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2008 Hero Award Winners

Congratulations 2008 ALFA Hero Award Winners

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Five ALFA Heroes and 80 "Champions" were honored as outstanding assisted living professionals at the 2008 ALFA Conference & Expo. ALFA launched the Hero Awards over a decade ago to honor assisted living professionals who provide extraordinary care by going above and beyond expectations to surprise and delight residents.

Following are the 2008 ALFA Hero Award Winners:

Caregiver Hero, Mary O’Neill

Mary O’Neill, resident care manager, The Gables, a Five Star Quality Care community in Winchester, Massachusetts, is a favorite among her residents.

As evening shift care manager, she checks on residents frequently during the night. If she finds someone who can’t sleep, she uses an old Irish remedy – she puts on a pot of tea, and listens as residents share their life stories, sometimes into the wee hours. Mary considers her night-time chats therapeutic for her rather than the other way around. Read more

Staff Member Hero, DiLia Aponte

DiLia Aponte, life enrichment director, Sterling House of Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Florida – a Brookdale Senior Living community – never stops working for her residents.

From coordinating residents’ letter writing campaigns for our armed forces overseas, to procuring dozens of library books for residents and delivering coffee to their suites to start their day, Dee’s energy and commitment is infectious. Read more

Volunteer Hero, Larry Beckwith (Patty Piechocki accepting for Beckwith)

Larry Beckwith, a retired industrial arts teacher and woodworking volunteer, Arborwood Living Center in Granger, Indiana, a Heritage Property Management community, spent years bringing his therapy dogs to nursing homes and now works with residents to create handmade pen and pencil sets.

The residents have not only found great pride in their accomplishments, but also have formed new friendships and appear happier and more optomistic. Wandering decreased, symptoms of depression subsided, and residents with significant memory loss concentrated on their projects for longer periods of time. Read more

Nurse Hero, Kim Imhoff


Kim Imhoff, health care coordinator, Brighton Gardens of Washington Township in Dayton, Ohio, a Sunrise Senior Living community, earned a reputation for championing her company’s principals of service through her tireless efforts to maintain the best possible quality of life for her residents.

To help prepare for the move in of a new resident battling stomach and throat cancer, but wishing to care for his own feeding tube and tracheotomy, mobilized her team to prepare for his move-in and allow him his independence. Read more

Executive Director Hero, Shaun Lynch,

Shaun Lynch, executive director, Summerville at Farm Pond, an Emeritus community in Framingham, Massachusetts, makes residents his top priority.

Shaun visits his memory care residents at least twice a day, learning new things about then that he shares with his team.

His keen instincts can detect problems the community can quickly address. He is also able to involve the residents in the community by tapping their talents and experience. Read more

Winners of this prestigious award were honored at a special luncheon during the 2008 ALFA Conference & Expo in Orlando with a plaque and $250 prize.

View the 2008 ALFA Hero Award Winners

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