Friends, family and co-workers filled Sunrise Manor’s Adult Daycare facility Thursday to offer best wishes to Beverly Heath on her last day as director.
Heath, retiring after 25 years, began her Sunrise career as a nurse’s aide before taking over as daycare director. She’s seen the program grow from three clients to 18; the daycare expand from a room to its own building; and a name change. Signature Healthcare, the managing company, has dubbed it Sunrise Manor Silver Angels Adult Daycare.
She supervised a staff of four, providing programs, food and entertainment to daycare clients who are able still to live in their own homes.
Activities Assistant Elvon Skaggs, who has worked at Sunrise for 22 years, said the program was a success because the “daycare clients always came first” to the staff.
“They fell in love with us – and we fell in love with them,” Skaggs said.
Human Resources Director Sarah Graham said Heath would be remembered for always greeting visitors with a smile, her outhouse collection and programs she presented about moonshine.
She enjoyed visiting Daycare, she said, because “they always had fun … and good food.”
Heath was presented several gifts including a quilted wall hanging with photos of past and present Daycare clients and a “circle of friends” bracelet.
Heath shared several stories about adventures she and her staff shared with clients – including an unpaved road trip guided by a blind man and an overnight outing to Renfro Valley where a client lost their dentures in a pillowcase.
Heath said she will continue working with her husband, Pat, on their farm, volunteer with the genealogy society and serve on the LaRue County Agriculture Extension Council.
Heath’s replacement is Matt Johnson of Elizabethtown.