Memory care manager receives All Star award

Kelsey Persons, memory care manager at the Landing of Brighton, is one of the recipients of All Star award, given by the he Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) during the National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 13-19.

Each of the 11 winners is employed by ESAAL member communities across New York state and was chosen by the heads of over 300 assisted living communities that employ tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

“These All-Stars are true examples of healthcare heroes,” said Lisa Newcomb, executive director, ESAAL. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, assisted living staffers were put under unprecedented pressure, fulfilling healthcare necessities, enforcing proper safety protocols, and keeping up the spirits of residents while they were isolated from each other as well as family and friends.”

Persons joined The Landing of Brighton in December 2018 and spent her first year transforming its memory care unit into a superior quality, highly rated option for families, according to an ESAAL news release . During this time, she hired and trained all new staff, while learning all she could about her residents and their families and created a top notch work environment and loving home for all.  Within the first year, The Landing’s census went from 16 residents to 31 in its memory care unit as a direct result of Persons’ devotion, time, and unparalleled programming, stated the news release.