Jacob Shearer is the new administrator at NHC Place, an assisted living facility in Anniston. Although he is new to the area, he is very familiar with the company, as he has worked at their facilities in other locations, and Shearer’s father has worked with the company for over three decades.
How did you come to NHC Place in Anniston?
I started with NHC back in 2008 in high school. I worked in various jobs and positions there. I majored in business management at Clemson. After graduating, I started full time at NHC in Anderson, S.C., and I did a training program to become a licensed nursing home administrator in the state. I was most recently transferred to train at NHC Farragut in Knoxville, Tenn., where I stayed for about 13 to 14 months before coming here. I am looking forward to the opportunity of being here in Anniston.
Why did you decide to get into this field?
I was sort of “born into” healthcare. My dad worked as a long-term care administrator with NHC for over 30 years. As I grew up, I felt led to work in long-term care. My sister, brother and I were always volunteering at the center in Laurens, S.C. We were constantly able to see Dad at work; it was inspiring. This work is rewarding at the end of the day.
What is NHC Place?
NHC Place is a specialized care and assisted living facility. We offer standard assisted living, where folks may just need a little help with their activities and daily living. On the specialized care side of things, there may be folks who need a little more help than others, including folks that need help with memory care; we provide a structured environment which helps stabilize their day-to-day activities.
How many residents do you have?
We have 67 apartments here, and we have the capacity for 88 residents.
How many staff members work at NHC Place?
We call our employees “partners.” We have roughly 65 partners, which creates a family-like environment.
Take us through a typical workday for you.
The great thing about working on the administrative side of assisted living like NHC Place is that you can come in with an agenda, but you never know what your day will entail. There are so many activities, and it is like being part of a really big family. Stuff comes up all day long that you get to jump in and be a part of. You typically think of administrative work as handling the business side of the center, it is so much more than that; it is being part of a team to enhance quality of life.
What is a typical day like for residents at NHC Place?
There are different recreational opportunities available throughout the day. Of course, everyone looks forward to the three meals and snacks provided throughout the day. Everyone gets their day started off with a nice warm breakfast in the dining room with us. All of our meals are served restaurant-style, and residents get to pick from a selection on a menu. I asked some of the ladies this morning what their favorite activity was, and they all answered “Bingo!” So that is a big priority here. We also have church services for our residents. We try to provide as many recreation opportunities a day as possible.
Tell us about your experience at NHC Place in Anniston so far.
I have been taken in as a sort of grandson by so many folks here. I am a little slender, so they want to make sure I get fattened up (laughs). I will walk into my office, and there will be food spread across the desk waiting for me. This is a family-like environment, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with our residents and their families and our partners.
Faith Dorn is a freelance writer in Anniston. Contact her at email@example.com.