Member Spotlight: Jessica McDyer of Sibley Specialty Care

December 16, 2019

Jessica McDyer has been in the long-term care profession ever since she was a high school student working in the housekeeping and laundry department. As the administrator of Sibley Specialty Care, Jessica believes that everyone has a story and she enjoys getting to know the residents and learning about their lives. Jessica also serves as the Northwest District Chair on the IHCA Board of Directors. Thank you for all you do!

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I have worked in long-term care since high school. It was good-paying job that worked with my school schedule and extracurricular activities. I started in housekeeping and laundry. I then became a certified nurse’s aide (CNA) after I realized I truly enjoyed working in the nursing home. I worked as a CNA during college as well. I have been an administrator since 2007.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I have two favorites. My first is the residents. I admire every person who comes to stay with us.  Everyone has a story. I enjoy getting to know the residents and learning about their past. I’ve received valuable advice from my residents over the years! My second favorite is the staff members who work in long-term care. I admire each of them. They work hard every day to make sure our residents are happy. Our customers are people, and to watch my staff serve selflessly every day makes me proud.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
The long-term care profession has many different career choices to offer. Many employers in small towns offer amazing benefits and wages that would hold up to a larger town/city benefit package. This is a rewarding profession. If you have an interest in people or view yourself as a caregiver, consider working in long-term care! We are a family and would love to have you join!

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I try to visit with as many residents as I can, and over the years a common comment always surfaces. That comment being – take the risk. Take the vacation. Say, “I love you.” Compliment people. Don’t hold grudges. In short, I think the biggest lesson I have learned working in long-term care is that life itself is short. You do not know what tomorrow brings so celebrate today! Remember to be thankful for your health.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy time with my husband Dave and our children Lincoln, who is eight, and Addison, who is six years old. We love to go boating in the summer!

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Every day you get to choose if it is going to be a good day or a bad day. It’s your choice.”

My mom used to say this to me every day. Growing up, it could be annoying at times, but it is a very true statement. If your mindset is negative and you feel like today is going to be a bad day, it will be. If your mindset is positive, you will have a better day. A lot of how we feel is how we react. I would say my outlook is optimistic and I try to choose a positive attitude in my day!

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