40 for 40: Judy Butzner & Muffin’s Story

When I started to volunteer for Capital Caring in 2014, I had no idea how I could be the most help to this organization.  I had been a facility manager for more than 20 years, which was an active position so I knew I did not want to sit at a desk.  I signed up for Patient Care not knowing how involved I would be with the patients.  I started working with the nursing aides on the 9 to 12 shift and I have to say from the first day I worked with the patients, I knew this was what I wanted to do for Capital Caring at the Adler Center. Every day I volunteer I feel so good about my interaction with the patients, their families, and Capital Caring staff.  It makes me feel so humble when a family member thanks me for taking care of their loved one.

I have a Therapy Dog named Muffin.  I think she likes to visit the patients as much as I do.  As soon as I put on her special vest, she gets excited because she knows where she is going — she loves all the hugs and pats she gets.

The Adler Center is a beautiful facility that makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable. It is a pleasure to come into the building knowing that in addition to the beautiful surroundings, everyone I work with are so caring to the patients and their families. I have never worked with a more dedicated group of individuals, whose primary goal is to make their patients comfortable while they are at the facility. I have many fond memories of certain patients that I have cared for since I started volunteering. Whenever I was having a down day, many of the patients — whose situations were so much worse than mine — would thank me for their care or ask me how I was doing or about my family.

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