Many people turn away from what scares them…old age…dementia…mortality.
But you turn towards it. You lift and hold and hug your residents. You treasure their pasts, help them enjoy their present and not be terrified of their futures. You nurture, reminisce and provide encouragement and tough love to keep them moving…feeling…living.
Sometimes you see your future self in their eyes and it scares you too. But you stay. You care for them as you hope to be cared for yourself one day. You embrace their gifts, savor their stories, and celebrate their individuality. You learn patience and perseverance. You practice compassion and humility. You are a role model for colleagues.
People call you angels, but do not truly understand the extent of all you do. There is no way that they could and you don’t expect them to.
And amidst all this, you still take the time to meet with us, share us your stories, and send us your ideas. We are touched by your efforts as you continue to strive to learn more…anything that can help your residents live better lives and your staff be better caregivers.
We applaud you and we thank you. We are still here for you if you need us for advice or suggestions, and always welcome your stories. Please keep in touch. Have a great Active Aging Week too. Those of you who submitted plans for this week (they were all wonderful) can expect a gift card in the mail soon!