Earlier this year, Administrator Tron Dandy left Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee to accept a job in Harlan.
This is Kabrick's first nursing home administrative experience, and when asked about being here in Cherokee she stated, "It's fantastic,and I couldn't ask for a better first home. The people are wonderful and I've gotten really close to a lot of the residents already."
Kabrick earned her four-year degree in Healthcare Administration at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and has been a Sales Manager at U.S. Cellular for the past 4 1/2 years.
When asked what led her to Cherokee and Careage Hills, she responded, " I had a real good opportunity. I knew Tron previously, and he told me that there was an opening so I applied."
She also said that she did her practicum with Tron's dad, Terry Dandy, at St. Luke's in Sioux City and he was her mentor.
Kabrick also stated that her goals for Careage Hills are, "I'm going to continue to do what we are doing and update when necessary. I really want to be community based and to spend a lot of time out in the community meeting people and getting to know people. Those are some of my goals in making me and my team successful."
She added, "We are an Eden certified home which means we create coalitions of people and organizations that are committed to creating better social and physical environments for people. We are dedicated to helping others create enlivened environments and the elimination of the three social plagues which are Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom."
"We are dedicated to helping people grow. The core concept of the Eden Alternative is strikingly simple. We teach ourselves to see the environments as habitats for human beings rather than facilities for the frail and elderly," said Kabrick.
"The Eden Alternative shows us how companion animals, the opportunity to give meaningful care to other living creatures, and the variety and spontaneity that mark an enlivened environment can succeed where pills and therapies may not always work." continued Kabrick.
"Our goal is to help people weave together the philosophy of The Eden Alternative with the real world of daily practice. Creating an Elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life," she added.
"Our Mission is to improve the well-being of Elders and those who care for them by transforming the communities in which they live and work," continued Kabrick.