2016 Finding your calling

2016 Finding your calling

How Paula Del Gallo found hers - and now pursues it.

Paula del GalloA story about Paula Del Gallo, the newest member of the Recreation Therapy Department, must begin by noting that Paula came to our campus by way of the Volunteer Department. She quickly established a satisfying niche for herself, learned the essence of  superior service, began developing warm relationships with residents, even those experiencing the challenges of dementia, and before long recognized that helping older adults in long-term care was, for her, a calling. When she heard of an opening on our staff, she joyfully signed on to be come a full-time employee.

According to her job description as a recreation therapy assistant, Paula will work with "expressive and recreation therapists to meet the mental, social, and emotional needs of residents with the goal of maintaining their functioning at an optimal level."

For Paula, this should come naturally given that she's already attuned to the importance of stimulating activities that bring a sense of purpose to the day for residents. As she sees it, programs must be tailored to be "welcoming and appeal to a broad spectrum of interests and capabilities."

Learn how you too can discover your own calling, via the volunteer route.


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