Distinguished Service award received
Distinguished Service Awards for 2018 were presented at the LeadingAge PA annual conference in Hershey, PA, on June 21, 2018. Dorcas Benner received the award for Caregiver of the Year for her work with Landis at Home.
The Caregiver of the Year Award is presented to an individual “who provides excellent clinical care…while demonstrating leadership and a commitment to the field” of aging. Dorcas Benner, RN, of Willow Street, has 47 years’ experience as a nurse, with 19 of those years serving at Landis Homes and with Landis at Home. For the past 5 years, she has worked as the home care supervisor for Landis at Home, a home care service affiliate of Landis Communities, with offices on the campus of Landis Homes.
“I feel privileged to receive this award for doing what I love to do,” said Benner. “By helping seniors maintain dignity in their lives, I am part of a great team of people in caring for others.”
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania’s not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, healthcare and community services primarily to seniors. Since 1963, the association has acted as the primary source for advocacy, networking and education for not-for-profit providers of services for older adults.
Landis at Home Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Landis at Home served its first client in February 2007 as a community outreach of Landis Homes. Recently, Landis at Home clients, friends and current and former team members gathered to celebrate their 10th Anniversary of providing support services to persons choosing to remain in their own homes.
“I remember those early days when we were starting out and were learning as the program grew,” said Faith Hoover, who served as the first director of the program from 2007-2012.
One of the most popular services was transportation to medical appointments, shopping or personal events. Hoover recalled a time when a team member drove to Philadelphia airport to pick up a client returning from out of state during the winter holidays. She said, “The weather turned so bad, the team member just booked a hotel room near the airport, spent the night with the client and returned her safely home the next day.”
“That particular employee along with many others has worked for the home service company for most of its history,” said Michele Sipel, who is the current director of the program.
In addition to providing services to clients who are Landis Homes residents, support services also extend to persons living in their own homes in the surrounding community within a fifteen-mile radius of the retirement community campus.
Landis at Home received a home-care license on May 1, 2010. All services are provided under the oversight of a registered nurse. Besides transportation they also provide companionship, light housekeeping services, and assistance with personal care needs and sometimes, even pet care.
Landis at Home has grown in services, employees and clients. In the past fiscal year almost 50 team members logged over 23,000 hours of services to more than 300 clients.
Sipel said a recent example of the dedication of team members was when three caregivers spent the night at Landis Homes in order to give early morning services to their clients on campus. She said, “We continue to raise the bar in going above and beyond in serving our clients.”
Pictured left to right are first Landis at Home Director Faith Hoover, Carla Hunt, 10 year scheduler and receptionist, and current Director Michele Sipel.