Allow Me to Introduce Myself

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Amanda Reseburg

New Administrator

Being brand new ANYWHERE can be daunting….new faces, new names, new rules, new ways of doing things….

But when the place is as tight-knit and home-like as Homestead, it adds a whole new level of nervousness!

My name is Amanda Reseburg and I am the brand new Administrator at Homestead Living. I wanted to reach out and introduce myself to the Homestead family. I am beyond excited to be joining you and I hope that I can bring a positive approach, humor, and a background rooted in care for the aging population to my new role.

A little bit about me:


I grew up in Beloit, WI. I’ve lived in Beloit, Milwaukee, Oceanside California, and now in the woods outside of Edgerton

I have a degree in Sociology from Carroll University. I spent the past 11 years as a self-employed photographer and hospice volunteer. I started one of the country’s only volunteer hospice photography programs that has been featured in places such as PBS and Professional Photographer Magazine.

I met my husband in high school (we didn’t quite get along then, but he eventually won me over) and I’ve been married for 13 years. We have three red-headed little girls: Betty, Molly, and Bridget.

My outside interests include cross stitch, cleaning, living history museums, and Broadway shows (especially Hamilton)!

I am one of those folks who grew up always wanting to be around people older than myself. Some of my first friends were an elderly couple that lived next door to us when I was about five years old. I spent nearly every day at their home. My best friend growing up was my Grams Betty. She was the greatest person I’ve ever known and everything I do in life I feel like I have her on my shoulder as my little “guardian angel” of sorts, steering me In the right direction.

I always knew I wanted a career working with the elderly population and I am so fortunate to have found a place like Homestead. Homestead’s story and their community drew me in from the first time I saw their website and I am so excited to be given the opportunity to join this unique family.

I anticipate meeting everyone, if I haven’t already. Please feel free to pop into the office and say hello.

Thank you for the warm welcome and let’s continue to make Homestead the best memory care in the area!

Now Hiring Caregiver Specialists!

We are searching for the best in the business! True professionals with fabulous dementia-care skills and a hunger to learn!
Homestead Living is currently hiring Caregiver Specialists for ALL shifts, including “swing” shifts for flexible schedules.

If you’re intelligent, dedicated and have experience with Person-Centered Dementia Care, come join us!

Find our application HERE and contact our Administrator Amanda for an interview at 608-850-4630

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Family Night! October 30th 5:30 PM

I am excited to invite you to our upcoming Family Night!

We will gather from 5:30 – 7:00pm on Monday, October 30th, at the Waunakee Senior Center, located at 333 S Madison Street in Waunakee.

We will have a light dinner and time for conversation.  At 6:00pm, our partner Agrace Hospice will be presenting a program from their Educational Institute titled, Grief 101: Tips for Self-care and Supporting Others though Loss. 

This presentation is appropriate for all of us who may be at some stage in our own grieving process or who may be in a position to support others who are grieving.  The presentation will cover the basics of grief and the grieving process, as well as common reactions to grief and appropriate expectations for people who are grieving.  Learn words and phrases that are helpful – and some that are hurtful – to grieving people, as well as ways to promote healthy survivorship.

Please RSVP to Becky Geoghegan Smith at homesteadliving@tds.net or 608-850-4630.  If you get voicemail, please feel free to leave a message.

This will be a good opportunity for us to meet and have a chance to sit and talk - as it has been a busy few months in our Home.

I look forward to seeing everyone!

 

 

Becky Geoghegan Smith

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I’d like to introduce you to our new Administrator: Becky Geohegan-Smith joined Homestead Living in December of 2016.

Becky grew up in the Mazomanie – Black Earth area and attended Wisconsin Heights High School.  She says her passion for working with the Elderly comes naturally, “The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”  Becky grew up watching her mother’s work in community outreach with the elderly population in Mazo - Black Earth.  “My mother really set an example for the kind of career I would pursue,” Becky says, “I try to practice the same respect and dignity that she modeled.”  Becky learned many of her caregiving values from her mother; emulating the way that her mother embraced their community and worked to make it stronger by approaching each person she encountered as an individual, “It was never a job for her, it was just a way of life.” 

Becky received her CSW from the State of Wisconsin after completing her degree at Edgewood College, where she studied Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Human Services. Becky lives in Madison with her husband Liam, who is a CNA in UW Hospital’s Oncology Unity.  Becky has worked in the Madison area at Attic Angels and Belmont and comes to Homestead as a highly regarded and well-respected member of the Dane County Memory Care Community. 

