In mid-July, Eberhardt Village, a senior community located in Arthur Illinois, welcomed Jennifer Starr, RN, as the new Community Director. With a passion for enriching the lives of residents, there is no one better suited for this position. As Jennifer assumes her new role, she is full of delight. Jen says, “I’m excited to get to know all the seniors and staff better. I’m excited for the future and all that we can accomplish.”
Jennifer grew up in the neighboring town of Sullivan, Illinois. At the age of 12, she discovered her desire to help others through nursing. Her grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and moved into Jennifer’s family home. Hospice nurses started to visit and Jennifer admired the compassion they showed her grandmother, realizing she wanted to become involved in nursing.
Jennifer attended Lakeland College and graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing in May of 2014. Following her graduation, she passed the nursing boards and earned her Registered Nurse title. In her career thus far, Jennifer has committed herself to caring for and enriching the lives of residents in various living facilities. Additionally, Jennifer has traveled throughout central Illinois consulting for different facilities. She has an extraordinary work ethic, at one point working within three different facilities at one time.
Now that Jennifer has joined the Eberhardt Village team, she is adjusting to her new role. Before she came to Eberhardt, she had always heard such wonderful things about this community. Since her arrival, she has not been disappointed! The staff is awesome, the facility is beautiful, and the residents are welcoming. Jennifer says that everyone has been amazing. She genuinely feels she is at home and that Eberhardt Village is where she is meant to be.
Most of all, Jennifer is excited to get to know the residents of Eberhardt, as well as their families. She wants to demonstrate that she is not just an administrator behind a desk, but rather someone who is involved with the residents and part of their daily lives. Jennifer explained that when she interviewed for the position, the toughest interview was with the residents who asked her what her goal was. Jennifer explains, “I understand that residents have worked their whole lives to be here. I want to ensure that I can make each resident’s time here happy.” Jennifer believes it is her responsibility to ensure residents are well taken care of and full of life. She wants you to enjoy life, because you deserve it!