I feel there has been far too much negativity in the media with regards to the health care facilities in our community. As a health-care worker, I feel the public does not see what is behind the scenes – they only get a look into the random ugliness shown in the media that can occur when a group of adults with various diseases and/or disabilities live together. The care and time that staff members provide, often without praise, or gratitude, goes unseen and unrecognized. I would like to take a moment to share a recent experience I had at Shuswap Lodge, my grandfather’s home here in salmon arm.
I had the opportunity to attend the annual Christmas party that staff host for the residents and family members. I observed the staff laughing, dancing, and eating with the residents, not because they were obligated to, but because they chose to. All staff was involved including housekeeping, kitchen staff, management, recreation, care staff etc. There was live music, dancing, singing and laughter. Staff members brought their own families to join in the festivities and spend time with the residents outside of their busy schedules. This was truly beautiful; health care at its finest. What I am trying to portray is that even though everything is not perfect in this type of setting, there is much to behold. It takes a special group of people to maintain a calm, warm, and loving environment for the aged. Therefore a smile or embrace offered to these staff members goes a long way in letting them know they are valued and appreciated.
I say bravo to these special people. Please keep up the good work!