A Little Thank You Goes a Long Way (Twelve Oaks)

By: Justine Smith, New Media/Web Content Coordinator

Quality care at DePaul senior living communities means providing the optimum level of support to each resident while remaining sensitive to each individual’s assessed needs. This level of care is especially imperative for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

At Twelve Oaks, a DePaul Senior Living Community in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, staff went above and beyond to meet the needs of a resident with dementia.

As part of her diagnosis, resident Shirley Bowes believes she is actually a Twelve Oaks employee. This “role” has given her a sense of purpose, according to her delighted husband, John.

Shirley was voted “Employee of the Month” at the community’s most recent staff meeting. This video shows the touching moment when Shirley, joined by her husband John and her son John Jr., received her certificate and flowers. 

“This was definitely one of those times you will never forget,” said Administrator Penny Haynes. “It reinforces why caring for the elderly is so important. I don’t think there were many dry eyes in the room!”

John Jr., Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Instructor at Surry County Schools, concluded Shirley’s presentation with this sentiment: “In my line of business I often get thanks for my service. Today, I want to thank each and every one of you for your service. This has been a wonderful experience for Mom.”


Learn more about Twelve Oaks and DePaul’s additional senior living communities in New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. DePaul Senior Living Communities provide the comforts of home, a commitment to enhancing quality of life, and personal care services in a supportive environment that promotes independence.

One thought on “A Little Thank You Goes a Long Way (Twelve Oaks)

  1. Joseph Auria says:

    Congratulations to Shirley and the great staff at Twelve Oaks from the Residents and Staff at McKinley Square Buffalo NY.

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