Anita Quast has the type of job that many people hope for – one that’s enjoyable and fulfilling.
On her five-minute commute to work as the activity director at Good Samaritan Society – Arlington in Arlington, Minnesota, she says she looks forward to whatever the day will bring.
“It doesn’t seem like I’m going to work,” Anita says. “I like working with seniors and being an advocate for them.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Anita spends a lot of one-on-one time with residents doing activities.
The center has an iPad, which Anita uses to help residents do virtual visits and watch church services. She also does bingo, trivia and other activities with them.
Helping where she can
Anita is not only the activity director at Arlington, but she’s also a cook in the dietary department. Administrator Tiffany Brockhoff says Anita played a huge role in saving the kitchen when there were seven open positions needing to be filled.
Anita cooks on Wednesdays and every other weekend. When she’s in the kitchen, other staff members help with the activities she has planned.
“Anita stepped up to help wherever was needed and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, recruited her children to work alongside her,” says Tiffany.