“You’re broken down and tired; Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter; But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out…And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day. I’ll rise up, I’ll rise unafraid.In spite of the ache, I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again; For you”
RISE UP song by Andra Day
We get asked a lot, why do we continue to work in healthcare, let alone in a nursing home? “Why do you put yourself in harms way at times like this?” and “aren’t you worried about your family?”. It is funny, because a lot of us here on Campus and involved in healthcare all over the Country don’t understand the question.
Most of us have simply “answered a calling” and we are proud to serve others. We want to make that difference; we want to make someone smile; sometimes during their hardest parts of life. We want to comfort not only the resident we have grown to know and love, but also the family we have gotten to know as well.
So yes, times like this, times where uncertainty is the norm and things change by the hour, we do find it harder to keep that smile. We sometimes find it harder to keep that positive attitude. Of course we worry about what we may be “taking home” to our family and loved ones. But then the smallest thing happens and reminds us why we are here. Reminds us WHO we are here for. We realize they need us, almost as much as we need them.
You get to see how much it means to someone to “Facetime” with a loved one and see them for the first time in days after seeing them pretty much every day before all this. You see how much it touches someone when you celebrate their 101st birthday…without family. But the staff and other residents ARE their family too. And how it means to them to gather with you and just enjoy…even during hard times.
Or you see the difference a wonderful bunch of kids can make, simply by coming to a window and saying hello, hold signs to remind the residents they are loved and being thought of. You get to provide a letter or love or note of hope to a resident, from a complete stranger who just wanted to let them know they support them as well.
The small things that make such a difference in the lives of the people we not only care for, but we CARE for. We love them like our own family. We hurt when they hurt and especially smile when they smile. That is what keeps us coming back, keeps us going in the tough times. That certain smile you get, the feeling you get when you have made that difference.
So yea, we worry and are concerned what “may” happen. But we will “RISE UP” and be there for the ones we promised to care for…because we answered that calling. We will rise up for them a thousand times over. And please know, every kind word, every note sent means the world to us….
Please take a minute to enjoy our “video of appreciation” to our staff as we will make it through this #together.