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Employee Spotlight: Mark Ingle, Plant Maintenance Director

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Mark engages in best practices to keep our operations, including facilities management and emergency preparedness, conducted at the highest level. Testing and troubleshooting fire systems, generators, and other mechanical systems/equipment, plus overseeing repairs in common areas and apartments are just a few of the key tasks on his priority list. With more than 30 years’ experience in construction and trade management as well as plant maintenance at NorthPointe Woods, Mark is uniquely qualified to effectively serve the community and residents.

Employee Spotlight: Lorene Frisbie, Director of Human Resources

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Lorene wears a few important hats. She has over 34 years of human resources experience and is charged with making sure NorthPointe Woods is staffed with employees who love the senior living environment and are passionate about working with residents. She is also the Business Office Manager, handling all the administrative functions for residents and the community. When asked how she feels about her role at the community, she said, “Working within senior living has been the most rewarding and humbling profession I have experienced.”

 

Employee Spotlight: Kristen Miller, Director of Life Enrichment

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Planning a calendar of events and activities that targets mind, body and soul— while appealing to a population of seniors with diverse interests—can be a challenge. But Kristen loves the opportunity and has demonstrated a passion for the task from day-one, when she joined NorthPointe Woods in 2013 as Life Enrichment Assistant. She was promoted to Director of Life Enrichment in 2016 and continues to successfully keep residents engaged through life-enriching activities and events, as well as meeting the transportation needs of residents.

 

Employee Spotlight: Shelly Button, Director of Environmental Services

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Shelly joined the NorthPointe Woods team more than 20 years ago when the community opened. She retired her 15-year residential cleaning business and took the job, perhaps most importantly because her grandparents would be living here! Since then, Shelly’s in-laws have become residents, and her parents may someday, too. According to the Director of Environmental Services, her staff’s role is to make life better for everyone. It’s clear based on her dedication to her own team and the residents, she’s doing just that.

Employee Spotlight: Greg Schiesser, Director of Dining Services

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Imagine having a chef with more than 25 years of experience and countless culinary awards to his credit, who provides not just delicious but nutritious food. That’s what residents have come to expect under the leadership of the community’s Director of Dining Services. According to Chef Greg Schiesser, “Bringing people together through food is what we do. I think they can taste that I put my heart, soul and love into it.” Regardless of dietary requirements or taste preferences, NorthPointe Woods’ executive chef always has an irresistibly tasty choice on the menu.

Employee Spotlight: Erika Sandin, Director of Health Services

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Since taking on the role of Director of Health Services at NorthPointe Woods, Erika, an experienced Licensed Practical Nurse, has made a difference. She’s worked closely with the nursing team to expand and enhance the health services that residents receive, as well as working to maintain exceptional quality of care. Her reasons are simple: “I have always heard great things about this community. The care staff has an exceptional reputation, but what really drew me in and inspired me to head up the team were the residents. They were so relaxed and welcoming. It felt like I was joining a family.”

Employee Spotlight: Ron Monte, Executive Director

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The NorthPointe Woods Leadership team has proven experience and a solid commitment to helping seniors find residential solutions that enable them to live life to the fullest. Each week in August and September, we are introducing a different team member whose leadership, dedication and welcoming presence help make NorthPointe Woods an exceptional choice for independent senior living or assisted living.

Ron has been in the hospitality business his entire career. For the first 30 years, he held executive positions with a leading global hotel management company. During this time he managed new and distressed hotel properties in 10 states. Over the past seven years, he has applied that experience and knowledge to executive positions in senior living—most recently heading up operations for NorthPointe Woods. According to Ron: “I love finding solutions to the housing needs of seniors. It’s truly rewarding. The residential lifestyle options and supportive care available at NorthPointe Woods make that part of my job easier. I’ve always said: Difficult we do today. Impossible just takes a little longer. We’re here to help—today and tomorrow.”

Coronavirus Update

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After careful consideration for the health and safety of residents, employees, and family members, our community amended its visitor policy on Monday, March 16, and is restricting visitors from entering our community.

Please bookmark the LCS website for future updates and information regarding our community COVID-19 response and prevention measures already implemented, such as:

  • Educating all staff and residents in social distancing guidelines
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and disinfecting common community areas
  • Implementing temporary visitor restrictions, including deliveries
  • Canceling on-site large group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing and executing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents and employees to reschedule travel plans and remain in our community
  • Deploying an updated visitor advisory for communities and to campus
  • Coordinating best practices across the broad, LCS partner network
  • Making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all employees

All future updates regarding the COVID-19 response, including visitor policies, social distancing guidelines, and prevention recommendations, can be found here. LCS has also opened a national hotline for information. Call 855-998-4934. For local information about our community, please use 269-964-7625.

Coronavirus Update

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Hello NorthPointe Woods Family community,

 

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVD-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps NorthPointe Woods is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

 

We’ve developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19. Additionally, you can access updates at the following website.

 

Our community is:

  • Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
  • Encouraging a temporary reduction in visitation and deliveries
  • Reducing on-site group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents to communicate any travel plans
  • Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
  • Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all residents

According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

 

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

  • Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, including fever, and coughing

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

Our teams are staying in communication with local health officials and will share regular updates on COVID-19. For more the most up to date information and personal health recommendations, please visit the websites below:

 

Updates from LCS: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

 

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
COVID-19 Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
What To Do If You Think You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

 

 

 

Coronavirus Update

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The health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and families is always a priority at our community.  With the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and in the minds of many, we want to address actions, which are taking place related to this concern.

Some of the actions we are addressing include:

  • Consistent updates and communication to those who live and work at the community.
  • Evidence-based precautions that align with guidelines provided by the CDC.
  • Reviewing emergency preparedness and response measures in the event that a virus impacts our community or the surrounding area.
  • Changes to our travel and visitation guidelines for all employees, partners and guests.

We are closely monitoring local, state and federal health agencies to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively to protect our community and mitigate risks of an outbreak.

We will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to preserve the health and safety of our community.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information, please contact Ron Monte, Executive Director, at ronm@northpointewoods.org or call (269) 339-3615.

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services