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Old 09-13-2022, 06:31 AM   #1
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50 years ago

My wife... girlfriend at the time....began working at a nursing home as a dietary aid fifty years ago.....1972!
She was sixteen... and her mother, who already worked there said it was time for her to get a job. She was reluctant at first, thinking that working with old people was depressing. But she took the job.... and before long started to find from talking with the residents that their life stories of trials tribulations and struggles were interesting and compelling.

That job helped her pay her way through college where she earned her degree. She then got the job of being the social service director for the home.....meeting with every resident their families....and directly responsible for all admissions to the home.

She has been there through thirteen different administrators...all of whom found her to be thoroughly competent and devoted to the patients care and families concerns.
Fifty years of service at the same facility ...to be recognized today.

Yes....I am very proud of her!
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:40 AM   #2
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Very cool, sounds like those stories would make a good book, congrats.
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:12 AM   #3
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Very cool, sounds like those stories would make a good book, congrats.
Thanks...Yes Bob... many people have confided things to her that they may have never told anyone else.
Lots of great stories ....some sad others incredibly uplifting. Funny stuff too ....and dilemmas like the husband that wanted to have conjugal visits with his patient wife ....or two recently acquainted patients jumping into bed with each other....consensual?
Judges doctors, lawyers,......factory workers..
all walks of life...they had a great advocate in her being involved in their final days.
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Old 09-13-2022, 03:37 PM   #4
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That certainly is something to be very proud of. Good for her! congratulations on the milestone

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Old 09-13-2022, 04:33 PM   #5
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Congratulations Mrs Marsh,,,, honorable profession for sureÖ
Even more noteworthy would be the 50 yrs. putting up with this guy !

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Old 09-14-2022, 04:25 AM   #6
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Congratulations Mrs Marsh,,,, honorable profession for sureÖ
Even more noteworthy would be the 50 yrs. putting up with this guy !

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Yup...Married 45 years ago..... I do have her on a pedestal and treat her like a queen....she deserves it.

At 67 years old she doesnt have a gray hair on her head.....I tell her its because shes never had to worry about me.
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Your wife is a special person for sure

My wife has been at the same nursing home for 26 years and has had various jobs. For the last 5 years doing exactly what your wife does

Between ships I worked there for a couple months doing handy work

I donít know how people that work there permanently do it. It takes allot of compassion ang love to care for the elderly. Especially with demensia patients would donít know where or who they are

Hats off for the people who do this

Iíve heard all the stories. Most upsetting is the occasion when a family member thinks their loved one is not getting good care. They donít understand what it takes to care for their loved one. Part of my wifeís skill is to defuse that situation and explain why and how care is given

I donít think I could do that job.
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Both of your wives are Saints!

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1984 was a warning, not a guidebook!

It's time more people spoke up with the truth. Every time we let a leftist lie go uncorrected, the commies get stronger.
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[QUOTE=beamie;1232611]
I’ve heard all the stories. Most upsetting is the occasion when a family member thinks their loved one is not getting good care. They don’t understand what it takes to care for their loved one. Part of my wife’s skill is to defuse that situation and explain why and how care is given
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Yes...she deals with that situation a lot.
Many times it's the children who have neglected their parents that complain the most.....never having done any care giving themselves.

When she was asked to say a few words about her long career working with the elderly she spoke from the heart and it was clear that she still loves her job....she ended it with this.

I leave you with one message:
Be gentle on our residents... for they have lost everything, and they come to us when they are most vulnerable. We are the people that see them daily, the only ones that can make a
difference in their final days, months or years with our compassion and care.”
Thank you

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Old 09-16-2022, 07:47 AM   #10
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You must be very proud of her! You guys are a great example good people who work hard. May all the best come your way.

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You must be very proud of her! You guys are a great example good people who work hard. May all the best come your way.
Thank You! We grew up together.. married at 21 years old....raised our two boys....cared for her parents....still living in the same house that I built for us as a wedding gift in '77.

My fifty year milestone, working as a carpenter....building homes is coming next June.

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