Associate Close-Up: Dawn Zindel, Director of Tapestries®

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


1Q: What is your name and position?

1A: My name is Dawn Zindel and I am the Director of Tapestries® at The Shores.


2Q: Why did you choose senior care and services as a career?

2A: I chose it because in my career as a social worker I felt this was one of the most undervalued populations and I wanted to help.


3Q: What do you like best about working in Tapestries® Memory Care?

3A: My job is exciting and new every day. I get to put a smile on the residents’ faces and they I.


4Q: In your opinion, what makes Tapestries® unique?

4A: It provides a beautiful quality of life I have never seen anywhere else. We live by the motto that our residents may not remember our names, but always how we make them feel.


5Q: What does Comfort Matters® mean to you?

5A:  Comfort Matters® allows those with Dementia to live their lives safely to the fullest.


6Q: What have you learned from working in Tapestries®?

6A:  Everyone has a story and everyone is unique.


7Q: What has been a memorable moment working in Tapestries®?

7A: I do not know if one stands out in particular. I make memories everyday with the residents and each one is special.


8Q: Do the residents inspire you? Does one Tapestries®’ resident stand out?

8A: Absolutely — the one that stands out is Cass. We always have meaningful conversations and she like me, chose social work for her career. Her kindness radiates to everyone.


9Q: Is there an older adult or grandparent who had a strong influence on your life?

9A: My mother worked as a 3-11pm charge nurse when I was a kid. My siblings and I would come see her every evening. My brother and I would do activities with the residents. Every one of them influenced me.


10Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

10A: I enjoy spending time with my daughter, family, and friends.


11Q: What is your favorite family tradition?

11A: My favorite family tradition is eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.


12Q: What are you most grateful for in your life?

12A: I am most grateful for my daughter, Faith.