Keep Growing: An Administrator Reflects on National Nursing Home Week

May 22, 2014
Tami Scheil, Guest Blogger

IN_TreesI think the reason most of us stay in long-term care is for the people.   Nothing is better than coming to work each day and being able to make a difference for those who have chosen to make their home with us.  I think, as a formal leader in long-term care, we have a huge responsibility to provide a place that nurtures and grows the people who live and work here.

I try to remind those who work here that we are the last home for a large percentage of the people who come here to live.   If this was our home, what would we want it to be like?  This is what we need to strive for each day.   But in order to do this, we have to be certain that we are caring for our employees too.   We cannot expect them to give good care and provide that vision of home for the Elders who live here, if we are not giving them what they need to be successful.

Do we provide them with support, encouragement, and generosity?  Do we provide them care and compassion? Last week, we celebrated National Nursing Home Week, which gives us an opportunity to look at what kind of home we are creating. Yes, we do a lot of fun things during this particular week, but as I was writing this, I wondered what are we doing for the other 51 weeks of the year?   Are we looking for special ways to make a difference for those who live and work here?

I hope everyone had a great week of celebration.  As we move forward, I encourage you to look for ways, each week, to celebrate the people who live and work in your homes.

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I love your post, Tami! It was great to see you at the Eden conference!

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Barbara Smullen
May 22, 2014 9:28 pm

Well said! When I was a nurse I would have loved working for you! Oh, I should say working WITH you, because the working FOR is the Elders. I am now an Elder, and feel blessed to be in a home that tries to do just what you describe. (Rochester Presbyterian Hoe, Rochester, New York).

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