The years seem to fly by so quickly sometimes. It seems like we just wrote our annual Thanksgiving post here on the blog.
Roman Bloemke, Welcome Home Management
This post for me comes really easy every year, because we have so much to be thankful for. When you work with caring and compassionate people, it just makes coming to work that much more enjoyable. As many of our residents will tell you, they are all just wonderful – and I agree!
I’m thankful for the care providers who take the best care of our residents. I’m thankful for the dining services people who prepare the wonderful food we get to eat. I’m thankful for the Community Life Coordinators who make the community fun and exciting. I’m thankful for the Maintenance staff who work to keep things looking nice and operating well. I’m thankful for the marketing people who are there to help families work through what can be a difficult transition. I’m thankful for the Nurses who are the most compassionate people I know. I am thankful for the Memory Care Coordinators who hold a special place in so many people’s hearts. I’m thankful for the Director’s of Resident Services who do such an amazing job. And I’m thankful for our office team who work behind the scenes to support the communities.
All of you are just like a family to us.
Finally, I’m thankful for my wife and my two boys who have always been supportive in both my career and my personal life.
As you’ll read below, our team members contributed to our annual post. Thank you for considering Welcome Home and our properties for your loved ones. From all of our family to yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.
I am Thankful for my family still with me, and thankful for the memories of family I have lost. I am Thankful for my Husband, who loves me, and our Health. I am Thankful for my God and his blessings, and the Truth in knowing he is watching over us through trials.
Sarah Work – Welcome Home Management
This is the time of year where the calendar provides with a reminder to take time away from our busy worlds, spend time together with family and friends, and to be thankful. We show thanks for the food that keeps us full, the shelter that keeps us dry and warm, the family that love us, and the friends that care for us. We are thankful that we are able to provide service to others, ether it be in our employment, or in volunteer work.
Loree Besser – Excelsior Place Assisted Living
What an awesome community we have here at Excelsior Place. If you just take the first part of our name “EXCEL” no wonder I am thankful to be the Director of our community. We have great staff that “EXCEL” in their positions every day. Our staff of team members make sure daily to bring their “EXCEL” attributes and are so willing to carry that through to the seniors when providing care, doing their laundry, serving delicious meals, energizing them with many social activities and giving those priceless hugs and kind words. I am always thankful for the team I get to share my day with.
The wonderful residents that have chosen our community make me thankful because it is where new friendships are formed and another new chapter in their life begins. Every day we learn more about our seniors and their families and that enriches our lives too. Our seniors and families “EXCEL” at telling others about our community and proudly encourage other seniors to join. In fact, we currently have three seniors who grew up in the area and raised their families together and once again with their three daughters are making great memories at Excelsior Place. How awesome is that?
I frequently remember a picture that hung in my first office when I started in senior healthcare. It was a 4 generational picture of women and the caption below read, “the sun setting is no less beautiful than the sun rising”. I am thankful that each day I can get up and go to our community and ensure that this statement remains true and I am thankful for this opportunity.
Linda Beyers, RN – Potter Ridge Assisted Living
As Thanksgiving draws near, many reflect upon the past year, giving thanks for a variety of circumstances, events or health.
Thankfulness is defined as; an awareness and appreciation of a benefit. Thankfulness is considered to be a positive emotion or attitude.
As I reflect upon the definition of “Thankfulness” and events of the past year or years these thoughts come to mind.
I perceive my role as a nurse as being a benefit. I have gained knowledge and experiences beyond my imagination. I’m so appreciative for all those I been blessed to be part of their journey on earth. As I review what I appreciate, words cannot fully express the lessons I have been taught.
So many times I’m thankful for my residents, their strength to survive adversity in life, gives me strength to cope and survive my own adversities. We each have a story. What a joy it is to part of another’s story, gaining an intimate relationship as life draws to an end. I grew to be a better wife, mother and friend because of what I have learned.
Thankfulness is indeed a positive emotion, an attitude that makes your heart happy. Whether it is holding the aged thinning hand with traces of hard work, and warmth or the pudgy hand of a child, I’m thankful.
