May 11, 2016
Cal joined Vista Prairie Communities in 2003, in the Memory Care unit of Goldfinch Estates, our Fairmont Minnesota community. In 2012, Cal moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon Iowa as the Executive Director. Prior to Vista Prairie Communities, Cal worked in Mental Health for 20 years and found he most enjoyed working with older adults.
The job of Executive Director keeps Cal very busy but he still finds time to stop and visit with residents and staff. One of the most enjoyable parts of Cal’s job is giving tours to potential residents. “I get to show off our community and staff."
Cal earned his Validation Teaching Certificate in 2010. One of his goals for Vista Prairie Communities is an expansion of the Memory Care program to include a Validation Training Program for staff and families. Cal has been an Alzheimer's Support Group Facilitator for over 10 years and has also mentored Adults with Mental Health Challenges for the past 20 years. In 2007, the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance named Cal its Caregiver of the Year.
When Cal is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting zoos, watching movies and cooking fun meals. “Fieldcrest is my family. I am very lucky to work with such a great team. The residents and staff are a huge blessing for VPC.”