DUBOIS – Ten PEERs graduated on April 9 at Christ the King Manor (CTKM) of DuBois, wearing mortarboards and purple tassels with their year of graduation.
PEER stands for Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents Program. Four participating PEERs reside at CTKM Nursing Home and six reside at CTKM Personal Care Home.
PEERs were presented with certificates of completion, the PEER badge with the starfish logo, starfish pins with the story “Making a Difference One at a Time,” PEER door signs and PEER shirts embroidered with the starfish logo.
Family members, residents and staff were invited to attend. Christ The King Manor’s Nursing Home Administrator, Sam Zaffuto, and Personal Care Home Administrator, Angila Amundson, gave remarks and
Deacon William Wright offered the invocation and benediction.
Following the graduation ceremony, PEERs and guests enjoyed a luncheon prepared by CTKM’s Activities Professionals Kim McMonagle, Debbie DeChurch and Debbie Mohney.
Sessions were conducted by staff ombudsman Jeanne Urban with assistance from ombudsmen Joan Bracco. The Clearfield County PEER Program now has 61 PEERs in three facilities.
For additional information on this program and others offered by the CCAAA, please visit their website at www.ccaaa.net or call 814-765-2696.
Programs and services of the Agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.
In the front row are PEERs Bobby Woodall, Donna Beck, Ethel O’Hara and Mary E. Shaffer.
In the middle row are PEERs Mary Miknis, Betty Betta and Millie Sebring.
In the back row are Activities Aide Debbie DeChurch, PEER Anna Ewing, PEER Barbara Canale, PEER Bob Worthington, Personal Care Home Administrator Angila Amundson, Nursing Home Administrator Sam Zaffuto and Activities Aide Debbie Mohney.