Mike Terrill owes a lot of his happiness to his grandparents.
As the new executive director of Eagle Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Terrill spends quite a bit of time with the elderly, something that was common during his childhood.
“I think one of the reasons why I enjoy working with the elderly and the relationships I have with people in the nursing home is because I was very lucky to have spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was growing up in Muscatine,” Terrill said.
Mike’s relationship with his grandparents grew at their home and on vacations. When the time came for his grandmother to go into a nursing home, Mike was involved with the care she received.
“I grew up being around older people and really enjoyed that,” Mike, 57, of Clinton, said.
Mike has worked with seniors and those with disabilities for years. When he was 22, Mike became one of the youngest administrators at the time in Iowa when he started at the county care facility in Muscatine. He worked in the activities department at that same facility prior to becoming its administrator. He remained there for 13 1⁄2 years. He also has worked as administrator of facilities in Davenport, Kankakee, Ill., and Dubuque.
In 1990, Mike returned to school. He received a bachelors degree from Marycrest College in Davenport in history and secondary education.
“Once I completed my college education, I really missed working with people with disabilities and with the elderly. So that’s why I changed my career plans,” Mike said.
He continued working in the field of care and moved to Clinton 13 years ago. He worked as program development director at Pathway Living Center.
Mike started at Eagle Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 19. The facility’s reputation as a provider of rehabilitation services and long-term care brought him to the center. He was surprised and pleased by the number of people who received short-term rehabilitation services and then went back to their homes. There were 114 such patients in 2011.
“My goal as administrator is to provide our residents and our patients with the best quality of life possible,” Mike said.
Mike loves sitting down with the residents and just listening to them talk. He likes hearing their stories about their lives.
“We have so much to learn from these past generations,” Mike said.
Mike’s favorite part of being at the facility is joining in with the residents. Due to his past program and activity development experience, Mike enjoys participating in activities alongside the residents. He loves when they have sing-along and enjoys working on puzzles with the residents.
“Our activities provide a variety of opportunities for residents to cover their spiritual and emotional and physical needs, recreational needs,” Mike said.
Being a member of Rotary International, and volunteering with the Clinton Humane Society and Gateway Contemporary Ballet keeps Mike busy when he’s not at work.