Kimberly Von Holtz started working for Life Care Center of The Willows 14 years ago, but recently accepted the role as the Dietary Director of the facility just a few months ago. She started out with a part-time position at the center and continued to train and work her way up into the management position she holds today.
“I started out working for Life Care Center of The Willows with a part-time position in Housekeeping and Laundry, then I was a Floor Tech, followed by a Medical Record Keeper for some time, an Environmental Service Director for a number of years, and now my new adventure is being the Dietary Director. The company is really good about educating and training staff, as well as internally promoting, which has given me so many opportunities to excel within the home,” stated Von Holtz.
As Dietary Director, Kim assures that the residents are well nourished, the food supply is well stocked on a daily basis, and ultimately makes sure everyone is healthy and happy. Making sure residents are well nourished keeps them healthy, heals wounds quicker, and helps with mental statuses.
Kim also likes to make food options fun and exciting, especially on nationally celebrated food days.
“Food is very important for your body and we try to make it fun too, because usually people put into a nursing home setting do not have very many choices left in their life. So, on nationally celebrated food days, such as National Chocolate Cupcake Day, we made chocolate cupcakes for the residents to enjoy.”
As the Dietary Director, Kim thrives to make the food experience wonderful for the residents, all while keeping dietary needs in mind. Alongside keeping residents well nourished, she ultimately wants to make sure everyone is happy.
“Making sure the residents are happy is my biggest goal. Coming here day after day, I love seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces. With us being in a small building, we know our resident’s names, we know our family member’s names, we know their routines. It is their home,” said Von Holtz.
Having the small setting allows Kim and the rest of the Life Care Center of The Willows staff to connect with the patients on a personal level. Families and friends cannot always be present with their loved ones in a nursing home, which is when the staff play a vital role in just simply being with and conversing with the residents.
“We learn their habits, we learn their hobbies, we learn what they did for a living, and it is just such a rewarding feeling.”
The Life Care Center of The Willows staff also makes sure the residents stay active and involved, especially with events put on, such as holiday parties or weekly activities.
“It’s all about the residents. We truly try to have as much fun as possible. I love my job and I love my patients.”
Outside of working as the Dietary Director at Life Care Center of The Willows, Kim tries to coordinate as much free time as she can with her family. She enjoys bowling with her husband on a bowling league, supporting her 12 year-old son who is also active in bowling, camping, and vacationing with family.
If you would like to learn more about the Life Care Center of The Willows, visit http://lifecarecenterofthewillows.com.