Meet Shelly Beatty, Director of Admissions

Picture It. Boonsboro 2021. You’re in the hospital recovering from your broken thingamajig that the doctor had to fix with the whatsitfor and the whodunit. You’ve healed nicely and been the ideal patient (hopefully!). However, you’re not quite out of the woods yet. The doctor still wants to make sure you get the appropriate care while you rehab your injuries. They bring up the idea of a stay in a skilled nursing facility. You look at your family in the room with you and ask the two questions at the forefront of your mind: Where should we go? And, more importantly, who do we talk to………

When you hear the word Admissions, what do you think of? Most likely, you think of that special time in your life when you were applying to colleges and having to submit essays to a review board for them to say yes or no. Or you can be honest and just admit that you think of John Belushi in Animal House. However, if it’s the former, you already have a pretty good idea of how Admissions works in a skilled nursing facility.

Every day patients are referred to Fahrney Keedy for either short term rehabilitative stays or for long term care where the facility becomes their permanent home. The Admissions Director goes through each referral and determines (based on a set criteria) who can be accepted. From there they begin communication with the hospital, case manager, social worker, POA, etc. about when, where, and how the patient will get here. They will then communicate those notes to our nursing staff so the medical team can be prepared for their arrival. The census then gets updated with where the resident will be residing during their stay. (If you think math is hard, try updating a census in the middle of a Covid-19 outbreak).

Once all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, Admissions will then meet with the family of the resident to dot actual i’s and cross actual t’s so that everything is in place for their loved ones. They will make sure that everyone has the appropriate information needed for their travels and stay. Think of them as your Fahrney Keedy flight attendant, only they let you go to the bathroom whenever you want and have a much larger variety of scarves to go with each outfit. And they play an obscene amount of Eric Clapton.

However they can help you during your travels to Fahrney Keedy, they are ready and willing. Word of advice though: If you hear a pair of high heels walking down the hall, you might want to fasten you seatbelt. Your flight attendant is on a mission.

Every week, we will be highlighting a member of the Fahrney Keedy Family to learn a little bit more about their life and career. They will be offering a unique perspective on their role as well as advice for those considering a career in senior living.

This week, we get a snapshot into the life and career of Shelly Beatty, Admissions Director:

Where did you go to school? “Wheeling College and West Liberty University. Both colleges were a short distance from my childhood home so that I could commute.”

Do you have any other certifications? “Yes, I was certified as Activities Director but when I became Admissions Director, I did not renew that certification.”

When did you know you wanted to work in Admissions? What drew you to your current position? “I was asked at another facility please take over the Business Office and that was my transition to the administration side of the nursing home.”

What brought you to Fahrney Keedy? “There was an Admissions Director position available and I applied. I knew a lot of the employees that were currently working at Fahrney Keedy and knew if they liked it there, this must be a great place to work.”

In honor of #tbt, we want to throw it back to your first day at Fahrney Keedy. What do you remember? ” I remember everyone was so welcoming and I jumped right in. At the time, I shared an office with Bambi Jackson, the Director of Care Management, and she even had my desk and supplies all ready for me. It was a really great day.”

What does a day in the life look like for you? What are your duties and responsibilities? ” We receive lots of referrals from all over from hospitals and care centers with patients needing placement. Each referral is reviewed both clinically and financially. Once a determination is made that we can accept the patient, we wait to hear from the hospital/care center that Fahrney Keedy was chosen. General duties include maintaining the census for Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Care Unit. reviewing each referral and acting as the liason for all the hospitals and care centers care management team. Once a patient has accepted a bed offer from Fahrney Keedy, the admissions team goes into action getting the patient ready to admit. The communication process to the whole team at Fahrney Keedy is key so that when the new resident comes through the door, the healing/rehab process can begin.”

Do you have a favorite memory from your time spent working here that you would be willing to share? “There was a resident in Independent Living that I became very fond of due to his love of guitar playing. We would have many conversations of where he played and his love of music. He passed away last year and his family still emails just to say hello. One day I was sitting in my office, and the family member knocked on my door to give me one of his t-shirts that he wore as a remembrance. It was so touching. This business of working at a nursing home is not just a paycheck for me, it is about doing good for those in need.”

This pandemic has been hard for everyone but especially those individuals working in healthcare. How did you personally get through it? “I am very fortunate because I have a great support system at home and a family that truly listens. My mother is in a nursing home in Wheeling, West Virginia and I have only seen her 3 times in the last year and a half. On my way home from work, I call her and we talk during the drive. If my mother can have the best attitude of this pandemic, I should not be complaining because residents have suffered the most during this time. It is about staying positive and knowing that maybe my positivity will be contagious to someone else that may not be having the greatest day.”

Oscar Wilde once said “with age comes wisdom”. What advice would you give to your younger self? “Don’t worry about things you cannot control and just accept each day as a gift. I look back at things that I have worried about and in the grand scheme of life, it was not worth the worry. Enjoy, laugh, have fun, smile, be happy, be spiritual, love, and be thankful for each beautiful day.”

What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming an Admissions Director in senior living? “It it a very fulfilling job that keeps you busy from the moment you hit the door. As an Admissions Director, you have to be a people person that is very organized and great at time management! The admissions team is the first point of contact of any new resident along with their family and loved ones. The communication process for a new admit is key to the whole facility and family. For most new admits, this is the first time that they need to stay “somewhere else” besides their home. The admissions team needs to be compassionate/welcoming as well as very knowledgeable of the whole process so that each admit is a success.”

Five Second Pose!

We asked Shelly five rapid fire questions to get to know her a little better:

Favorite Color – Blue, any shade (especially navy blue and denim)

Favorite Movie – This is a toughie because she has categories of movies but for a good laugh: Foul Play, for a snowy afternoon: The Godfather Series, and finally, so perfectly written and classic: Gone with the Wind

Favorite Disney Character – Cinderella

Favorite Superhero – John, her husband

Favorite Actor, Age 65 & Over – Barbara Stanwyck from “The Big Valley”

1 Fun Fact – Shelly loves Eric Clapton! She feels he is an unbelievable musician as well as a person. He changed his life and has used fame and fortune to benefit those that are in need.

Thank you so much to Shelly Beatty for sharing! Stay tuned next week when we add a new photo to our Family Album!