A registered nurse with a quarter-century of experience in the profession is assuming the lead position at WEL-Life in Alta, and is looking forward to helping the four-year old facility continue to grow.
Janelle Biggerstaff, an RN with experience in the fields of geriatrics, psychology, children and adolescence, and nurse administration, is the new program director and administrator at WEL-Life, taking over the reins from Wendy Nelson, who resigned last month to take a similar position in Sibley.
Biggerstaff, the RN Service Care Coordinator at the assisted living facility for the past two years, will be responsible for leading and directing all of the care needs for each of residents at the home, and said she is excited about her new job responsibilities.
"I love helping people, and I'm really looking forward to this," Biggerstaff said. "I especially love the concept of assisted living that is here, because it allows the people living here to have a good quality of life and still maintain their respect and dignity."
Biggerstaff completed her nurses training in 1978, and then took jobs in both the geriatrics and psychology nursing fields before becoming the director of nurses at a facility in Cedar Rapids. She then left the leadership position to return to jobs in psychology and children and adolescence. She then accepted the position at WEL-Life in 2001, and said she will try to continue the same level of professional service as before.
"There aren't going to be too many major changes," Biggerstaff said. "One thing I would like to do is try to increase the number of outdoor opportunities that the residents have, such as demonstrations or activities whenever possible."
Biggerstaff will also be responsible for the continuous care analysis and performance measurements for employees of the facilities.
Biggerstaff has four sons, Brock, Kyle, Kory and Jake, who all attend Aurelia High.