Shannon Diemart, CDM, CFPP
"I have been a CDM, CFPP for 18 years. I started out in a hospital but shifted my focus to long-term care in 2006. For me, being a CDM, CFPP means making a difference in someone's life. For most nursing home residents, a lot of choices have been taken away from them due to age and health. However, at our facility, we have open dining, meaning they can order what they want, when they want. I have an incredible team of dietary staff who go above and beyond to make them what they want to eat. My staff members take time to get to know the residents and even prepare residents' old family recipes, if requested. Knowing that our department brings joy to the residents' lives makes me feel like what I do matters."