The new director of Adult Day Services at Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community wants to give clients a place to feel comfortable, cared for, and safe. Kristine Morrone took on the role in May. Previously she was RN program director for adult day, skilled development, weekend respite for critically ill and/or fragile children, and adult weekend respite at Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties. Most recently she worked as an admission nurse for Hospice of the Valley.
“We are very excited to have Kris as part of our team,” said Eric Murray, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation executive director of senior care and services. “With the unique variety of programs we have here on campus we feel our Adult Day program is well positioned to offer an outstanding program to this community while filling a critical community need.”
Morrone will supervise adult day services, meet with participants and families for care plans, and set goals for the participants. She will also organize outings and ensure they are in compliance with PASSPORT rules. The adult day services program is designed to help seniors remain active, involved, and independent. They play games, exercise, participate in Heritage Manor activities such as painting, take field trips, and more. During the recent pandemic, the program was put on hold. “I want to restart and grow the Adult Day Program to meet the needs of our ever expanding senior population,” Morrone said. “I’m looking forward to interacting with our clients and sharing quality time with them.” Morrone attended Kent State University Trumbull and earned an associate degree in nursing from Mercy College of Northwest Ohio at the St. Elizabeth Youngstown branch. When she’s not working, Morrone enjoys spending time with family and friends. “We have a camp in the Allegheny Mountains so I enjoy going off the grid and relaxing there,” she said. She and her husband Jim have three daughters, Katie, Nicole, and Sara, and a grandson, Everett, as well as two rescue dogs, Bernie and Poe.