Chris Delancey’s beginnings in the field of healing care stemmed from his time serving as a nurse in the military. He said, “everything fell into place,” after his role in the service. After leaving the military, he became a CNA, and eventually moved into his current position as a Nursing Admin Staffing Coordinator. Throughout this journey, Delancey discovered his deep, innate compassion for others living with health ailments or caring for sick loved ones.
“When someone needs help, and you can put a smile on their face, it’s a good feeling,” Delancey said. “I’m going to treat these residents like I treat myself, and respect them.” He stressed the importance of maintaining a positive attitude throughout the day, as other people will “feed off that positive energy.”
Unsurprisingly, respect and integrity are the Consulate core values Delancey focuses on most of all. “No one’s going to babysit you. You have to do the right thing at the end of the day. Treat everyone with respect no matter their background—both residents and coworkers. No one is below you.”
If conflict arises, Delancey advised: “Talk to people and ask them about the issue and how we can fix it and make it better.”
Delancey has been part of the Brookshire community for three years now. He appreciates the “positive environment” of the care center, and aptly explained: “The people you’re surrounded by can make you or break you… They can affect you mentally and physically. . . [The staff here] enjoy coming to work and not being overworked.”
Savannah Sigman, a fellow Brookshire employee, nominated Delancey for this CHIRP Spotlight recognition, writing: “Chris always treats resident with compassion, making sure everyone treats each other with respect, and helping [residents] learn how to live together.”
In his kind, warm demeanor, Delancey passed on the secret to his compassion and adaptability in his health care career: “Patience. Patience, patience, patience. People can be rowdy, a little crazy sometimes, but you have to always think with a calm mind. Take a breather, and go nice and slow with people.”
In the future, Delancey plans to earn his LPN degree, and in his free time, he enjoys traveling, trying different restaurants and foods, and playing sports– especially lacrosse and basketball. Delancey has a courageous and adventurous streak, as he wants to go skydiving soon.