Caregiver Wins State Award 

Amanda Foye spends her days bringing smiles to the faces of residents at Dirigo Pines in Orono. “She’s a person with a great big heart that she’s willing to share with all of us,” says resident Bill Anderson. Foye is the only activities assistant in the state to have won a Maine Healthcare Association Celebrating Excellence Award.”I was pretty excited. I got called into the executive director’s office and I was a little unsure about that at first and then they told me that I won the award so it was pretty exciting,” Foye remembered. Foye’s supervisor says her patient spirit and positive attitude are what make her great at her job.”She really is consistently cheerful, she’s kind, she’s generous, she loves the residents, she’s creative, she designs activities where the residents can be successful and happy,” says Juanita Taylor, Activities Director.Foye has been an activities assistant for two years. She says there’s more to her job than planning activities.”We come in and we interact, encourage them in their painting and things like that. Some of them don’t really have confidence or think that they can do it, but if you give them a little boost and tell them how great they’re doing and get down on their level, and just talk with them then it really shows.” The residents say they appreciate having Foye around. “Dirigo Pines is lucky to have Amanda. I am also lucky to have her because she is so wonderful to us. She knows my name, which is unbelievable in a way,” said resident Frances Rideout.