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Woodbury Senior Living staff members receive awards

Two Woodbury Senior Living staff members, Sherri Lage and Katie Cookfjelstad, will receive awards this fall from the Care Providers of Minnesota association. The awards will be presented at the Care Provider’s November 2019 convention. 

Expertise in aging and dementia

Our memory care director Sherri Lage will be given the 2019 Dedicated Service Award, recognizing her 40 years of solid and steadfast work in long term and memory care. Coworkers say that Sherri’s calm attitude and genuine connections with staff, residents, and families make a difference on the memory care unit. Sherri’s expertise in aging and dementia has helped her build a team that is caring and educated and coworkers describe Sherri as loyal, respectful, wise, and generous. She has a unique ability to create healthy and thriving living environments. Sherri and Chaplain Basil Owen co-facilitate a monthly training session for family members of persons living with dementia, helping them to gain insight into how to better cope with the changes they experience in their loved one.

Compassionate presence and touch

Katie CookfjelstadKatie Cookfjelstad will be presented the 2019 Rising Star Award for her ability to quickly make a difference in her new role as integrative care assistant. Katie is instrumental in providing compassionate presence and touch in her visits with massage, essential oils, guided imagery and Healing Touch. She’s developed her own style of working with residents throughout the Health Care Center as well as tenants in the Assisted Living buildings, and many people look forward to seeing her arrive for a visit. On the memory care unit, Katie has worked with our music therapist Erin Heidemann, combining live music with integrative services for comfort and relaxation. They see wonderful responses as residents become, for example, more alert, or less anxious. Katie’s work is appreciated all over campus.

Congratulations and thank you, Katie and Sherri!

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