As the executive director of a 59-bed memory care community, Alisha Landes wears many hats. In addition to handling The Lantern’s day-to-day operations, she is training staff and meeting with families who are looking to find that perfect fit for their loved ones. However, it’s the time spent with residents that Landes cherishes most. “I try to spend time interacting with my residents each day,” she says. “It is never as much time as I would like, but I treasure each moment with them.” Landes joined the team at Morning Pointe Senior Living in 2014, and she considers the role she’s in to be her calling. “I love this profession,” she shares. “I am passionate about learning more and continually getting better at taking care of our loved ones.”
“I love what I do. Serving others through my role gives me purpose and satisfaction.”
1. What influenced you to pursue your career?
After spending more than 10 years as a licensed cosmetologist, I felt like I needed more. The healthcare field had always intrigued me, so I went to nursing school and started out working for senior living companies. I knew that this was the career for me.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
One of my top moments was when I could welcome residents back to The Lantern exactly 450 days after last year’s Easter tornado. To be able to overcome that adversity was empowering to me, and to be able to see residents walk back in the door that was previously destroyed made me so proud and humbled.
3. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
Making a first impression cannot be redone. When people meet me, I want them to see someone who is genuine, looks them in the eye, and offers a smile.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I consider myself to be a servant leader. Compassion and empathy are some of my strengths.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
Always do what is right for the residents, and the bottom line will take care of itself.
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