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Trena McHaley

Trena McHaley

Community Relations Director
Maplewood Gardens

So often I have been told by resident’s families: “I could never do your job!” but I can’t see myself doing anything else! I moved to Idaho from Montana in 1993 and my first job was working at a nursing facility as a NAC. Many times, I would go to the social worker when our residents or their families had needs or questions that I could not help with. During my time working there I decided I wanted to have the knowledge and help others the way he was able to. I enrolled in the local college, got my Associates then my bachelors and then my masters in 2001. I have worked in a variety of settings from schools to mental health to community advocacy and made full circle back to working with the elderly.

It often is a very difficult decision for both the elderly person who needs more assistance and for their families to make the transition to an environment that is not their own home. It is very rewarding when I can ease their fears and see the relief in the family’s eyes knowing that their loved one is now in a safe place and getting the help they need.

I have a passion for helping others and providing them with the tools for their success. I love my job and the people I work with. I enjoy being that go-to person that everyone can come to even when it sometimes is just a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on.

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