Parc Provence is so proud of two members of our community who have been nominated for VOYCE awards in recognition for their caring, generous service to our residents. Betty Anderson has been nominated for VOYCE Caregiver of the Year and Bob Lander has been nominated for VOYCE Volunteer of the Year.
For over ten years, Resident Care Specialist Betty Anderson has been providing personalized and loving care for every Parc Provence resident. Throughout Betty’s tenure, she has been a consistently friendly face for our residents, many of whom experience dementia and psychiatric illness. She takes everything in stride and never expresses being upset or frustrated, no matter the difficulty of the situation.
Betty may have a soft-spoken nature, but she is never shy when it comes to greeting a resident, family member, or a new staff member with a smile. Her quick wit and fun personality turn any negative situation into a positive one, She focuses on the bright side, and relieves stressful situations for everyone involved.
Despite having a very difficult job as a caregiver, Betty never seems to have a bad day. She also doesn’t let her hard work end when she has all her tasks completed. She is a team player and is always willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. Without prompting, Betty will step in and help her team – whether it means she is helping them do laundry, dishes, or giving a resident a spa bath.
Betty regularly goes the extra mile with residents, too. She has touched many lives and given family members peace of mind that their loved ones are well cared for when Betty is working. For this reason, and her years of dedication to caring for others, Betty deserves this nomination as VOYCE Caregiver of the Year.
Bob Lander first started volunteering with our community when his mother lived at Parc Provence in 2007. Those visits quickly incorporated visiting many of his mother’s friends and other residents at Parc Provence. Although his mother passed away several years ago, Bob continues to show his ongoing care and dedication to our residents. He spends time with our residents, providing a consistent, friendly face – especially comforting those who may not have many visitors.
One of Bob’s special talents is music, and everyone benefits when he shares his songs. He enjoys playing guitar during Parc Provence happy hours, leading upbeat songs and encouraging residents, guests, and staff to sing along with him. It is apparent how music enhances the lives of our residents, and he does his best to bring positive moments to our community whenever he can.
Not only does Bob graciously give his time and share his talents with our residents, he is also very caring and thoughtful toward our staff too. He remembers details about the staff’s family and never fails to ask about spouses, children, and pets – all by name.
Bob’s thoughtfulness and care for our residents, staff, and community is truly appreciated and admired. He never seeks recognition for his efforts, yet he is clearly our community’s volunteer of the year!
VOYCE has been serving Greater St. Louis and the surrounding areas for over thirty years to ensure a high quality of life for people living on the long-term care continuum. Award winners will be honored later this year.