On Nov. 15, Morning Pointe Senior Living received three awards at the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living awards banquet:
- Community Event Award
- Outstanding Resident Award
- Outstanding Caregiver Award
The celebration took place in Louisville.
“The Kentucky Center for Assisted Living was honored to recognize Morning Pointe and their amazing service, dedicated caregivers, and spectacular residents,” said Ruby Jo Lubarsky, Interim President of the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KCAL). “Morning Pointe embodies the compassion and warmth it takes to be in the senior care profession. It is a testament to their work that they won this year’s Community Event Award, Outstanding Resident Award, and the Outstanding Caregiver Award. Congratulations to a truly deserving community!”
Community Event Award
The Community Event Award went to the Morning Pointe Foundation’s Seniors Got Talent showcase in Lexington. This year, the show took place on Sept. 12. Eleven senior acts competed, with singer Ron Cheak winning the grand prize for his rendition of “The Best is Yet to Come.”
“This event brings joy to so many seniors,” said Miranda Perez, Executive Director for the Morning Pointe Foundation. “We had a contestant say, ‘I never knew this event was a bucket lister, and now I get to check it off my bucket list.’ Seniors Got Talent is constantly fulfilling seniors’ passions, dreams, and love for the arts.”
Outstanding Resident Award
The Outstanding Resident Award went to Robert “Bob” Morehouse at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Lexington Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence. Bob is a Resident Ambassador at the community.
“Bob goes above and beyond to make every current resident, future resident, family, and caregiver feel welcomed and appreciated,” said Dawn Pittman, Lantern Program Director at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Lexington. “He greets every visitor at the door to let them know just how thankful he is that The Lantern has become his forever home.”
Bob has been known to help new residents unpack as they settle in. He also eats meals with them in the dining room and sometimes helps them with activities.
“It is an honor to win this award,” said Bob. “I love Morning Pointe, and to be recognized as the Outstanding Resident just makes me so happy. It truly is a dream come true.”
Outstanding Caregiver Award
And the Outstanding Caregiver Award went to Jacqueline “Jackie” Booker, Lantern Program Assistant at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Louisville Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence.
“As a caregiver specialized in dementia care, Jackie has been an invaluable asset to our community, providing a nurturing and supportive environment for residents facing cognitive challenges,” said Amber Perry, Assistant Executive Director at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Louisville. “Her profound understanding of the unique needs and complexities associated with dementia has allowed her to establish deep connections with each resident, fostering a sense of trust and security in their care. She gives all of our families a sense of peace about having their loved one in our community.”
Jackie has worked in senior living since 2010. She is known to get into character when reading stories, playing piano, singing and dancing with the residents. And she recently transitioned from her role as Certified Nursing Assistant into the Lantern Program Assistant position, taking on activities to help her residents live life to the fullest. Her enthusiasm and joy is contagious among the residents and associates.
“It was an honor to be chosen as an Outstanding Caregiver,” said Jackie. “I’m so excited, and I love what l do. I look forward to coming to work. I tell people all the time I just can’t wait to get to Morning Pointe because it’s not a job. It’s a pleasure to visit with all my dear friends.”