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OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual long-term care employees for their service to residents, the facility, and to their community. Heroes are nominated from long-term care facilities throughout Ohio.

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May Hero - Carolyn Biedenbach

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OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual long-term care employees for their service to residents, the facility, and to their community. Heroes are nominated from long-term care facilities throughout Ohio.




Olmsted Falls Caregiver Named May 2017 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored an Olmsted Falls, Ohio Personal Care Assistant as its May 2017 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Carolyn Biedenbach, Personal Care Assistant at Village of the Falls,an assisted living facility in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for May 2017. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

Biedenbach will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of May, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2017 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Patty Bodnar, Executive Director at Village of the Falls, says that Biedenbach is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Carolyn is an exceptional caregiver!" said Bodnar. “She has been employed with Village of the Falls for 11 years, and earlier worked at a caregiver at an assisted living facility in Medina for 15 years. Her time at both facilities shows her dedication and commitment to her residents, employers and her career!”  

Residents and coworkers say that Biedenbach is always willing to listen, taking extra time with residents. She is supportive and caring, and brings joy to the work day, every day.

“She lifts spirits and is great a problem-solving,” says Bodnar. “Carolyn is seen as a mentor; she is someone to look up to and learn from. She is a great team player, and coworkers know that when they work with her, it will be a positive, successful day. In short, she is just all kinds of amazing!”

Biedenbach’s colleagues and residents alike describe her as compassionate and outgoing, with a sunny disposition. Known to sing to residents, Biedenbach says that her favorite part of her job is “making the residents laugh and making their day brighter!” She says that “When I go home at the end of my shift and I know that I made someone laugh or sat with them when they were lonely, that is when I feel like I did my job.” 

"Carolyn was nominated due to her strong work ethic, her compassion towards everyone she encounters, and her dedication to her job and residents,” said Bodnar. “She is truly our Hero of Long Term Care!”

Village of the Falls is an assisted living community featuring modern efficiency apartments, one and two bedroom suites so residents can maintain their independence while having the convenience of on-site clinical services. This community features walk-in showers with safety features, spacious closets, individual temperature controlled units, complimentary wifi, an active social calendar, and more. The facility is located at 25920 Elm St., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138, 440-235-7590. For additional information visit www.sprengerhealthcare.com/communities/village-of-the-falls/

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 900 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing nearly 90,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services.  OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.