Member Spotlight: Jordan Youngman of Lantern Park Specialty Care

November 25, 2020

Ever since he was in college, Jordan Youngman has worked to create meaningful experiences for long-term care residents. As an activity coordinator at Lantern Park Specialty Care, Jordan enjoys getting to make a difference in the lives of those he cares for.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I began my career in long-term care by creating exercise programs for a local nursing home in college and transitioned into activities from there.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I love hearing the life stories of residents and really understanding their background.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
While the skilled nursing setting may make some people uncomfortable, they do not realize that it is a home for the residents. In activities, we get to take their interests and form programs around those interests to bring joy to their lives, which is incredibly fulfilling.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I have learned things do not always go the way you think they will. Sometimes you plan an activity that in your mind is great, but the residents have no interest in it. Stuff happens, you just got to brush it off, learn from it and keep moving forward.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with my wife and daughter. I also love sports and referee high school football in the fall.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis

I learned this quote while playing college football, but I have used it more in my career in activities. We have all had those residents in our facilities that are stubborn and never want to come to group activities. With those residents, we keeping inviting them every time and they always refuse, but we keep working at it and when they finally decide to come out and participate, we knew it wasn’t that invitation that did it but the hundreds of invites before.

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