We Do What We Do
We do what we do…
Most everyday at Senior Solutions Management Group we focus on multiple facets of senior care. We talk about assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, dementia, dementia care, the Alzheimer’s Association, medication, medication management, senior costs, senior care issues in Tennessee, and senior care issues in Georgia. After all, this is what we do.
Over the last several weeks Todd and I both have had to deal with the two most dreaded words in the English language – Breast Cancer. The evil beast has come to be in both of our lives with close family members and dear friends. My point is not that Breast Cancer is the only devastating news that one can receive at any time. We realize any life or death issue, whatever the cause or diagnosis; can be devastating to family and friends.
The point I want to make is for the families, the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grand children, nieces and nephews of those we care for in our communities: the SSMG network of communities now employees over 200 associates in Georgia and Tennessee. That number will continue to grow in 2011 as new communities join our ranks. Many times you as a family member may have no idea what those that care for your loved one may be battling in their life, while taking care of the ones you cherish. To be honest Todd and I don’t often the trials and tribulations that many of our employees are dealing with.
When there are cases that we are made aware of, many times we find that the employee affected finds the connection and human element involved in caring for a resident is good medicine in dealing with their condition. I recall a situation just last year where we had a female employee stricken with Breast Cancer that asked if we could adjust her job duties a bit, even if it required a cut in pay, so she could keep her job and maintain resident contact while suffering through chemo therapy treatment. We gladly accommodated her request.
While I can only speak and express my own feelings since I am the blogger and honestly say that when bad news comes, like it did today, I find myself both saddened and angry at the same time, I guess that is why they call it emotions.
So for those of you that call me boss or respectfully address me as Mister (which I hate) please know that we honor you for taking care of our residents, even when your road is torn up and falling apart, when devastation is wrecking havoc at your home or in your family; may peace and well being come to you.