When Christine Marnelakis joined Maplewood at Stony Hill as the Lifestyle Director in 2015, she came in ready to make a difference through experience and compassion. Christine joined the Bethel, CT community and immediately brought her experience in Occupational Therapy and a genuine desire to go above and beyond to help others.
When trying to think of the perfect resident advocate, look no further than Christine. As Rose Thomason, Executive Director of Maplewood at Stony Hill, is quick to point out, “Christine is the type of resident advocate that we should all strive to be.”
“Christine is the type of resident advocate that we should all strive to be.”
“The Biggest Heart”
Christine impresses those around her every single day with her willingness to not only go the extra mile, but to notice the little things about each of her residents. These little things make a world of difference. As Rose shares, “Christine has the biggest heart and always goes above and beyond for our residents. She is compassionate and caring.”
Rose continues, “Christine notices everything! I am continuously amazed at her ability to read our residents. I often think she knows what they need before they do. She is an advocate for them in every sense of the word.”
“Christine notices everything! I am continuously amazed at her ability to read our residents. I often think she knows what they need before they do. She is an advocate for them in every sense of the word.”
Dignity Above All
One recent initiative by Christine has made a particularly big impact on residents’ well-being. Christine’s creativity, passion, and preparation turned simple fabric into an incredibly enhanced dining experience for all. As Rose explains;
“In an effort to improve the dining experience for our residents, Christine purchased many beautiful fabrics and offered a sewing class where they made ‘dignity scarves’. These lovely accessories can be easily used to cover the resident’s clothing during meals, resulting in less clothing changes throughout the day. Maintaining the resident’s dignity was extremely important to Christine. She carefully chose the fabrics to include both feminine and masculine prints. The residents and families love them!”
Christine’s desire to help her residents reaches into every aspect of daily life at Maplewood at Stony Hill. Rose reiterates Christine’s focus on dignity as the centerpiece of the resident experience: “[She] is always thinking outside the box with programming. It’s very important to her that all residents are engaged in a dignified manner.”
“We’ve seen an increase in engagement using technology such as the Eversound system.”
Christine has also championed other initiatives to improve resident engagement. Among those efforts is the use of Eversound for music activities, morning meetings, and other daily programs. Her willingness to embrace new technologies has made a significant impact, according to Rose: “We’ve seen an increase in engagement using technology such as the Eversound system.”
It’s clear Christine’s presence at Maplewood at Stony Hill has enriched the lives of all those around her. We could not be more thrilled to recognize Christine as our Eversound Champion for August!
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