Meet Our Director of Well-Being
Sydney Gunderson Came to Parc Provence in 2018
Sydney Gunderson, MSW, who joined the Parc Provence staff in 2018, has built a career working with adults who have physical and cognitive disabilities. As a result, she is especially adept at creative problem-solving.
Gunderson brings a commitment to finding solutions that consider the unique needs of each resident. She combines the rigor of evidence-based research in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with personal compassion.
To help in getting to know Gunderson better, we asked her these questions:
Q: What is a director of well-being?
A: My role is to advocate on behalf of residents, their families and staff to improve the quality and implementation of services. I am responsible for a lot of ongoing training, as well as, individual and programmatic evaluation.
Q: How would you describe your typical day?
A: Every day is dynamic. There is no typical day or usual schedule.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your career?
A: The most rewarding aspect is being part of a team that is dedicated to addressing challenging needs through a multi-disciplinary approach. At Parc Provence, it really does take a village to meet the needs of our residents and their loved ones.
Q: What is the key to success when communicating with residents and their families?
A: Listening! I cannot express how important it is in this position to be an active listener.
Q: What drew you to working with older adults in the field of memory care?
A: I love working with the elder adult population. I have always believed I stand on the shoulders of those whom have come before me. Therefore, promoting dignity and respect for adults as they age acknowledges the life they have lived, and the service they have done in their communities, families and the world.
Q: What attracted to you to Parc Provence?
A: Parc Provence is a community of people dedicated to learning and trying new approaches in the field of memory care. This was incredibly appealing to me, as someone who values dynamic environments that are open to evolving as needs arise.
Q: What advice would you give to a younger person who wants to work in this industry?
A: Be proactive and understand this industry is challenging. It requires a lot of hard work, improvisation and is not for everyone. But if you are honest with yourself and your team about strengths and areas that you can learn, it can be a pretty thrilling, and a great opportunity to grow.
Q: Why is St. Louis a good place for you personally and professionally?
A: St. Louis is an interesting place! The culture and social dynamics are unique given its location in the Midwest. I love the combination of small town and big city. As a social worker, I see a lot of opportunities for influencing relevant issues on a national scale.
To learn more about how Gunderson and other staff members at Parc Provence can serve you or a loved one with industry-leading Alzheimer’s disease or dementia care, please contact us today. We would love to schedule your personal tour.