Amy Whitehead says valuing internal promotion sends a positive message to staff
Amy Whitehead joined the Frost Manor life enrichment team in February 2019, and a little over two years later, in May 2021, she became the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).
The fact she was able to move into a management position at the home so quickly attests to the value OMNI Health Care and Frost Manor place on promoting team members from within, Amy says.
Amy says this is important on two levels.
On one hand, valuing internal promotion sends a positive message to staff members seeking to advance their careers that there is a path for them to do so, Amy says.
But it’s also important for the residents, she adds.
“I also think it’s very important for the residents because … we have such a great rapport with the residents, and it makes the transition for them so much easier to have that familiar face,” Amy tells The OMNIway.
Amy, who has a degree in health sciences with a focus on kinesiology, says she applied to become a life enrichment aide at Frost Manor two and a half years ago because she was interested in a job focused on providing activities for seniors.
While she has now moved into a management position, she says she still enjoys working one-on-one with residents and working shifts on the floor.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” she says.
As a life enrichment aide, Amy worked with Lyndsay Burton, who was then the home’s LEC. Lyndsay did a great job creating and organizing programs residents love, Amy says.
Looking ahead, Amy says what she’s looking forward to most is building upon the programs Lyndsay developed.
“We have a very high engagement for (those programs) here, and being able to keep that up for residents is something I am really looking forward to,” she says.
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PHOTO CAPTION: In this August 2019 file photo, Amy Whitehead (right), who is now Frost Manor’s LEC, “holds her breath” along with then-LEC Lyndsay Burton while celebrating the “under the sea” theme at the home for that month.