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Valentine’s Day observances show sense of community

February 13, 2015
Estherville News

The annual crowning of the Valentine's Day king and queen at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society Thursday and Rosewood Manor Friday clearly illustrated the sense of community both facilities have and the degree of special care that residents receive. Good Sam also had its annual couples dinner Friday.

Not every care facility does such things. Many offer basic care and end there.

That is certainly not the case in the fine facilities we have in our community where employees are not just employees but more like family members.

Here's an example.

Just as she was leaving Good Sam Friday, one employee noticed a resident alone in the solarium. You could tell that the employee had an appointment to make. She was obviously rushed. But she took the time to go over to the resident and ask if she needed help. The employee didn't do it in a hurried way. She took her time doing it, as though she were helping her own grandmother. Not until she was satisfied that the resident was okay did the employee leave.

You can't buy care like that. It has to be part of a culture - not a way of working but a way of living and doing.

That same culture persists throughout both Estherville Good Sam and Rosewood Manor. Rather than employees and residents, everyone is a member of an extended family. The people doing the care just happen to get paid for it. And considering how well they do their jobs, there's no way they could ever get paid enough.

Anyone considering entering long-term care - or short-term care if recovering from surgery - would be very hard pressed to find better care than what is available at our local care facilities. Having skilled care is but a small part of it. Perhaps equally important is the aspect of human caring.

And there's no price you can place on that.



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