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Many good people working hard in nursing homes

Posted: August 23, 2011 - 8:56am

Laudable for its advocacy of fitness, last week’s Outdoor View (Clarion, Aug. 19) begs comment. No one wishes to heedlessly burden family or society. No one likes the Emergency Room, and no one courts the Intensive Care Unit. But while physical fitness may reduce one’s chances of encountering the ER or the ICU, physical fitness is by no means a guarantee of endless independence or of an easy, painless, hassle-free exit. Heart disease can be clearly linked to obesity, while other maladies such as cancer and dementia seem to little respect physical fitness or the lack thereof.

More seriously, the column refers, somewhat ominously, to “what goes on in nursing homes,” claiming to have witnessed such goings-on first hand. I too have witnessed firsthand what goes on in nursing homes having worked for a number of years as a Hospice Chaplain and currently doing some volunteer work at Heritage Place here in Soldotna. What overwhelmingly “goes on” in nursing homes is a lot of good people, residents and caregivers alike, trying to make the best of inescapable, end-of-life conditions and, for the most part, doing a very good job of it.

Yes, bad things may and perhaps do happen in nursing homes but to generally disparage and depreciate nursing home care and residency is to do both a huge disservice, and that is especially true of our local nursing home, Heritage Place. Heritage Place — its caregivers and residents — exemplifies all that can be good about nursing home care and residency.

Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Visit Heritage Place, ask questions, talk to the residents, or, better yet, become a regular volunteer.

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soldotnamom2000 08/23/11 - 11:43 am
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Nursing Home Staff

I would like to personally recognize a CNA working at heritage place that dearly cares about her patients, Janice Wright, she is a very comforting person and she really cares for all the residents of the facility, I have known Jan for 25 years and she is one of the caring people I know.

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spwright 08/24/11 - 04:44 pm
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Certified Nurse's Aides 8/24/11

Thank You to Linda LeMay for making the Time to recognize
Jan Wright, GraveYard Shift CNA at Heritage Place.

Think about this for a minute: All Families have a Family Member that is the official Care Taker. While the rest of the Family "runs for the hills" when it comes to 24/7 Care of a Family Member. This Family Member steps up to assume the responsibility for the Care.
Feeding. Clothing, Dressing,Meds,Transport to Doctor Appointments, All of the extremely demanding issues that results in constant Care of a Family Member.

In My Book these Care Takers are the Family Heroes !
They Step Up when No One else will.

CERTIFIED NURSES AIDES are Family HEROES
& HAVE EARNED OUR RECOGNITION & RESPECT

SPW "Airborne"

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