Dear Nursing Home Staff,
For many living in your facility and their family members, you are a lifeline. Sometimes weeks go by where you see my loved one more than I do, and I couldn’t be more grateful for your steady presence in their life. Your kindness and patience do not go unnoticed.
I know that when you come to work, there’s so much more to you than just the position you hold here. You have a life beyond this facility, but sometimes that gets overlooked. Some of you have just come from a tough morning or afternoon taking care of your own family. Some of you have just come from your other job (or you know you’ll be going to one at the end of this shift). Some of you are spending all your free time on schoolwork and you’re almost to the breaking point with all the stress. Some of you have been struggling financially, emotionally, or physically, and you just need a break. Some of you are at the beginning of your career and some of you are nearing the end. Some of you are doing exactly what you’ve always dreamed of--and some of you aren’t. Wherever you’re at, I want you to know that I appreciate you and all that you do. I want you to know that I care about you and your family too. You exert so much time and energy caring for my loved one that sometimes I wonder how you’re able to give any more attention to anyone else at the end of the day. But you do. And that’s what makes you so incredible.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless attitude, your compassionate spirit, and your expert care. You don’t hear it enough, I’m almost certain of that. You hear the complaints and the concerns. You get plenty of negative comments and you deal with the frustrating behaviors day in and day out. Please don’t be consumed by that. Know that your work is meaningful, important, and appreciated. My loved one is proof.
A Grateful Family Member