Member Spotlight: Jack Studer of Westwood Specialty Care

February 4, 2020

Although Jack Studer has spent years working in the long-term care profession, his wide variety of responsibilities prevent him from ever getting bored. As the administrator at Westwood Specialty Care in Sioux City, Jack has seen how long-term care in Iowa continues to grow and change.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I have a brother-in-law that is an administrator at an Iowa nursing facility.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
There’s never a dull moment.  I enjoy interacting with seniors, especially now that I have become one. My father was 40 when I was born and being around seniors comes very naturally to me.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
It is a much-needed profession that appears to be continuing to grow. It has been a constant evolving and changing field.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
This occupation has helped me understand people of all ages. It has all taught me respect and compassion. Life is full of challenges and everyone experiences challenges in their own life. A Catholic priest once told me, “We all will have a cross to bear,” at some point in our lives.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy golfing, fishing, biking, camping and spending time with family, friends and grandchildren.

What is your favorite quote and why?
A quote from Abraham Lincoln – “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” I find that very true and have realized over the past 35 years that you may not be to control what comes your way, but you can control how you react to it.

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