Employee | Good Samaritan Society | Deb Van Meeteren – 2019 Employee Champion

Employee | Good Samaritan Society | Deb Van Meeteren – 2019 Employee Champion


(Music) My name is Deb Van Meeteren. I have three titles. I’m a TMA, I’m an RA and I’m a CNA. She stats early. She arrives around 5:30 every morning. When she gets here in the morning she never knows what she’ll be doing, but she’s always willing to jump in wherever we have placed her. I’ve worked at the nursing home, I started when I was 18, and then quit when I was pregnant with my second pregnancy, to stay home with the kids. But I always kept getting drawn back to it, no matter what. And finally one day I just got on my knees and asked God, I said, “Where do you want me? What do you want me to do? Where do you want me to be?” And I know this is what God wants for me. Deb to resident: I have your ear (hearing aide). Now you can hear me sing beautiful melodies. When I’m a TMA, I get my med cart ready and pass meds to the residents. Deb to resident: How is your headache? Do you have any pain this morning? She is all over the place but she rolls with it every single day. Deb to resident: I love the color of your geraniums. Deb just knows each resident very individually. She knows exactly how they like their medications, She knows about their families and she is able to talk with them on a very personal level She remembers those details and it really makes the residents feel at ease. (Music) In the therapy room I get to know them at a whole different level. I’m helping them with standing, with sitting, with walking, getting on the exercise bike, doing different exercises. I get to talk to them on more of a personal level. I also see areas they might need a little help with. She has a way of getting to do it, and they have fun and caring and they laugh and they joke. They just have fun together. She makes the staff around her better because of how caring and how much she cares for them personally. It’s not just a job to Deb, these are her family. She’s a forward thinker, so she’s always thinking of how we could solve a problem maybe that no one has even seen yet, or how we could prevent a problem from happening. (Music) So Deb spends a lot of time with residents as they are passing Regardless of the hour or if she has things going on in her life, she makes sure that that resident has someone there with them when they are going through this hardship. This tough time. I believe nobody should die alone. I believe everyone should have someone there with them. Deb will not only sit with a resident who is in the last days of their life, but she’ll sit with a resident that needs a prayer. If I can make them feel comforted, or their families feel comfort in a time of loss, when they are losing that loved one, that’s very important to me. Deb is an employee champion because her heart and soul are here every day. She’s compassionate and she’s always thinking about the residents and her coworkers. She embodies exactly what it is to live out Christ’s love. She always puts the care of everyone before her. She really has a servant’s heart and does the work that she does for all the right reasons and shows God’s love in everything that she does. God is certainly guiding Deb’s hands. It’s not just a job, it’s a passion.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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