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Clips and Confidence (2)
them and making them feel better than when they walked in. Everyone signs in when they come to get their hair done, and she picks a name at the end of the month to receive a complimentary full-set hair service.

Runkles says that some residents are reluctant at first to come into the salon because they’re uncomfortable with changes in their routines, but once she can get them in the chair, she says they often return regularly.

“For those who aren’t so sure about coming into the salon at first I try to be goofy and make them feel comfortable,” Runkles says.

“After they get a nice wash and realize I’m not going to hurt them, it becomes a really positive experience.”

Hobbs says she has noticed improvements to the health of the residents to go to the salon.

“When there’s that type of personal care of seniors, you can see their blood pressure and circulation improve significantly,” Hobbs says.

Bonora noticed a change in her health when she first started getting her hair cut and styled by Runkles.

“When your hair is done and looks good, you feel better,” Bonora says.

Hobbs says the convenience is priceless for seniors who would miss out on the salon experience as they got older.

“It’s amazing because sometimes it’s the highlight of their week, and you can tell that it increases the quality of their life, especially for those who do not have family that comes to take them out or if they’re not physically able to get out and go to the salon. It’s beyond rewarding to see that they’re able to have this done in comfort of Heartlands.”

Bonora says that having the salon nearby means that she doesn’t have to skip appointments because of the weather or times when she may not be feeling up to traveling.

“You don’t have to go out to have it done,” Bonora says. “If it’s a cold and winter day, Connie’s here and it’s done.”

When Runkles looks back on her time at Heartlands, she gets nostalgic because she feels like she found her calling.

“This is my home. When I leave here and I wake up the next morning I’m excited to come back in,” Runkles says. “This is my family. I’m definitely not ready to retire anytime soon.”