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Q&A with Daniel Frost, Executive Director, Heather Glen Senior Living
What was your first job?
I tell people that my first job was assistant paperboy. My brother had a paper route, and I would help him deliver the papers. I also worked at the newspaper inserting the sales flyers into the newspapers. I later had my own paper routes from the age of 12. In high school I had three paper routes, worked at the Boy Scout camp in the summer and at a dairy store during my senior year of high school.
I did all these jobs while achieving my Eagle Scout award, playing three varsity sports, marching band, high school and church choir, participating in the high school play and maintaining a respectable grade average. I never liked having idle time.
My first job out of college was the evening shift Radiologic Technologist at Oneida City Hospital in Oneida, New York.
How did you get into the senior industry?
I got into the senior industry with guidance from my mentor and department chair while attaining my Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management. At the time I was working full time as a Radiologic Technologist at Oneida City Hospital in New York. The hospital had 102 acute care beds and a 108 bed extended care (nursing home). Many of the patients I cared for were seniors.
As part of the Bachelor’s program we were required to serve a 3-month residency in a health care facility. My mentor told me, “If you want to receive great experience at a young age you should consider Nursing Home Administration.” I followed the lead and have been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 32 years.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my family who have stood by my side through my career and supported my decisions. I am proud that my wife of 29 years, Mary, and my two sons, Corey and Collin, have volunteered and worked with me in the industry and understand the dedication that is required to assure the residents receive quality care and service.
How do you define success?
I define success by enhancing the careers and lives of others. Being able to guide and mentor others in the field of senior housing and services provides me with success. Developing a caring service environment is true to my mission.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy most being in the presence of the residents. I like to talk, reminisce, and learn from the residents. I enjoy seeing the residents smile. I enjoy being with a caring team of caregivers who truly embody the mission and embody it daily. I enjoy most making a difference in the lives of others.