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We are very fortunate to have three skilled and compassionate Social Services Advisors, who are sponsored by the Benevolent Fund, and available every day to support residents through the changes and complexities of aging. These advisors work with over more than half of the total resident population, leading support groups, guiding residents through difficult times, helping coordinate hospital admissions and rehabilitation, and being an advocate when needed.
Let’s meet Corrine!
What would you like us to know about you?
I’m an animal lover and currently have 4 cats and a dog. I’ve also had guinea pigs, iguanas, a tarantula, a scorpion and a python over the years.
When a resident expresses how much they appreciate you, what did you do to help?
I’ve had a number of residents thank me for helping them with being proactive with their advance care planning. Oftentimes a resident will call and admit they are starting to think about all of the “what if’s” that can happen and they don’t have a plan. “What if” I go to the hospital and need to come to the C&R? “What if” I don’t have any children to help me when I need it? Being able to walk residents through what they need legally like naming a Power of Attorney, or explaining the process for various unforeseen scenarios has brought many a thank-you to all three of us in Social Services. I think giving folks the tools they need for peace of mind is one of the most satisfying aspects of my job.
What aspects of your daily work encourage you?
The residents are the most amazing group of folks I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When I see people in the 80s, 90s and even into their 100s who are as vibrant and energetic as many of Panorama’s residents are, I can’t help but be encouraged about life in general. Panorama residents certainly have added another whole definition to the word retirement.
What have you learned about aging from your work here at Panorama? Has it influenced the way you think about your own aging process?
It’s a cliché but most definitely, I would say it has been driven home that “age is just a number”. I am closing in on Medicare age in a couple of years and the knowledge I have gained about the aging process, Medicare and LTC options has been invaluable.
Let’s end on a fun note. What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
My dad purchased a Honda 55 motorcycle when I was in the 4th grade and he taught me to ride it. That was DEFINITELY my favorite “toy”!
Is there something else you would like to share?
I just want to thank all of the residents at Panorama who support the Benevolent Fund and our department with their generous donations that gives me the opportunity to work at the best job I have ever had!
Thank you Corrine for all you give to enriching the quality of lives at Panorama.
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