Regina Rice, wellness nurse at Brookdale Edgewood, knew she wanted to work with seniors after a rotation in nursing school. The wisdom, stories and laughter her patients shared inspired her career in senior living.
“I just fell in love with them. It’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she said.
Her passion was on full display at the 2017 Argentum Hero Awards Gala where she received a Hero Award for exemplifying the excellence, caring and dedication of those serving residents in the senior living field.
Each year, senior living company leaders and executive directors nominate associates who are mission-driven and represent the high standards residents and families expect when choosing care. A panel of judges voted to determine five winners nationally.
Brookdale Edgewood Executive Director Jeannette Bredestege said she nominated Regina for being a champion for residents in both the memory care unit and for the assisted living side. She makes residents’ needs her priority and will not stop until those needs are met, even if it means spending some personal time at work. Regina also believes that training other associates is important and spends a lot of personal training time with them to ensure the residents receive the best care.
“Regina is a role model for every associate in our community," said Jeannette. "Everything she does, she does with compassion and excellence. She’s an example for excellent care and positivity. She not only sets the bar but overachieves on the need for high standards of care for our residents."
There are countless stories of her tireless compassion. She’s clothed a resident who moved in with few belongings, taken the time to get to know a resident who wasn’t fitting in well and came in on a day off to visit with a resident’s family.
“The residents and their families bring me the most joy,” said Regina. “I love them, all of them. They are my family.”
Click here to watch Argentum’s video about Regina.