Generations at Applewood has a great staff. When you visit or tour Generations at Applewood, you will have the opportunity to meet members of our leadership and management team. Please make a point to stop in or introduce yourself while you are visiting our community. Our staff loves to meet the families and friends of our residents and guests.
Dianne has been a part of Generations at Applewood for 22 years. Her administrator role consists of directing the facility based on policies and procedures established by the State, the hiring/training of employees, and preparing official reports for state and federal agencies. She also directs the activities of the medical, nursing, clerical, housekeeping, maintenance, social service, and activity staff.
Her past experiences include six years as the Director of Nursing (DON), which required her expertise in the absence of the administrator, a Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator that ensured all services provided were accurately captured to optimize reimbursement. She has a degree in nursing.
“I love the residents and my job, because the residents appreciate what you do for them, and for me their diverse pasts and experiences enrich my life. It’s amazing what I see and hear. My residents and their wealth of knowledge are valuable. They all have a reason and a purpose to enrich our lives.”
In her spare time Dianne bakes and participates in singing and teaching at her church.
Sekena communicates daily with social workers and case managers and handles all inquiries regarding admissions from families, hospitals and insurance companies. She conducts tours, completes all admission paperwork, assists the families with all needed documents, and verify insurance. She also supports the Director of Nursing while handling a variety of tasks at the facility. Her most enjoyable role is maintaining patient relations by facilitating open channels of communication with patients, their families, other departments.
“I love assisting the families, since this is a new journey for them, it feels good to put their mind at ease. Working with the residents is rewarding because they have experienced so much in life and have great stories. I also love the daily interaction with the families and the residents.”
Sekena has been with Generations at Applewood since 2015. She previously held a position in the senior services department at Catholic Charities where she was responsible for processing the screenings that determined if the applicants were appropriate for the program and the facilities. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Management, with plans to obtain her master’s degree next year.
Sekena resides in Lynwood, IL with her husband and three sons.