The Grove welcomes new team members ahead of the 2021 move to expanded home

The Grove welcomes new team members ahead of the 2021 move to expanded home

At the Grove, it is the staff who help make the home special for residents – thanks to their commitment to providing compassionate and exceptional care, engaging recreation activities and meaningful social interactions. In preparation for the move to the new Grove in 2021, the team has welcomed new leadership and care providers.

Judith Gilchrist, Director of Care

Judith is the new Director of Care and has extensive experience working in long-term care administration — including her recent role leading education for the Grove.

“What makes the Grove so special is the great social interaction between staff and residents – we have really good, caring staff who work well together.”

With the construction of the new home, Judith is focused on introducing the right staff education and training to successfully create a home environment for the residents with a focus on establishing neighbourhoods that will make the day-to-day experience more personalized and comfortable.

“The Grove is a home for people to live – our residents are engaged and look forward to the opportunities to be part of the larger community.”

Wendy Dombroskie, Personal Support Worker

After working as a hairstylist for 25 years, Wendy made a career change and went to Arnprior’s Willis College to become a Personal Support Worker. Wendy knew that caring for people was a natural fit for her and with her mom having worked in nursing, healthcare was a familiar field.

“It’s a privilege to work at the Grove and provide residents with love, encouragement and support,” she explained.

Wendy moved to Arnprior more than a year ago to be closer to friends and began working at the Grove in December 2019. It already feels like a family to her.

“Being there for the residents is a huge privilege.”

Robyn Rollins, Registered Nurse, BScN

With most of her background in emergency medicine, Robyn never considered long-term care. But after nearly two months in a casual position at the Grove, she really enjoys it. Although the resident’s medical care is an important part of her role, she also prioritizes meeting and learning about each resident.

“My focus is putting the resident first – and learning how to change my emergency department mindset and understanding that the Grove is their home,” reflected Robyn.

Robyn has adjusted to the new work culture and is known to spontaneously dance to the residents’ delight.

“We all want our family members to be well cared for and respected – and that happens here.” ​

Nicole MacDonald, Personal Support Worker

Nicole has been a personal support worker for four years in the community and now at the Grove. She was drawn to the profession because she enjoys helping people and ensuring their needs are met.

“I love working at the Grove because I’m making a difference – I enjoy seeing the residents smile,” explained Nicole, who is also a mother of two boys.

Nicole is looking forward to working in the new Grove and knows it will be great for staff and the residents.

“The Grove is a wonderful place to come every day – the whole team works so well together.”