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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 - Betty Bianchi

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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.




Findlay Activity Aide Named May 2019 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Findlay, Ohio long-term activity aide as its May 2019 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Betty Bianchi, Activity Aide at Birchaven Village in Findlay, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for May 2019. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Bianchi will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of May, and she will be recognized at the Association’s 2020 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Rebecca Adams, Activity Coordinator at Birchaven who nominated Bianchi for the honor, says that Bianchi is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Betty has earned a great deal of respect from residents, co-workers and families," said Adams. "She makes it her job to be aware of their personal preferences, including likes and dislikes and the stories that each one has," she added.

Adams says that Bianchi's understanding of resident and families -- and her role -- make her a unique asset.

"It can be difficult to understand what we actually do, and why," said Adams. "One night she wrote some words that put it all into perspective, ending with 'I can't do anything about what they've lost and I certainly can't give them tomorrow -- but I can give them today.' This perfectly described the importance of the activity department."

Bianchi has been with Birchaven for 11 years, and previously worked as a teacher assistant in the school system. In addition to her time at the facility she volunteers for a number of community groups and activities.

"Betty is admired for her courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities; she is a teacher and a peacemaker," Adams said. "Betty garners trust and respect from her co-workers by extending it to them first; "she is truly our Hero of Long-Term Care!"

Birchaven Village provides a continuum of care to seniors living in Hancock County and surrounding communities. The campus includes assisted and independent living apartments, rehabilitation services as well as long term and memory care. The facility is located at 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, OH 45840; 419-425-3122. Additional information is available online at www.birchaven.org/birchaven-village/birchaven-village-home.

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more that 1000 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.