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Pike Earns Employee of the Month

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Pike Earns Employee of the Month

July 1, 2022

Amanda Pike garnered the recognition of Country Living at Westview Commons’ Employee of the Month award in May. Amanda has worked in the Support Services department at the 75-unit independent and assisted living facility in Dayville since October of 2021. She graduated from Killingly High School and holds a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from Quinebaug Valley Community College. Amanda’s general responsibilities at Westview Commons include vacuuming the hallways, tidying the guest restrooms, and resetting the residential units during a room changeover. When a new resident joins the Westview Commons community, she takes pride in orienting them with the services that the housekeeping staff can offer. Within the individual units, Amanda’s work extends to become an even broader resource for the residents. The basics of her role in these rooms includes making beds, dusting, mopping vacuuming, and providing linens—but understanding the personal preferences of each Westview Commons resident is also a key element of Amanda’s professional duty. Whether it is making beds a certain way, maintaining the location of certain personal items, or delivering a specific set of towels and sheets, she recognizes that doing these little things changes resident’s experiences for the better.

...many residents saying how much they love the dynamic between Amanda and her colleagues and the laughs they all share in the hallways...

In the process of fulfilling all of these facility and resident needs, Amanda is also developing kindred relations with the residents in her care. Their interactions are often humorous; many residents saying how much they love the dynamic between Amanda and her colleagues and the laughs they all share in the hallways and units at Westview Commons. Comfort in senior settings has long been an asset of Amanda’s. When she was growing up, Amanda would often go trick-or-treating at nursing facilities, and this seeded an early appreciation for the seniors in her community. Her experiences in skilled care settings further equips her abilities at Westview Commons: Amanda has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the past and her mother has worked as a CNA for over 30 years. Having all of that experience greatly prepared Amanda for her position at Westview Commons, a location that provides a spectrum of care needs for its residents.

“I love it here. When we’re in the resident’s rooms we really get to know them. We see and hear their personal history and that’s pretty special,” stated Amanda. She went on to reference the strong sense of cohesion among her colleagues at Westview Commons: “The staff is very kind to each other and we all make each other feel very comfortable in our roles. I’m very thankful for the way that the leadership here values everyone’s contributions and trusts us to look after our residents. To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”

Amanda and her two sons Ryan and Donnie are residents of Sterling, Connecticut. Her mother Kathy and her father Ron are strong inspirations and influences in her life, and she adores any chance she can get to be with her grandparents, Pauline and Ron. Amanda is an ardent supporter of “Sterling Family Day,” an event designed to bring out the neighbors in Sterling for a summertime social fair. Amanda helps her grandparents to operate a fundraising flea market that aids in sponsoring the fireworks and other enhancements enjoyed at this town celebration. Creative crafts and drawing have long been expressive outlets for her to relax and she frequently finds opportunities to sketch whatever is on her mind. Another passion of Amanda’s is improving the welfare of displaced domestic animals in her community; having personally rescued several cats and dogs over the years.

Westview Commons Executive Vice President David T. Panteleakos was sure to note how important Amanda’s role is in the continuum of services that the residence provides. “We want to provide our residents with a lifestyle they deserve from the moment they walk in our doors through the moment they place their heads on their pillows—and Amanda does a phenomenal job maintaining that expectation in our Support Services department.” Mr. Panteleakos also acknowledged that “The extra benefit of Amanda and our staff getting to know our residents on a personal level further develops the sense that Westview Commons is a neighborhood of friends; a community of family. Congratulations to Amanda!”

Country Living at Westview Commons is a 75-unit independent and assisted living community conveniently located in picturesque Northeastern Connecticut. Affiliated with Westview Health Care Center, a nationally-ranked nursing facility according to CMS and U.S. News and World Report for the past 13 years, Westview Commons is a 115,000 square foot catered living facility dedicated to a genuine 5-star experience including outstanding service, culinary expertise and professional in-house entertainment. Located in Dayville, CT, Westview Commons combines convenience, tranquility and comfort; providing a lifestyle that seniors deserve.