Karen Kramer, Director of Activities at Nazareth Home Clifton, has been selected as one of WLKY and Commonwealth Credit Union’s Community Spotlight winners! The recognition celebrates people who are making a difference in our community.
Abbie Trowbridge, Nazareth Home Clifton’s Director of Mission & Pastoral Care, nominated Karen. Here is what she wrote in her nomination.
“When the pandemic struck, and the elders had to be isolated in their rooms, Karen immediately jumped in, providing fun, stimulating and engaging activities. These activities allow the elders to stay connected to one another and their families at home. Whether she’s bringing around special treats like doughnuts and Comfy Cow ice cream, organizing a St. Patrick’s Day Parade (made up of staff) or orchestrating bingo from the safety of their rooms, Karen hasn’t let up once. Despite the fear and uncertainty that pervades our days in long-term care, Karen has been a shining example to our staff of how to keep going in the face of adversity – in this case, COVID-19. Karen has faithfully served at this location for almost 40 years and deserved recognition before now, but recognition isn’t why she does this every day. Karen does this because she cares about our elders and our mission of compassion and hospitality. Right now it is hard to come into our building every day and get back to work with so much anxiety around the elders’ health and the health of our families, but Karen doesn’t stop, and it inspires us to get to work and to work hard each day. At this time, so much emphasis is put on our heroic nurses, doctors and aides, but what Karen does is equally important to the health and wellbeing of the elders. I want to recognize her and the integral part she plays. I feel so lucky to work side-by-side with Karen. She brings so much joy to so many people, and isn’t joy what we need right now?”
Congratulations, Karen! We are proud to have you as part of the Nazareth Home family!