Diane Beri is described by her team at Beaumont Commons, Farmington Hills as “an absolute rock star.” She was recognized as a top-notch administrator with the Executive Director of the Year Award, which is given by the Michigan Center for Assisted Living, a division of the Health Care Association of Michigan.
“I am only as good as my team and this award recognizes the hard work and wonderful relationships that our team has created with each other and the residents we serve every day,” Diane said.
She has served in various roles within the senior care industry for nearly 30 years. For the past 12 years, Diane has served as executive director, managing both the independent and assisted living facilities at Beaumont Commons, Farmington Hills.
“Diane is a great leader, as evidenced by a dedicated and passionate team that deliver daily on resident-centered care,” said Margaret Lightner, vice president of Senior Services. What sets Diane apart is an interactive leadership style. Diane leads activities such as trivia, brain games and group crossword puzzles with residents. Diane dresses up for holidays and is at every campus event wearing gloves and a hairnet to serve food. No job or responsibility is beneath her, and her team follows her example.
Her priority is always what’s best for the residents and is adept in identifying mental changes, behaviors that could trigger a concern or physical setbacks causing a need for safer living environments.
Always empathetic and responsive, she communicates with family members to ensure the best outcome for the residents.
“It is not about what’s best for us, it’s about what’s best for the resident so they stay safe and lead the best life they can,” she said.
Recently, Diane became a certified dementia practitioner instructor and is working to make sure her entire staff receives the same training. With a Master of Science in dementia and several certifications, Diane understands the importance of education and sharing her knowledge with others and is described as an advanced problem-solving critical thinker by her colleagues.
She is often involved in high-level decision making with acute care campus leaders and is sought out for board positions, focus-groups and committees. She regularly leads Alzheimer’s and dementia educational series at the Commons to help families understand the challenges of caring for a loved one who is suffering from these diseases.
Diane is best described as an advocate for people who have lost their independence. She teaches caregivers how to do the “right thing” for their loved ones.