“Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever”.
Our staff have kind of adopted this saying, this feeling. The pandemic has been a terrible situation to deal with for the residents, the family members and the staff. None of it has been easy on anyone and it is certainly a new situation for most of us in our lifetimes.
But somehow, some way we have stuck together and so far, we have been able to weather this storm. We hold the faith that it too, shall pass. And until it does, we will stand shoulder to shoulder to make sure the care does not change; our residents are kept safe and we will see the sunshine again.
I know that the word “hero” has been used a lot these last few months, especially to help describe front line workers. You may even be tired of the word, tired of hearing it, tired of seeing it. But I am here to tell you, it is an accurate description. How else can you describe someone who puts their life on the line, to help, care for and serve others each and every day. There simply is no other way to describe it I am afraid. These same people then go home to care for their own families, kids and loved ones at the end of the day. They truly are heroes and even heroes need help occasionally.
The word TOGETHER is an adverb that can mean “into companionship or close proximity” such as the experience brought us together. That certainly is the case for The Campus and the family members of the residents we love and care for. The past few months have been rough but together we have made it so far. From the wonderful window visits, Zoom “get togethers” and Facetime mishaps, we have all learned a lot. But one thing we have especially learned is how much we count on and lean on each other to get through something like this.
That is why the letters of support, the notes of thanks, the snacks…everything you do makes it easier for us to face the rain. It provides us hope, it provides us strength and shows us we can indeed do this, and #together we will. Every kind letter, every single note that comes in is shared with staff, shown to the heroes that sacrifice each day and gives them the power to face the next hour, the next day. We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to provide us love, strength and hope.
For as much as you consider us heroes, please know we consider you to be heroes as well. The inability to not be able to hug your loved one, touch their face or even just see their smile in person has been rough. But you trust us to do those things for you, and we are grateful and more than happy to do so. For you see, we need the hugs sometimes too. And together, we will get through this.