When it comes to spotting caregiving talent, few have the eye and the experience a local nonagenarian has. Arlys Benjamin, a resident at Woodbury Senior Living in her nineties, helps identify caregivers who are dedicated to their work and deserve a scholarship to further their education in the field.
Originally from Corvuso, Minnesota, Arlys received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota. After that, she taught licensed practical nurses (LPNs) for twenty years at the College of Nursing in Minneapolis.
With her extensive experience and intellect, Arlys knows quality when she sees it. She takes pride in recognizing wonderful aides and rewarding them with her recommendations for scholarships.
Bradly Terrell has worked for a year as an aide at Woodbury Senior Living, and is attending Century College to become a RN (registered nurse). He is in the process of being awarded a special local scholarship after he was recommended by Arlys.
Charles Nyanway, also an aide at Woodbury Senior Living, is on track to apply for a scholarship thanks to Arlys, and aspires to be a LPN.
While the scholarships Aryls supports caregivers for are for local employees only, other senior care providers throughout Minnesota offer scholarships or loan forgiveness programs, some of which are funded by the State of Minnesota. Just this past legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers passed and the Governor signed a measure to increase funding for scholarships and support other career development opportunities in the field of long term care. This is important to help ensure today’s and tomorrow’s seniors have the care they need, when they need it.
Back in Woodbury, Arlys is keeping up the important work of recognizing devoted senior care workers and helping them further their careers. And now she has help. Since Arlys began taking part in this process, her roommate has joined her in spotting deserving talent!