On Aug. 29, 2017, two special volunteers at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, received the 2017 Group Volunteer Award during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s awards luncheon in Nashville.
Olivia and Maddie Inman have been volunteering at The Heritage Center for three and a half years. Olivia is a retired special education teacher in Morristown, and Maddie is her 8-year-old Welsh Corgi mix. Not only do they visit the facility twice a week, but Olivia has also invited and monitored other therapy animals and their owners who visit residents.
“With each visit, they bring joy and comfort to staff and residents alike,” said Laura Sims, activity director at The Heritage Center. “It is profoundly moving to see how Maddie has the ability to calm and soothe agitated individuals while lifting the spirits of those who might be sad and lonely.”
“Our awards celebrate those individuals and volunteers whose dedication and commitment to our residents stand out in their profession,” said Jesse Samples, THCA executive director. “It’s truly an honor to recognize their achievements and shine a light on the many wonderful things happening in our long-term care facilities and communities.”