Troy brings experience, caring attitude to SunPorch of Smith County

Troy brings experience, caring attitude to SunPorch of Smith County

March 2018 • Julie Troy, 785-531-1256 •

In her new position at SunPorch of Smith County, Julie Troy is wearing three hats. But no matter which one she is sporting, Troy said the goal is the same – high-quality care and treatment for each elder.

Troy’s titles at the long-term-care home are social services director, activity director and marketing coordinator.

“All three positions are the glue that holds together our elders’ quality of life,” Troy said. “However, all SunPorch staff members are dedicated to our elders, which makes my job much easier.

“The staff here focuses on professional and compassionate care, while also considering such things as the decorations on the wall,” she continued. “There is no detail too small when it comes to our elders feeling right at home. We are an extended family.”

The current situation will be enhanced with the upcoming Green House Project, Troy noted. The groundbreaking will be scheduled in the near future, just south of the new hospital that is being constructed. Completion will take about a year.

“This type of elder care isn’t offered for miles around,” Troy commented. “There will be two resident-centered homes in the complex; each will be home to 10 people. They will have private rooms, tables to share meals with family and other amenities.

“Our elders’ medical and emotional needs will be met, just as they are now in a homey atmosphere,” she added. “This will put Smith County on the map for senior care.”

Green House homes make it possible for elders of any ability to lead healthy, happy lives, Troy said. “They are surrounded by care-partners who get to know them like family. Our elder-to-staff ratio makes individualized care possible.”

As social services director, Troy provides for elders’ physical, psychological and social needs. She has daily contact with elders and motivates them to make healthy adjustments to their new home.

In her role as activity director, she arranges indoor and outdoor events on-site and in the community, including spiritual programs and church attendance. She prepares a monthly calendar so that elders, staff and volunteers know what is on the horizon.

Activities include bingo, exercise, games, birthday parties, along with craft and science projects.

When Troy wears her marketing hat, she is creating relationships with retirement centers, physicians and their staffs, and hospital personnel such as social workers and discharge planners. She also is in contact with senior centers, adult daycare centers, home-health agencies and other community partners.

“I will be an active community leader and develop strategic plans for the future,” Troy said. “We also will implement special presentations for community education on senior-living topics.”

Troy was drawn to SunPorch because she loves spending time with elders and helping them improve their lives.

“SunPorch offers wonderful care today and I look forward to the Green House Project in the future,” she commented. “Prior to my new position, I had the privilege of working with the SunPorch team. Their dedication to Smith County is just what we needed. I want to be part of this journey.”

Her previous employers also include Central Kansas Foundation, Girl Scouts, Golden Living Center and Smith Center Economic Development.

She earned an associate’s degree in business at Baker University and a bachelor’s in sociology at Fort Hays State University. She is originally from Ellsworth. Dusty Troy, her husband, grew up in Smith Center. They have a son, Calob, 9.

John Grace, SunPorch executive director, said Troy is already a great asset to elders and families. “Julie has a lot of experience working with elders,” Grace said. “She also has established a wonderful reputation here for her work as economic development director. SunPorch and the community are fortunate to have Julie on their team.”

John Grace