So there’s been a lot of “heavy,” stuff happening at work. These words have been rattling around in my head and I ended up putting them down on paper tonight for our newsletter at work. I felt compelled to share them here; nothing swimming, biking or running related about this post.
I’ve been licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator for over 10 years now and I can honestly say that this has been the most demanding, yet rewarding work I’ve ever done. Recently, I’ve had occasion to stop and reflect upon the work we do at Fountain View and I hope you will indulge me for a few moments while I give a hint of the perspective of what the staff at Fountain View experience day in and day out.
I think it is safe to say that the vast majority of the staff at Fountain View choose the field of geriatric caregiving for a very specific reason. I don’t know many people who grew up saying they wanted to be a Care Associate, Social Worker or even a Nursing Home Administrator. We are drawn to this work because we care about people and want to help them. We are fortunate that we get to be a part of the lives of some pretty remarkable people. We are also intersecting with people at a time of loss – loss of health, loss of independence, loss of cognition, loss of mobility, loss of self, loss of home and even in some cases loss of resources. This presents a host of challenges, we must learn and get to know someone that might even now be a stranger to their closets friends and family. Sometimes we become the inadvertent outlet for pent up stress, distress, grief and just a sense of being overwhelmed.
We understand that it is a privilege and an honor to be allowed into someone’s life whether it be for a 2 week rehab stay for therapy or a 4 year stay in Assisted Living or Memory Care. We are honored to celebrate in the success of someone graduating from rehab and returning home and we are honored to mourn the passing of a loved one when it is their time to leave this earth. I think I safely speak for most of the team when I say we feel the highs and the lows intensely, but I think that’s what make us good at what we do. Simply put We Care.
I thank you all for trusting me, for trusting the nurses, care associate, therapists, housekeepers, dining associates, programming, and leadership team with your care or the care of your loved one. These are not jobs that any of us take lightly. I continually appreciate your willingness to partner with us in the process. I like to tell our orientation classes, please remember we are people taking care of people – its hard work, and it won’t always go perfectly; but you’ll never find more rewarding work.