Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill recently promoted Mary Walthour to coordinator of the assisted-living unit.
“My job at Magnolia Manor is assisted-living coordinator,” she said. “I communicate with pharmacies, doctors’ offices and family members. I like communicating with the families, but I especially like working one-on-one with the residents.”
Walthour has worked for Magnolia Manor for eight years and is familiar with the unit’s procedures and policies.
“It’s not always easy because you can’t please everybody, but I like it here,” she said. “We can care for 24 residents, which is a reasonably sized unit.”
Her compassionate attitude toward older people is why she has chosen to work in the health-care industry for senior citizens.
“I’ve always been surrounded by elderly people, and I like helping,” Walthour said. “They can often make our day and we can make theirs. Caregiving comes naturally for me, so I often helped my grandparents.”
For 15 years, Walthour was self-employed as a personal caregiver for older people in their homes.
Before offering her services, she took several courses in the health-care field, including training in Alzheimer’s.
She also worked as a restorative aide in a rehab center in Richmond Hill.
“My love for the elderly and a natural ability to care for them is why I applied for the assisted-living position at Magnolia Manor. Most of my work experience has been caring for the elderly.”
Walthour said anyone interested in an assisted-living unit can call her at 756-4300, ext. 106.
“Then make an appointment to tour our facility,” she said.