Whether it’s an engaging conversation or having a good laugh, our caregivers bring their unique personalities to the Three Rivers community, offering residents an all-around charming experience. Because our caregivers take the time to learn meaningful details about each resident, trusted relationships are formed, creating a foundation for a better understanding of residents’ daily and long-term wants and needs. This philosophy of personalized care makes it easier, and more enjoyable, for our residents to reach the goals they set for themselves.
With a military and long-term care background, Tara Dunnick understands the value of teamwork. Growing up in long-term care under the watchful eye of her Administrator father, Tara learned that the keys to providing the highest standards of care require skills not often found in a regulatory handbook. She prides herself and her team on having an open door policy to foster better communication, active engagement, and inclusion.
Tara’s time in the U.S. Navy and her 10 years of civilian employment with the U.S. Army shaped her vision and management style. Her compassion for residents and support of staff is a natural extension of her training which promotes the teamwork model. Tara knows that, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller
Brittney Smallwood Ward, LPN, has a knack for building trusted relationships with residents, their families and other staff, helping to establish a family-oriented environment at Three Rivers. She’s often told, “Everything she does, she does with passion and purpose, giving 100 percent.”
From personal experience with her grandmother and her time in nursing school to today, long-term care has always held a special place in Brittney’s heart. As the co-chair for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, she is also passionate about actively helping to find a cure for the disease.
Brittney brings nearly a decade of long-term care experience to our Three Rivers community, including being a Charge Nurse for several years. She’s served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator, Rotary Secretary, and a cheerleader and softball coach.