Member Spotlight: Terri Jo Hunt of Accura HealthCare Milford

July 28, 2021

Terri Jo Hunt entered the long-term care profession after seeing her mother care for the elderly as a nursing home administrator. Terri Jo has dedicated 45 years to working in long-term care and has worked at Accura HealthCare Milford for 28 years, where she currently serves as a registered nurse and director of healthcare services. One of the best parts of her job is seeing her staff go above and beyond to care for residents and their families.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
My mother was a nursing home administrator and set a wonderful example of caring for the elderly. I entered the profession as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in 1976. I then worked in all departments and became a certified medical assistant (CMA) and went on to get my registered nursing (RN) degree. I didn’t hesitate to resume working in long-term care after I graduated.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I love the elderly. I have learned so much over the years from them. They brighten my day with their stories and jokes. I have the most amazing staff. They go above and beyond to help the residents, their families and each other. We have the best teamwork between all departments.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Working in long-term care is definitely hard work, but is very rewarding. Every day has new challenges, but we face them together. There is room for advancement for anyone wanting to start a career as a CNA or in any department.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
Patience is very important both at work and outside of work. You also have to be trustworthy, dependable and reliable.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to spend time with my children and my two grandsons. They are all such a positive influence in my life. I enjoy walking to relieve stress. I also enjoy spending time with friends and singing karaoke.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” As we made it through the pandemic, there were days that were not so good, but when a resident began to feel better and thanked us for the wonderful care, that was the best feeling ever. I definitely know my calling is helping to care for others!

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