Member Spotlight: Sarah Halsey of Fountain West Health Center

June 18, 2020

Sarah Halsey’s background in day care and a referral from a friend led her to a career in long-term care. As the activity assistant at Fountain West Health Center, Sarah enjoys learning from the residents and their families.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
My friend Nancy Underbakke was the dietitian at Fountain West Health Center and encouraged me to apply for the activity assistant position, as my background after college was in day care.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy visiting with the residents and their families so I may learn from them as well as getting to know them personally.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
The reward is not monetary – it is fulfilling personally. You can be yourself and listen to people while learning from their experiences.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also helps you outside of work?
As the residents have dealt with their own pain, illness or injury, it has helped prepare me for experiencing the same issues with my parents. It has prepared me for dealing with my own parents’ death.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy helping my husband with his occupation, mowing the yard, getting together with friends and family. We enjoy going out to eat, shopping, the farmer’s market, and watching old TV shows and the Christian channel.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Age is a matter of mind… if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

“Life… Be in it!”

“Life is 90% attitude and 10% circumstances.”

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