Shelbyville Daily Union

June 18, 2013

Menis named Hero in Long Term Care


Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Shelbyville, Ill. – The Health Care Council of Illinois, Illinois Health Care Association and the Illinois Council on Long Term Care recently announced their 2013 selection of Heroes in Long Term Care at nursing facilities throughout the state. ­­­ Roberta Menis has been honored as a Hero in Long Term Care for her dedication to providing the highest quality of life for nursing home residents at Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville.

The annual program highlights the hard work of nursing home staff in Illinois, such as nurses, administrators, building maintenance workers, laundry attendants and activity staff, as well as the contributions of facility residents and volunteers.

“From the minute residents wake up to when they go to bed at night, nursing home staff work to make their days brighter,” Pat Comstock, executive director of Health Care Council of Illinois, said. “Many residents aren’t able to get out in the community, so staff becomes a part of the resident’s family.”

Though Roberta Menis was only a resident at Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville for a brief time, she made quite an impression on those around her. After what should have been only a repair to the hardware in her hip/leg turned into a hardware replacement, Menis underwent several months of intensive therapy services at the facility. Throughout her stay Menis was a positive presence around the facility.

“Roberta encouraged other residents staying in the facility to participate in therapy and look forward to their goal of returning home,” stated Karen Dailey, administrator.

Not only did Menis offer encouragement to her fellow residents, but she also praised the staff each day for the therapy services they provided. With such a positive attitude it is easy to see why the staff at Shelbyville Manor consider Roberta Menis a Hero in Long Term Care.

“Nursing home staff truly represent the heart and soul of long term care in Illinois,” David Voepel, executive director of the Illinois Health Care Association, said. “Heroes in Long Term Care are people who go above and beyond to make sure nursing home residents have the best possible quality of life.”

Nursing home professionals work in a unique environment that demands technical skills along with incredible amounts of compassion. They care for frail, vulnerable and elderly citizens who not only need around-the-clock medical care, but also a place to call home.

“These individuals are committed to optimizing the health, outlook and well-being of the residents we serve,” Susan Duda-Gardiner, interim director of the Illinois Council on Long Term Care, said. “For that, we’re deeply grateful and hopeful their communities will celebrate their dedication.”