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Sameka Green says working in memory care isn’t just her passion, but her calling. She came to this realization at an early age when she watched loved ones suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She says being raised around seniors helped cultivate a respect and love for an older generation, and it is a privilege to work as the Memory Care Director at The Grove at Canopy.
Sameka has worked in memory care for over 19 years and she says the community at The Grove at Canopy is what sets them apart. She explains, of course the property is luxurious and the amenities are wonderful, but the staff and the residents feel like they are part of a family. Sameka says it doesn’t matter if the residents live in independent living, assisted living or memory care, they all feel connected. Her staff always puts the residents first and she tells them, “this is their home and we are here to serve them in their home.”
Sameka knows this year has brought many new challenges when caring for seniors. Especially when the families cannot visit. “You know we just have to keep them engaged,” says Sameka. “That’s the most important thing, just keeping them engaged, keeping them busy, keeping them focused on the positive.” She emphasizes, they’ve come up with new creative ways to enrich the resident’s days: socially distanced ice cream socials and musicians playing by their windows.
Sameka says she would tell any of her loved ones that The Grove at Canopy is a great place to live. “First of all, we have the best staff in the city of Tallahassee,” exclaims Sameka. “And the food is great!” She says the residents are always her priority, “I preach it to the staff all the time. We put the resident and their needs first.” Sameka says she knows the challenges of taking care of a loved one with memory care needs, and they are here to make the journey easier for your family. “If this is what you love to do, you don’t look at it as a job.”