WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – On January 12, Linda Sharp was named the superintendent of the Indiana Veterans’ Home. Since then, she’s been meeting with staff and residents to let them know that she’s there when they need her.
It’s this personal touch that she says works well in managing an operation like the veterans’ home. Currently, there are 244 residents and 170 full-time staff.
“I’m out there every day,” said Sharp. “I try to do at least one round a day if not two. So they see me and I can see what’s going on on the floor.”
Prior to being named superintendent, she worked as the facility’s head nurse. In both her current and previous roles, she’s had to be a leader–something that comes natural to her.
“You have to lead by example,” said Sharp, a captain in the Army Reserve. “That’s my military background. You can’t just talk the talk but you also have to walk the walk.”
In her new leadership role, she hopes to create new programs, such as a bereavement group.
Sharp said the residents go through tough times when another resident passes away. She added it’s important to have a support group for the residents so that they can stay strong through those difficult times.
Another program she hopes to start is a new re-integration program for veterans who leave the home and want to join the outside community and even the workforce.
“We don’t want this place to be their last stop, ” Sharp said.
As for Sharp, she’s happy with her new post and said she’s ready to bring on the responsibility of being superintendent. Yet, she’s quick to credit the help she has.
“Volunteers are our lifeblood,” said Sharp. “They do so much for us here.”
She adds it’s easy to see why–the kindness and friendliness of the residents.
“I look forward to coming to work every day,” Sharp said. “The residents are great people.”