Celebrating 50 years at Taylor Manor
Reflecting on her 50 years as an employee at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles, Ailene True says she and her four sisters got a strong work ethic from their parents, Carl and Susie Blevins. All five sisters have worked at Taylor Manor through the years and share a willingness to care for people like family. "We've always felt like that we would treat (the residents of Taylor Manor) the same way we'd want somebody to treat our mother and father," says True. "And if you can't treat them the way you'd want your parents to be treated, then I don't think it's the job for you." Seeing a smile on the face of a resident when she comes into a room and taking time to talk during a meal makes "all the difference in the world," True says. Still full-time, the 67-year-old Woodford County native says she likes her work too much to even think about retirement. True spoke about her five decades at Taylor Manor during a celebration of her 50th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 5. She especially enjoyed seeing former co-workers who have now retired, but became more like "one big family" during their many years together. For her, Taylor Manor has become like a home away from home. Her mom, four aunts and a son have also worked there. She even met her husband, Joe, in the chapel - at Taylor Manor. The couple will celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary in December. True says she started working as a nurse's aide at Taylor Manor when she was a 17-year-old student at Woodford County High School in October 1967. Her aunt, Thelma Blevins, had a job there, but "I didn't even know Taylor Manor existed; never heard of it. Didn't even know where it was," True remembers. True got her driver's license at age 18 because she got tired of waiting for someone to pick her up from work. She later took classes and became a Certified Nursing Assistant before she started doing office work at Taylor Manor. Throughout her five decades there, True has always taken pride in helping the residents. She did whatever she was called upon to do - and still does. "If I needed somebody to make beds," says Sister Mary Faustina, Taylor Manor's administrator, "she'd go down the hall and make beds for me." She can also rely on True's insight about the past when making decisions about the future. And she can count on True to be gentle, kind and always patient with residents who may take a bit longer to finish breakfast or a conversation. "You have to like the job you're doing. And I do," says True. "I enjoy the work that I do." She has also been fortunate to work for an employer that allowed her to miss work if needed "because they knew I'd be here when I could be here," she says. That has not changed. "She's ... very reliable," says Sister Faustina. "I know she's going to be here."