In a world filled with turmoil and uncertainty it is good to step back and realize our gifts, our joys our gratitude’s. May each and every one recognize and appreciate a positive emotion during this season.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and thank you for all you have given me by your presence in my life. I’m thankful for another year, and look forward to continuing to serve my family, friends, co-workers and those I meet on journey of life.
Lexi Kreps – River Pointe of Moorehead
Here at River Pointe, there is so much to be thankful this year. First of all, I would like to thank everyone at Welcome Home. We are new to the Welcome Home family this year and we have been welcomed with open arms and friendly faces; you have truly made it a great experience. We look forward to meeting more of the Welcome Home family in the near future.
Secondly, we would like to thank all of the employees here at River Pointe of Moorhead. We are so fortunate to have such a great team working towards the same goal. I know that I speak for many staff when I say that it is fun to come to work at River Pointe; we enjoy each other’s company and enjoy the company and friendships we have developed with our Residents. It has truly been a pleasure working alongside our fellow employees; we are confident that with this hardworking staff, we will continue to be successful for many years to come.
Lastly, we are thankful for our Residents and their families. We smile together, share stories together, joke together, laugh together, and sometimes even cry together; we are truly a family here at River Pointe. Thank you for welcoming new Residents with open arms to our community; your kindness and compassion is what sets River Pointe apart from any other community out there. We are excited about our future here at River Pointe and it is all because of the great people that live and work here at River Pointe of Moorhead.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Shanda Portner, RN – Orchard Hill Assisted Living
This year I am thankful for my wonderful, family, friends and loved ones. I am thankful for the good health of everyone. I am also thankful for my wonderful job here at Orchard Hill and the awesome staff. I feel very blessed to have my extended family in my life in the residents here at Orchard Hill. Coming to work here every day is a joy to see the smiling faces of the residents and staff. I am very thankful for Yvonne, director, to be here at work again. Happy holidays to everyone!!
Trincy Faas – Potter Ridge Assisted Living
When reflecting on the Thanksgiving Holiday and what it represents, one needs to take time and look at the many blessings in their life. I know that I am very thankful for all that God has given me. From the breath of life, good health, being born in a free picturesque country which I get to enjoy through recreation and living during this time period of constant technological change. He has blessed me with an incredible family including my parents, in-laws, siblings, husband, and 4 beautiful healthy and secure children who amaze me every day. I am blessed with great friends and friendships that are as close as a sister.
I am thankful not only for a job as there are many who are without one, but a fulfilling job I look forward to coming to every day. Our residents and their families along with our staff pour into my life each day teaching me something new and contributing to my own personal growth. You couldn’t ask for something more.
I feel a heart of gratitude is one that should be practiced every day. Each morning when I get out of bed I begin thanking God for everything he has given me and this sets a positive tone to my day and hopefully affects those I come in contact with that day.
I wish everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving” and hope there are many blessings in your life.
Tanya Ramacher, RN – Twin Town Villa Assisted Living
I am thankful for…….My family, friends, my pets, and my husband. I’m thankful for good health. And I’m thankful for the staff and resident’s at Twin Town Villa for making my job fun and making me laugh everyday!
Jaimee Reilly, RN – Thomas Landing Senior Living
I am thankful for being blessed with one healthy child, and another one on the way. I am thankful that my husband was given a “second chance” at life to give me the ability to even be thankful for having a growing family. I am thankful for the ability to work and provide for my family without difficulty. I am thankful for the resident’s at Thomas Landing who allow me to be a part of their lives, and allow me to share in their joys as well as their sorrows.
Lisa Lehmann – Twin Town Villa Assisted Living
I am thankful for spiritual faith, my health, my wonderful husband, four awesome sons (and their significant others). I am thankful for my awesome Co-Workers at Twin Town Villa, every day they make my life 100 times easier! I am thankful for the love and care that they provide to all of our wonderful residents and families. I am thankful for my residents (and their families) they have become my extended family, always watching out for me. My life is truly blessed! As I always say, how many out there are so blessed that they love their jobs! I am very thankful for that!
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”