On Sept. 29, the Colorado Health Care Association named Sunny Rush, wellness coordinator at The Bridge at Longmont, Colorado, its Assisted Living Caregiver of the Year.
Sunny received the award during the non-profit organization’s annual conference, held this year in Denver. The award recognizes exemplary service.
In her role as wellness coordinator for this Century Park community, Sunny works with residents one on one with different exercises that best fit their needs.
“Sunny models her name perfectly,” said Shirley McNeff, executive director. “She is a ray of sunshine to everyone she encounters. Several of our residents want to be in her wellness program just to be around her.”
Sunny frequently goes beyond her job description, covering shifts as a personal caregiver when needed and helping the nursing department with transportation to medical appointments. If a resident passes away, she gives a condolence card to the family and tries to attend the funeral. She writes birthday and holiday cards for residents as well and even bought a belt for one resident out of her own funds.
“Sunny is the most patient, loving and encouraging caregiver we have encountered,” said Michelle Bernardoni, whose father lives at The Bridge. “My dad can be difficult to motivate, yet Sunny manages to get him up and moving. Engaging him in a daily workout routine keeps his muscles engaged, ensuring his safety and mobility while in a limited environment. She is the greatest support, helping residents and family members adjust to this major change in their lives with ease.”
“I feel very blessed that my Bridge family nominated me to represent our community, and I am so grateful and honored that the CHCA presented me with this award,” said Sunny. “It means a lot to me. Eleven years ago I walked through the doors to apply, and the moment I was greeted by residents and staff, I thought to myself, ‘I’m home.’
“I could not do what I do without the love, support and teamwork of both the people who live here and who work here,” Sunny added.
Century Park Associates is proud of Sunny and thankful for all the caregivers in each of our buildings who go above and beyond to ensure the well-being of our residents.