[caption id="attachment_6031" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kaye Keith, director of assisted living.[/caption]
When Kaye Keith was a CNA at another senior care community, a resident fell on the way back from the bathroom. He was having a heart attack. The only other staff member around was a medication tech. Neither she nor Kaye knew CPR.
“I would have been able to do it all on my own, but it might have taken me longer,” she said. “It would have been harder for me to do it by getting (other) grants, and I was able to work a little bit versus working full time. It let me focus on my studies.”
The education assistance program provides scholarships to employees for accredited educational programs leading to a certification, license or degree. Applications are accepted and reviewed every spring. To be eligible, employees must have been employed at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for at least one year at the time the award is made (usually mid-summer). Funds are paid after the successful completion (a “C” grade or higher) of the approved course and can be used to cover tuition, fees and books.
Today, Kaye is director of assisted living at Farmington Presbyterian Manor. She left in 1998 to work in hospice care and rejoined our staff in 2014. It was like coming home, Kaye said. And a lot had changed – for the better, for residents. They have more explicit rights and freedoms than they did 20 years ago, Kaye said, and as a strong resident advocate she’s happy to see that.