Nicole Painter

Life Engagement Director

After learning, living and traveling coast to coast and internationally, Quail Park of West Seattle Memory Care is excited to have Nicole Painter as our Life Engagement Director.

With a passion for art and photography Nicole spent two years in Sicily with the University of Maryland University College completing her Minor degree in Art History. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Humanities at UMUC, she decided to work for the University in Admissions before coming back to the West Coast. Nicole spent most of her life in San Diego and before heading to D.C., she also attended Cal State in Monterrey Bay.

When her Mom decided to retire in Seattle, Nicole thought it was a perfect opportunity to explore new horizons.
She remembers clearly her first moments in the Pacific Northwest. “It was 2008 and there was huge snowstorm. I remember going to a Seahawks game for 11 bucks”. After settling in, she dabbled in 35mm film photography and went to Photographic Center Northwest where she pursued her passion for photography, particularly in black and white film.

Nicole always had a keen interest in Elderly people. “Since I was 7 years old, I have always been intrigued with seniors”. Her path began to open doors that led her towards that passion for seniors. She became an Activity Assistant at Park West Nursing and Rehab in West Seattle. It was there, Nicole developed a Memory Care Program and quickly became the Manager of that program. Her focus was on Person Centered Care, one-on-one, and small groups based on cognition levels. There were three levels that incorporated things like Aroma Therapy, Hand Massages and Physical Therapies. She also created the Sunshine Club.  Everyone in the community had roles that entailed interacting with the residents. Nicole believes engaging our residents with purposeful daily activities and remembering that we are in their home is very important.

“If our residents are happy, everyone’s day is better” she says.  “I think about what it would feel like for myself or what I would want for my family. We have to get to know them as a person, both their past and their present and then create meaningful structure in their new home.” It is our job to make them feel as safe and as happy as possible. I like to center activities around our residents, not a predetermined program. Spending time in small groups and one-on-one is important so we can learn important characteristics about each resident”. Nicole is a big supporter of inter-generational programs and therapeutic pets. “Giving people joy and seeing that joy in someone’s face, is priceless and irreplaceable.”

Someday, Nicole would like to further her education in Social Work and get a Masters in Gerontology and Art Therapy.

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