Rhyme and Reason

April is National Poetry Month. I truly enjoy reading poetry.  I have written some poetry myself.  I suppose it is because I like music so much.  As I looked through many collections and books of poetry, I found odes to love, seasons and even family pets.  But there was an entry I found that I thought was especially fitting for this blog.  May we all find time this month to enjoy the beauty around us.  Look at the beautiful flowers…the azaleas are the most beautiful this year that I have seen in my life!  Also, look for the beauty in the people around us.

A Tribute to the Elderly

I thought upon the elderly

And whispered a prayer,

Giving thanks to God

For their sojourn here.

Such kind and gentle souls

From generations ago,

What they are to us,

They will never know.

A sure and beaten path.

A guide along the way.

The dedicated laborer

Who’s now old and gray.

Patriarchs and matriarchs,

And early pioneers.

The bridge that has brought us

As we’ve journeyed here.

Soldiers of great sacrifice,

Treasured more than art.

We honor, love and cherish them

Deep within our heart.

 

Walterrean Salley

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All in the Family

We are right around the corner from National Assisted Living Week.  Every year this tradition is a very special time for our residents, staff, families and our entire community.  As we busy ourselves with plans and preparation to make this event a success, I wanted to stop and reflect on why this year’s theme means so much to me personally.

 

I started working in assisted living in 2010.  I am truly amazed how quickly time has passed.  Through these last years, I have met some truly amazing people.  I have laughed and I have cried.  I have learned about others and I have learned about myself.  Rick Warren once said, “while it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experience of others.”  The people that live and work and volunteer in our communities are true blessings.  I have learned many life lessons from so many of these wonderful people.  The wisdom that the residents share is invaluable.  The families of our residents are treasures as well.

 

National Assisted Living Week will be the week of September 10th through the 16th and the theme this year is “Family is Forever”. This year’s theme is inspired by a quote from the poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

 

I feel this theme truly represents what I see on a daily basis.  It’s in the encouragement of a staff member, the smile of a volunteer or the laughter of a resident.  The people that you will find here truly are family.  Find out more about our communities at the links listed below.  Schedule a tour at one of our properties today.  Find out why we believe Family is Forever!