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Eskaton Village lead housekeeper earns award for outstanding team member

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Candice Nutting, the lead housekeeper at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley, was given the Outstanding Team Member award from the California Assisted Living Association.

Awards were given based on their commitment to providing outstanding, quality care and service to residents in the assisted living communities where they work. Nutting will receive her award on June 5.

According to a release from the association, residents and staff describe Nutting as "quiet and unassuming, never one to seek attention," yet her contributions to residents' quality of life, overall community culture, and community-at-large are significant. As captain of the wellness committee, she helps residents, family members, and staff to get involved in healthy activities. In addition, she is described as an active participant in area fundraisers, helping to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure and the Relay for Life, among others.

But her biggest impact is described as on the lives of her residents. When Nutting first started at the community in 2006, one of the residents would sometimes become nervous when she arrived to clean.

"The first time this happened, I gave him a hug just to reassure him," said Nutting in the release. "Thereafter, I always greeted him with a hug when I came to clean his room just so he'd know all was well."

This resident taught her how to care for the Koi fish that lived in a pond near his apartment. Now, more than 10 years later, she continues to take care of the fish in his honor.

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Besides the individual award, the California Assisted Living Association also awarded Atria Senior Living with its Elevate Award, honoring assisted living, memory care and child care resource service providers who create and implement programs that elevate residents' and staff members' quality of life and engage the community.

One of the 37 Atria Senior Living centers is in Grass Valley.

Source: California Assisted Living Association

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