One of the things that contributes to the family spirit in our home is the personal attention our Residents receive from the Sisters and our staff. In order to continue to foster that spirit and the love it brings, the Sisters and the staff developed the quality assurance program entitled “Walk Across America.”
Walk Across America is a program where Residents are placed onto a team of five members. These five Residents are then paired with a 10-person employee team. Each employee then takes a little bit of time out of his or her day to visit their Resident teammates. If a Resident is able, our employees go for a walk with or “wheel” them throughout our home or outside on our grounds. And for every five minutes an employee spends with a Resident, he or she earns one mile. These miles are then totaled at the end of the month, and the team with the most miles wins a pizza party for their entire team – a big hit with our employees and our Residents!
After the party, our Activities Office assigns the employee teams with new Resident teams. It truly is a wonderful way for our employees and our Residents to bond and get to know one another better. And I am happy to report we have collectively “walked” approximately 2,700 miles on our trip throughout our nation!