Taija Hewett, Dietary Aid
Cecilia “Cece” has been working at Keosauqua Health Care Center as a Certified Nursing Assistant since June of 2017. She is an advocate for our residents and keeps their interest, as the number one priority. Cece is very responsible in keeping the nurse and all members of leadership updated on any new concerns she notices in the health and wellbeing of our residents. She is a hard worker, here to help her team members with an upbeat attitude and tries to see the positive in everyone and all situations.
Cece is thoughtful, sensible, and resourceful. For example, while walking a Resident who requires a metronome to help with her walking, realized they did not have the device with her, another staff member witnessed Cece improvising and making the beat or noise with her mouth, to help keep the resident on track and preventing a fall. She is quick on her feet like that and is always making the residents feel safe and confident.
Outside of working and picking up extra shifts, Cece is well known in the community as a caregiver in her free time. She has a strong religious faith and will be there for the residents when they need a prayer or for a church service minister. During the most restrictive times, she would volunteer to lead our church services because we weren’t allowed to let in the pastors.
One of Cece’s residents was quoted saying, “Cece is always cheerful and smiling. She always goes the extra mile to make me feel good.” She loves all of our residents and treats all of them just like they are her favorite.
As always, we are lucky and proud to have Cecilia apart of our team here at Keosauqua Health Care Center and are grateful for her time and hard work. Thank you, Cece for your kindness and compassion for our residents, staff, and families.
Taija Hewett, Dietary Aid
Taija has been working at Keosauqua Health Care Center for a little over a year and even though that is a short while, she has made a lasting impact on our residents and staff here. She is patient, compassionate and a hard worker. She enjoys working with the elderly and does her job well. Taija is always making sure that everything is clean before she leaves for the day. Never leaving anything behind for another staff member to worry about. She is willing to come in early and pick-up shifts for her department. She is an all-around team player!
Her supervisor has said, “Taija is very dependable and so considerate to our residents and staff alike. She’s an excellent employee!” Her professionalism shows in her work and the way she interacts with the residents. She never makes our residents feel rushed or like an “inconvenience.” This is a trait that seems to come naturally to Taija. Her customer service skills will undoubtedly help her in whatever her future holds. We are lucky and proud to have Taija apart of our team here at Keosauqua Health Care Center and are grateful for the hard work she puts in. Thank you, Taija for your kindness and empathy for our residents, staff, and families!
Tempis Rysdam, Certified Nurses Aid
Tempis started at Keosauqua Health Care Center in October of last year. During the pandemic, the busiest known time in Long Term Care. Tempis has a GREAT attitude day-in and day-out. She does not get flustered by the hustle and bustle of the call lights, phone calls, schedules, and testings. Marley Hall, our Activities Director said, “she steps up and is so thorough with the Residents and she does it all with a smile on her face.” Tempis enjoys caring for our Residents and making them feel heard. Our Residents enjoy how relaxed Tempis is, when working with them. “When she is relaxed, I feel more relaxed too,” they have said. She takes extra time with cares and does not make them feel rushed. Our Residents were quoted saying, “Tempis is detailed and always makes me feel comfortable. She answers my light quickly and doesn’t seem frustrated when it’s on.”
Tempis’ co-workers have voiced how when she is at work, she is focused and always lending a hand. She is easygoing and works well with the team. Cecilia, another C.N.A. that works often with Tempis said, “I admire her dedication and her sweet personality with staff and Residents. I have observed her sweet tenderness with the Residents, and she is very professional and funny. The Resident’s love her.” One time one of our Residents who just arrived needed some clothes, she went above and beyond to go the Residents wife to make sure he had enough clothes for his stay.
We are very proud and lucky to have Tempis on our team! Thank you, Tempis for all your hard work and being such an outgoing and friendly person for our residents during these past dark months. We appreciate you and all you do for us!