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:


What is your name and position?

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


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

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.


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

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


In your opinion, what makes Tapestries unique?

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.


What does the Tapestries Model of Care  mean to you?

It allows those with dementia to live their lives safely to the fullest.


What have you learned from working in Tapestries?

Everyone has a story and everyone is unique.


What has been a memorable moment working in Tapestries?

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


Do the residents inspire you? Does one Tapestries’ resident stand out?

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.


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

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.


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

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


What is your favorite family tradition?

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


What are you most grateful for in your life?

I am most grateful for my daughter, Faith.