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Wiley Creek staffer boosts residents’ spirits with stuffed ‘pets’


June 27, 2017

Photo courtesy of Susan Angland KELLY SHEPARD sits at Wiley Creek among some of the dolls she’s created to comfort residents at the facility.

Retirement home residents often have to leave a lot behind when they move to assisted living – like pets.

That’s where Kelly Shepard comes in.

Shepard, who works at Sweet Home’s Wiley Creek Community, makes stuffed animals for residents in an effort to bring joy and a reminder of younger years and the pets they’ve had.

Shepard has worked at Wiley Creek as a medical aide and resident assistant for almost eight years. She says she gives the animals to the residents because she loves them and they are her family.

“They have such a delight in it, especially if they ask for a c...

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