“There was never a question in my mind that this was what I was meant to do,” says Becky, “There is something really special about being able to share the final chapter of someone’s life with them.”  Becky is honored to have been able to share the stories, accomplishments, and experiences of the people that she has worked with at Belmont and Attic Angels.  “Aging can be scary for some people.  And I like to think that I can provide some comfort.” Becky values a dignified end of life as highly as she values a life well-lived.

Becky is excited to be joining the Homestead family.  “The most important thing I can do is listen and learn,” Becky says of undertaking this new adventure. She is looking forward to leading with a team approach and a culture of collaboration at Homestead, “Everyone who has worked in the field, or has a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s or other Dementias has expertise that is worth sharing.” 

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Becky to Homestead.  She is a great fit with our core values and caregiving philosophies:  She has years of experience with person-centered Memory Care, a passion for aging in place, and a huge appetite for learning, growth, and innovation.  With Becky at the helm, Homestead Living can maintain our quality of care, while also building on our current program and continuing to evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Hiring Caregiver Specialists

We are looking for compassionate, intelligent and responsible employees.

Qualified applicants will have experience with Person Centered Dementia Care. CNA preferred. However, we will train the right individual.

We offer higher than industry-average starting wages, benefits, training/tuition incentives and holiday, overtime, and night shift incentives. We are also committed to promoting from within.

Please call Becky at 608-850-4630.

Congratulations to Emma Krueger! Our Phenomenal Art Therapy Intern!

Emma exhibited her final Art Therapy practicum project along with her classmates at Edgewood College.  Congratulations to Emma!  And a big THANK YOU to Emma for spending so many hours at Homestead.  Your work is beautiful to look at, fun to touch, and an inspiration to be part of.  Your energy and ability is a gift to all of us.    Emma will be spending the summer in Germany working with  The Peace Paper Project (http://www.peacepaperproject.org), creating art with Syrian refugee children.  Homestead is so proud to have been a part of Emma's education and we wish her all the best!  

Emma exhibited her final Art Therapy practicum project along with her classmates at Edgewood College.  Congratulations to Emma!  And a big THANK YOU to Emma for spending so many hours at Homestead.  Your work is beautiful to look at, fun to touch, and an inspiration to be part of.  Your energy and ability is a gift to all of us.  

Emma will be spending the summer in Germany working with  The Peace Paper Project (http://www.peacepaperproject.org), creating art with Syrian refugee children.  Homestead is so proud to have been a part of Emma's education and we wish her all the best!  

Introducing Becky Roemer!

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I’d like to introduce you to our new Administrator: Becky Roemer will be joining Homestead Living on December 12!  

Becky grew up in the Mazomanie – Black Earth area and attended Wisconsin Heights High School.  She says her passion for working with the Elderly comes naturally, “The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”  Becky grew up watching her mother’s work in community outreach with the elderly population in Mazo - Black Earth.  “My mother really set an example for the kind of career I would pursue,” Becky says, “I try to practice the same respect and dignity that she modeled.”  Becky learned many of her caregiving values from her mother; emulating the way that her mother embraced their community and worked to make it stronger by approaching each person she encountered as an individual, “It was never a job for her, it was just a way of life.” 

Becky received her CSW from the State of Wisconsin after completing her degree at Edgewood College, where she studied Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Human Services. Becky lives in Madison with her husband Liam, who is a CNA in UW Hospital’s Oncology Unity.  Becky has worked in the Madison area at Attic Angels and Belmont and comes to Homestead as a highly regarded and well-respected member of the Dane County Memory Care Community. 

“There was never a question in my mind that this was what I was meant to do,” says Becky, “There is something really special about being able to share the final chapter of someone’s life with them.”  Becky is honored to have been able to share the stories, accomplishments, and experiences of the people that she has worked with at Belmont and Attic Angels.  “Aging can be scary for some people.  And I like to think that I can provide some comfort.” Becky values a dignified end of life as highly as she values a life well-lived.

Becky is excited to be joining the Homestead family.  “The most important thing I can do is listen and learn,” Becky says of undertaking this new adventure. She is looking forward to leading with a team approach and a culture of collaboration at Homestead, “Everyone who has worked in the field, or has a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s or other Dementias has expertise that is worth sharing.” 

