Our DSP this week is Madyson, but you can call her Mady. She started just before Covid closures changed the world back in 2020, and unlike so many who have left the field, she is working toward a degree in nursing. She works at our Casey house and is an integral part of the Living Well team. We are beyond grateful for her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for helping others.
Carrie Jensen, Program Manager, says, “Mady is really bubby, and is happy every day. She is always smiling. All the folks just really love her.” Adding, “She is very caring and affectionate, and she goes out of her way to do anything that is asked of her. It is awesome.” Carrie thinks she has lovely relationships with everyone in the house and has a particularly sweet bond with Brian.
Laurie Eggers, Brian’s sister, says, “Admittedly we were scared about Brian moving from a different home as he doesn’t usually do well with change, and had been there for over 20 years. He was kind of in shock the first couple days after moving into Casey, but we were sent photos daily of him having a good time and he was especially comfortable around Madyson. He was sitting in her lap at one point.”
.” Laurie was surprised and put at ease by his comfort level at the new home, telling us, “I really credit Program Manager, Carrie Jensen, for the smooth move—but Madyson was instrumental in his comforting transition.”
Judy Marder is a Living Well Board Member, and is also mom to Karla, who lives at Casey. Judy says, “Madyson is a very bright and very committed young woman. I can tell she is very involved with everyone who lives in the house. She is always looking to do things that make each person happy, based on who they are and what their personalities are. She has been very helpful to me as a mom. Whenever I need help, she is there to guide me.” Judy adds, “Mady has a smiling personality. She is careful and caring. You can tell she likes what she does. And as the people in the house age, she brings a bit of youth back to the house.”
Congrats, Mady, we adore all you do for Living Well and the way you approach your work with kindness and compassion. Thank you for being so tender and caring, we appreciate you.
Number of years/months with Living Well: 3 years 8 months
Hobbies/Interests: I like hanging out with friends and family, going to sports events, camping, and working out.
Education: Going to Inver Hills for Nursing, goal is traveling nursing.
Job Experience/History: I worked in fast food for my first job, went to retail afterwards, and then started with Living Well.
Favorite part of the job: Going on outings with residents and making a difference in their lives
Favorite or craziest work story: A crazy story would have to be when a resident got into a birthday cake and got it all over the place. It was hilarious and they had fun, and we had a good time cleaning it up.
What is your motivation for coming to work: My motivation is the residents and my coworkers—we have an amazing crew at Casey.
What made you apply: I am going into the medical field, so I saw it as a step into the career I am working towards. And I also love working with the residents.
What makes you stay: The people we serve, my PM, and coworkers.
What would you tell people interested in joining the team: You are getting the chance to improve the quality of life of so many and it brings so many opportunities to not only the people you serve but also to you.
When not at work what do you like to do for fun: Hang out with friends, watch my favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy, go on adventures, try new things, and go to sports events.
Want to nominate a DSP? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a Living Well DSP. Special thanks to Miles and Cheri Cohen for their support of DSP of Week. Want to join them in underwriting our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact Devan Heinsen for sponsorship opportunities.