March Hero - Julie Nelson
OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual
long-term care employees for their service to residents, the facility,
and to their community. Heroes are nominated from long-term care
facilities throughout Ohio.
Valley City Direct Support Professional Named March 2017 Long-Term Care “Hero”
The state’s largest organization representing long-term
care facilities has honored a Valley City, Ohio Direct Support Professional
(DSP) as its March 2017 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”
Julie Nelson, DSP at Transitional Living Centers (TLC),
Valley City, Ohio has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA)
as its Hero of Long-Term Care for March 2017. OHCA honors one long-term care
employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and
Nelson will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of March, and
will be recognized at the Association’s Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Christa Deitrick, QIDP (Qualified Intellectual
Disabilities Professional), says that "Julie is passionate about serving
the facility’s residents and the community."
"Julie has made an impact on all department at
TLC," said Chelsea Pozderac, Program Director for TLC, "She is
relentlessly and contagiously positive, and this positivity never wavers."
Nelson has been with TLC as Direct Support Professional
at Liljana House, one of the 13 TLC group homes, since December of 2013. She
independently earned a certificate in American Sign Language, and holds her
certification for both CPR and First Aid. She also acts as a Crisis Counselor
in her community, offering support for those who need it.
At TLC, Nelson is on the Safety and Quality Assurance
Committees, and volunteers to participate with annual events including the
Safety Fair and Job Fairs. She also helps mentor students from a local high
school which participates in a pilot project to help at risk teens.
“Julie is altruistic, giving more than is required
because this is the type of person she is," says Nathan Pozderac,
administrator at TLC. "This position is not merely a job to Julie; it is a
calling to help people in need and she has passed on this dedication to the
population we serve.”
Nelson's son has also joined TLC as an employee.
"Julie Nelson was nominated for this award because
she truly deserves it," said Deitrick. The position of DSP is such
difficult work, yet she makes it appear so easy. She loves what she does and
puts so much time and effort into taking care of the individuals at TLC. She is
our Hero of Long Term Care with no doubt!”
Transitional Living Centers has been providing health
care services to people with intellectual disabilities for over 50 years. The
organization currently operates 13 group homes and their sister company
Self-Directed Living (SDL) provides waiver services throughout Medina County,
providing as independent an environment as possible to the people to whom they
provide care. The main office is located at 6721 Grafton Rd., Valley City,
Ohio, 330-273-5494. Additional information is available online at www.tlcdd.org.
The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit
association of more than 900 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living
communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, representing nearly 90,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also
provide a variety of home and community-based services. OHCA is the largest long-term care
association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American
Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities