Associate Close-Up: Ann Peters, Director of Director of Tapestries® Memory Care

We recently sat down with the Director of Director of Tapestries® Memory Care at Collingswood to learn more about her life and the passion she has for senior care services. These are her words:

 

Q: What is your name and position?

A: Ann Peters, Director of Director of Tapestries® Memory Care at UMC at Collingswood.

 

Q: What do you like best about working for United Methodist Communities?

A:  The relationships I have built with residents, families, and staff.

 

Q: What makes United Methodist Communities unique?

A: The level to which we put the resident’s comfort and happiness first.

 

Q: What does “Abundant Life” mean to you?

A: Living life the way that you want it – what brings you comfort, mind, body, and spirit.

 

Q: What have you learned from working at UMC?

A: I’ve learned there are so many caring, compassionate people who live and work here.

 

Q: What has been your proudest moment at UMC?

A: Seeing my team grow and the impact they have on the residents’ wellbeing since opening Tapestries.

 

Q: What has been your career progression at UMC?

A: I started as Assisted Living Social Worker and received a promotion to Director of Memory Support Services.

 

Q: Why did you choose senior care and services?

A: I chose it because of my love for the senior population.

 

Q: Is there an older adult who had a strong influence on your life?

A: Yes, my grandparents.

 

Q: Do you have a prominent memory of your grandmother and/or grandfather?

A: Yes. My grandfather was my last living grandparent and he passed away a little over a year ago at age 92. He lived an active life with my grandmother until she began showing symptoms of dementia. He cared for her at home over many years until he was unable to do so. They were married for over 60 years. My grandfather had so much joy watching my children (his great-grandchildren) grow up. Even though we did not see him often because they lived in Florida, when we did, he was so happy.

 

Q: Do the residents inspire you? Does one resident stand out?

A: Yes. The strength they have in their faith and peace they have with the lives they have led.

 

Q: Where did you grow up? Where else have you lived?

A: I grew up in Linden, New Jersey (Union County) and I currently live in Washington Township, in the southern part of the state.

 

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

A: I like hiking, yoga, and spending time with family.

 

Q: What is your favorite family tradition?

A: All of us eating dinner together on Sundays.

 

Q: What are you most grateful for in your life?

A: My family.