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Becky to Homestead.  She is a great fit with our core values and caregiving philosophies:  She has years of experience with person-centered Memory Care, a passion for aging in place, and a huge appetite for learning, growth, and innovation.  With Becky at the helm, Homestead Living can maintain our quality of care, while also building on our current program and continuing to evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol McGowan!!!

Although, Carol may be the perfect definition of “a woman who needs no introduction.” I doubt very much you haven’t already noticed her vitality, energy, enthusiasm, and delight bursting out of Homestead Living. But, for our first official Homestead Blog post, Carol’s work as our Activity Director seems an ideal place to start.

Carol worked in the Finance Industry until her second daughter was born and she opted to be a stay at home mom. When Carol’s own mother needed Memory Care she found Homestead Living and was very active as a Resident Family Member. Carol maintained her relationship to Homestead as a volunteer until she stepped into Volunteer Coordinator role a few years ago, and then recently stepped into a greater role as our Activity Director.

Carol is motivated by a love of people, and particularly a love of people living with Memory impairment. Now that her children have gotten older she can focus on developing her own career development in a new direction, “This is my time!” Carol is interested in spending time with our residents reliving their past memories, but she is equally devoted to spending time with our residents creating new memories.

Homestead’s Person-Centered Care philosophy is beautifully demonstrated in Carol’s approach to our Activity Program. Her first goal is to get to know each of our residents. She spends time talking with residents and their families, puts together Resident Histories to distribute to our staff, and then finds ways to engage each individual. I am so excited by the breadth and width of our Activity/Life Enrichment Programming. Carol has helmed the creation of an eclectic menu of activities and programming which means we can tailor our engagement efforts to each resident’s preferences and abilities.

I’m going to take the opportunity to outline what our current Activity Program offerings are. As always, families are welcome and encouraged to join anytime at Homestead. Our new website will include an Activity Calendar so you can plan your visits accordingly, but keep in mind that everything is subject to change and you are ALWAYS WELCOME.

1. Music Programming.

Carol has worked with Waunakee High School, St. John’s School, and Waunakee Music School to find talented youth musicians to come in and share their talent. Homestead currently has music offerings about 4 to 5 times a week.

2. Art Therapy.

One of the programs I am most excited about, is a recent Art Therapy Initiative. We are working with Edgewood College’s Art Therapy Program to bring in art therapy interns to work with our residents. Emma Krueger did quite a bit of work with us this past year. Some of you may have gotten the chance to meet her and try some art yourself at our Spring Family Night. In the coming school year, we are looking forward to working with Professor Janice Havlena, Director of the Art Therapy Program at Edgewood, to give another group of art therapists an opportunity to work with our residents.

3. Pet Therapy.

Judy Haag pops in a few times a week with her beautiful Golden Retrievers, Dancer and Reindeer. We also are offering Dog Therapy through Agrace Hospice.

4. Scrapbooking Club.

Carol is continuing to scrapbook and reminisce with residents. She has plenty of current photos, but could use family photos from our resident’s past as she and puts together individual Memory Books for each of our residents.

5. Massage with Julia Rowe.

6. Yoga with Laura Allen.

7. Drumming with Kelby.

8. Poetry with Jolieth MacIntosh.

9. Kindermusic!

Renee Frey comes on Tuesday mornings to lead a Kindermusic class. Our residents gather around the class and enjoy the opportunity to interact with and observe the babies, toddlers, and parents. It’s especially meaningful when our residents’ families can participate with their own children grand children, great grandchildren, or even great great grandchildren!

10. Intergenerational Programming.

Carol has used her extensive knowledge of the Waunakee and Madison area communities to gather an impressive array of youth volunteers. We are currently working with Waunakee High School’s Hero Club, Waunakee Intermediate School, St. John’s School, Madison Country Day, Madison Mission, and our neighbor on Quinn Drive, Adventures in Learning. The enthusiasm and joy that these kids generate in our residents is palpable.

11. Religious Programming.

Pastor Doug from Peace Lutheran Church, Past Allen from Christian Life Assembly of God, and many volunteers from St. John’s Catholic Church visit frequently at Homestead. They offer services, hymn singing, communion, the rosary, and opportunities for prayer.

12. Ongoing Programs.

Carol has put together many tools for our staff to use to engage residents on a moment-to-moment basis; including personalized iPods and Activity Boxes.

Our residents also continue to enjoy Beauty Shop Day with Anne Frey, Movie Night, cooking, gardening, walking in the neighborhood, bird watching, and socializing with each other, staff, and our visitors.

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