adela loves to spend time with her daughter, husband, and her in-laws. She also enjoys playing tennis and kayaking when she finds time.
Since 2000, Grand Oaks team members have provided high-quality, personalized assisted living services and amenities to every resident in a caring, respectful way. From nurses, to coordinators, to activities assistants like Adela, each member of the team is dedicated to giving residents the best care possible.