Blossom Smith, Personal Care Coordinator at Country Meadows of Wyomissing, was honored by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) and Ceca Foundation by sharing her Story of Caring. Stories of Caring honorees are exceptional caregivers who go above and beyond in their role as a caregiver and were nominated by their peers who shared their inspiring stories.
“Blossom means everything to the care of our residents here,” says Laura Strausser, Campus Executive Director-Country Meadows of Wyomissing, adding, “Her name is synonymous with Country Meadows, and I hope that this award really just hits home with her and it means something. I just want her to know how special she is.”
Smith has worked with Country Meadows for the last 27 years. She says, “When I do my job, I do it from my heart. I think of my grandmother because I was raised by her.”
Smith was featured in a “Story of Caring” during the opening ceremony of the 2023 Pennsylvania Health Care Association convention at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos. Stories honor the human experience in healthcare communities, celebrating the work of exceptional caregivers.
Country Meadows’ residents echo Blossom’s kind, caring nature.
“The days Blossom isn’t here things just don’t go the same way,” says Country Meadows resident Pat Guy. “She’s top of the world in all those things. If you ever want anything done, you go to Blossom. She finds the time and the will to help everybody.”
In addition to being beloved by Country Meadows’ residents, Smith is respected by her co-workers and considered a mentor.
“She has no idea how wonderful she is,” says Strausser. “She’s dedicated her life to us; over 27 years she has been on our campus molding and mentoring our co-workers and creating the next generation of caregivers, being there to teach them so they come in everyday and treat all of our residents like family.”
“I am very blessed to be in her presence, to know her to have her as a guidance, a role model, someone to look up to,” says Jacque Klinger, personal care associate.
At the end of the day, Smith says her dedication comes from pure love for the residents. “I just love my job or I wouldn’t be here. 27 years of ups and downs. I love my residents; I love all of them!”