Deb Carroll, Dietary Technician, has been with Liberty since 2001 when she first started out at a part-time employee. Deb hadn’t always been in this field. After working many years in the food service industry, she decided to go back to school at Fulton–Montgomery Community College. Once Deb began her second career, here at Liberty, she progressed to a full time position as the need arose.
Tasha Marsh, Director of Clinical and Medical Services says, “Deb works in a department of one and is responsible for the dietary concerns of the entire agency. She, by far, has the biggest “caseload” a person can have. She is hardworking and dedicated to the health of each and every individual.”
Today Deb is solely responsible for the dietary needs of approximately 300 Liberty individuals. She works very closely with the nursing staff as well as residential staff to ensure all individual needs are met. Deb stays in close contact with house staff to address concerns and note positive outcomes.
Some of the responsibilities Deb carries out are monthly weight checks to ensure healthy body weights and to promote overall wellness. This is important because Deb then can work with the needs of each individual who are overweight and struggling with weight loss, and those that are underweight and having difficulty gaining weight. She is also responsible for monitoring those with G-tube feedings to ensure they have the correct formula, at the correct rate, for the right amount of time as well as any other specific dietary concerns.
“Deb will always go above and beyond to ensure each person on her caseload is within their ideal body weight range, and if they are not, she offers suggestions on how to get them there. This could be anywhere from a calorie restriction to adding a supplement,”
Tasha says. “She is a great advocate for the individuals, always looking at their needs and providing input. She is always willing to help when asked.”
Deb says,” I like helping people realize how important nutrition is and I strive to keep them on a path to a healthy lifestyle. I really like working with the individuals because they need someone and I hope I help them. I enjoy working with the other clinical staff because we are all here for the same mission.”
Working as a diet technician isn’t Deb’s only passion, she also enjoys spending time with her German Shepard, Zara working as a therapy dog. She recalls a time when she brought Zara to visit a Liberty individual who was in the ICU at the local hospital.
“He was very ill and they (hospital staff) weren’t sure what his future recovery looked like. I decided to bring Zara for a visit. This particular individual was familiar with her because we has visited him at this house several times. When Zara and I got to the hospital he was on a ventilator and non-communicative. I let him know we were there and he suddenly turned his head (in our direction) and opened his eyes in response. That was encouraging but there was no other reaction. We were told that the following morning he began moving his arms and legs and over a period improved to the point he was able to leave the hospital. Zara and I continue to visit”
“I truly believe Zara saved his life. It made me feel awesome, just unbelievable.”
In observance of (March) Nutrition Awareness Month, we’ll have useful nutrition tips from Deb all next week…check back! ... See MoreSee Less
Katti WinklerYou are awesome Deb at what you do thanks for all you do.
4 days ago
Barbara DziedzicWonderful to see you get the recognition you deserve Deb. You have always given your very best to anyone that needs your expertise. The individuals supported through Liberty's programs are blessed to have you on their team,