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Administrator approaches one-year anniversary
By Bev Odom / The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — April Lindsey, assistant director of nursing at Wellington Care Center (WCC), led by example by being the first to receive the revolutionary new shot during the recent COVID Vaccination Clinic.
“The vaccine was offered to all residents and staff with CVS as the provider,” said Amy Dickerson, WCC administrator. “We will have our second clinic day on Jan. 28 where that group will receive the second vaccine and anyone making the decision to start the vaccine will be able to get their first vaccine that day.”
WCC will have its third vaccination clinic on Feb. 18.
“I think the staff, residents and families responded appropriately,” Dickerson said. “Some were all for it, some were hesitant but took the vaccine and some were hesitant and wanted to wait for more information before making the decision. Then there are some who are completely against the vaccine and refused. All in all, we had an appropriate turnout for our clinic and more (residents and staff) will start the vaccine at the second clinic.”
In the meantime, Dickerson has requested help from the community to help market WCC’s array of services.
“We love hearing from you,” she said. “Please leave a review on Facebook or Google to spread the word of our amazing care center in Wellington. Visit us on Google by searching Wellington Care Center. On the right side of the screen you will see Write A Review.
On Facebook, go to Wellington Care Center page, click on Reviews.”
At WCC is where Dickerson began her nursing home career. She started as the business office/human relations manager in Wellington in 2015.
“I transferred to McLean Care Center shortly thereafter where I learned so much and got a good foundation of knowledge. Then I completed my training and internship to become an administrator. I have travelled a full circle coming back toWellington five years later.
March 2021 will be a year being back.”
What does Dickerson like about this particular nursing home facility?
“WCC just feels like home. The team, the spirit, the love of family and community for all residents and staff has truly made the decision to accept this position and make it an easy transition for me.”
A small community in San Jacinto County similar to Wellington is where Dickerson grew up. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University in Longview in May 2015. She has four daughters, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.
“The grand babies are the best,” she said. “Being a Mimi is truly an honor.”
Dickerson looks forward to the time when WCC will once again be able to open its doors. At this time, WCC is only allowed to permit Essential Care Givers (ECG) in the building. Each resident is allowed two ECGs. They cannot come at the same time, must have an appointment and provide a negative COVID test. The ECG visit is 45 minutes.
“Unfortunately, we are not doing in-person visits with volunteers and community members; however, we do offer Facetime, Google Duo, Skype and other ways to visit virtually. The residents love this as they can visit with more than one person. We will always continue to have window visits as well. These visits are also by appointment through our activities department led by Dorothy Massey.”