On September 30, 2010 I was given the privilege to share my story with the many senior healthcare employees that work throughout the LifeSpan Network and The Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM).
This was a very meaningful occasion because it’s always a very emotional experience for me when I have the opportunity to show my appreciation to individuals who work in medicine, healthcare, emergency and blood services.
Back in 2004, there was a chance that I was going to be moved from ICU to a nursing home for 24 hour care the rest of my life. I also did my physical therapy with a lot of people who came from nursing homes and assisted living centers and I also spent time on a frequent basis in these types of environments as well.
When you are in rehabilitation or assisted living center of any sort, the factors of age, background, injury, race, or gender mean nothing. Everyone is in it together and within that atmosphere the people around you become a new kind of support system, or even in a lot of ways, a new family that understands the pain and frustration you feel; this new family is not traced back through genetics but rather through life experience.
When you reside within this type of atmosphere, you are depending on others to help you and assist you. To share in your triumphs and tragedies, to understand your background and beliefs, and to support you through various degrees of sickness and in health.
When you work in the field of medicine, especially senior healthcare, you are responsible for either bringing people back to life or making people comfortable for the rest of their life. Yes some days are better than others, but everyday is a great day when you take the time to help others in need, especially when they depend on you to not only live, but to enjoy life too.
LifeSpan Network is the largest senior care provider association in the Mid-Atlantic, representing more than 300 senior care provider organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. LifeSpan’s members include not-for-profit and for-profit facilities providing care and services to seniors across the continuum of care, including: independent living, assisted living, nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities, subsidized senior housing, community-based and hospital-based programs.