This week we had the privilege to get to know Dan Gormley, the Executive Director or Regency Place Senior Living. Regency is a gorgeous little senior living community, conveniently tuck away in a quiet niche the south area. Conveniently located near Kaiser Hospital, they have 45 assisted living units, and 26 independent living apartments. It was built in 1995 all on one level, with the independent living units all open to the outside with ornate, tranquil fountains, and every unit having its own one car garage. Conveying an "at home" feel, the staff is very proud of their low turnover having a very high longevity in their staff and resident population.
Dan grew up in the elder care business, as his parents owned and assisted living facility in the Bay Area. He began his career as a young child singing to the residents in his family's facility after school. After high school, he attended Sacramento State where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Administration. He then went on to become an activities director at Atria in Sacramento. From there he gained more experience as an administrator at the senior center in Elk Grove. He acquired his RCFE license during his tenure there. Currently, he has held this position at Regency Place for the last four years. It is his love of people, and passion for caring that makes his job at Regency such a fulfilling role for him. The favorite part of his day is walking through the grounds, interacting with his residents and staff, even stopping to join in a game of cards, or entertaining the residents with a song.
I asked Dan to recount a story of particular fondness to him. He smiled and said there were so many it was hard to choose. But with a smile he began to tell us the following:
"We recently admitted a frail, elderly woman who initially was not happy at all being here. Leaving her home, moving into a community that was unfamiliar and surrounded by people she didn't know was very difficult for her. She called her family daily telling them she wanted to leave and didn't like it here at all. After 2 months, the daughter called me and said her mom was 'too busy to see me.' Apparently her social calendar had gotten do full with bingo, outings, and activities with her new friends, fellow residents and staff, she was having a hard time carving out time to see her family. The daughter even had to go buy her mom new clothes, as she was finally gaining some weight because the food was so good and she enjoyed it so much!"