Joanne Cheesman Receives LeadingAge NJ Excellence in Care Award

Ocean City Resident Cited for Timeless Dedication and Stellar Interactions

United Methodist Communities at The Shores’ Administrator, Jessica Stewart, cited, “When the decision was made to establish a hospice residence last year, we started thinking about who would be the perfect associate to care for residents and families coping with end-of-life decisions. Hands down, one individual immediately came to mind. Once she accepted and I shared the operational narrative, she implemented systems to ensure comfortable and nurturing experiences.”

Joanne Cheesman, a certified medication aide at United Methodist Communities at The Shores, and resident of Ocean City, NJ, received an Excellence in Care Award at the LeadingAge New Jersey Annual Awards Ceremony. The statewide association of not-for-Joanne Cheesemanprofit senior care organizations advancing quality aging services, announced eight Excellence in Care Award recipients at the early December event held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. A second honoree represented The Shores’ sister community, United Methodist Communities at Francis Asbury.

People of all persuasions wrote letters to support Cheesman’s award nomination. “With a 14-year reputation for stellar interactions with The Shores’ residents and their families, I have come to know and appreciate her work ethic and capability. She demonstrates the perfect combination of emotional and direct care support,” exclaimed Pam Garofolo, director of memory support. “Joanne has an understanding of those who are vulnerable and a gift for end-of-life care.”

In 2011, United Methodist Communities committed to a 10-year term sponsoring the LeadingAge New Jersey Excellence in Care Awards. They recognize outstanding nominees from LeadingAge New Jersey member organizations in direct staff positions who have enhanced the lives of residents or staff through acts of kindness, giving and selfless care and support with exceptional quality and passion.

Although directors, nurses or managers usually run with a new program, Joanne set up tasks, personalized laundry services, made recommendations for meals, assistance with eating schedules and best methods for Bridges at The Shores. Additionally, she brainstormed with others to determine activities that matched each residents’ abilities.