Sandrock Ridge seeks to create positive atmosphere |

Sandrock Ridge seeks to create positive atmosphere

Dollie Rose and Wenona Harper sit at one of the activity tables of Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. The two were recently brought on as the new nursing home administrator and director of nursing, respectively.
Andy Bockelman

Within the health care system, giving the best treatment possible to patients is the most important element of the job. It’s also the driving force behind what the overseers of Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab hope to maintain within their facility as they start under fresh leadership.

The personnel of Sandrock changed with two familiar faces being brought into new positions: Dollie Rose was hired as the new nursing home administrator and Wenona Harper as the director of nursing, both in mid-June.

Harper was part of the nursing staff for the past two years before being promoted, while Rose previously spent four years as Sandrock’s social services director.

Both of them profess a love for the field of long-term care that has helped form their mission statement to provide the highest quality care and continue to increase the wellness of the building’s current 51 residents and any others who may come through the doors in the future.

Rose said she hopes to create an upbeat environment within Sandrock, which caters to the elderly populace as well as younger patients in need of long-term care and patients of all ages who attend the rehabilitation program.

“We’re trying to create a positive atmosphere here,” she said. “We’re trying to do more activities with residents and we’re also asking each resident and family members about what kind of choices they have here and making sure they’re getting provided with what they choose.”

Rose added that resident satisfaction is their primary goal.

On Harper’s end, keeping the nursing staff proficient is important. She is seeking out more RN’s (registered nurses), CNA’s (certified nursing assistants) and other qualified professionals to prevent the staff from being overworked.

“We want to provide them support when needed,” Harper said. “Retaining the staff that’s been here the longest has been a little difficult only because there are changes going on and people don’t like change sometimes. That turnover is something we’re trying to correct.”

Rose and Harper also strive to build good relationships with other health care outlets in the area, such as The Memorial Hospital.

“We want to be sure to work together to work together for the needs of our residents,” Rose said.

Additionally, the two said they would like to increase the community’s awareness of Sandrock and those who live there.

“We’re always looking for people to come in and visit with residents, read to them, play games, stuff like that,” Harper said.

Rose said the staff policy of treating elderly residents the way they would want their own parents and grandparents to be treated is crucial.

“I think we can always do more for them,” she said.

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or

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