Audra Hughes recognized for lifetime of community involvement
For the second year in a row, a Sunset Manor resident has received a prestigious state award. On March 6, Coffey County native Audra Hughes received the Ambassador of Community Involvement Award presented by the Kansas Health Care Association (KHCA) in Topeka. Audra was nominated by the staff at Sunset Manor, Waverly, where she resides.
“Audra is humble, kind and a very loving person. She not only maintains a positive attitude throughout the day, but also makes it a point to encourage and motivate others,” said Sunset Manor Director of Nursing Krista Cubit.
Audra graduated from Burlington High School in 1955 and then attended appraisal school. For eighteen years, she served the Coffey County community as Deputy County Clerk. She had a great rapport with the community.
She is a member of Burlington Methodist Church, where she served dinners and volunteered for many events. She was also an outgoing Sunday school teacher for first through third grades.
Audra was a devoted wife for 43 loving years to her husband, Jim. The couple was blessed with a son named Harlan. She cared for many loved ones, including her grandmother and both parents, when they became unable to take care of themselves. Audra also cared for her husband when his health declined.
Many connections and relationships have been formed while she’s been a resident of Sunset Manor. She is the resident council president, facility greeter, as well as the leader of a group of ladies who sit together for all meals, share memories and each other’s enjoyment.“Audra is always open to new ideas, loves to try new activity assignments, and encourages others to join in as well,” states Cubit.
She continues her community spirit to this day. Audra donates her handmade scrub pads to Coffey County Hospital Gift Shop where the proceeds then benefit the Sunset Manor activity fund. Along with her love of crocheting, she makes baby blankets for expecting mothers who work at Sunset Manor.
Each year, KHCA invites nursing homes throughout the state to look at the elders in their care and raise up one individual who best meets the qualities that make this the greatest generation.
Photos (Top) Sunset Manor resident Audra Hughes is presented the Ambassador of Community Involvement Award from the Kansas Health Care Association.
(Left) Audra was accompanied to the presentation in Topeka by (l-r) MDS Nurse Diana Thomsen, CHS Vice President of Ancillary Services James Higgins, former Activities Director Anna Zuern, Clinical Manager Laura Keegan, and Director of Nursing Krista Cubit.
The KHCA is a statewide non-profit association that
represents over 200 long-term care providers. Founded in 1951, KHCA is
the largest association of its kind in Kansas. Its members are composed
of for-profit and not-for-profit facilities consisting of nursing
facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities for mental
health, intermediate care, facilities for the intellectually disabled,
and hospital-based long-term care units.
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