When I was working my way through nursing school I had the opportunity to work as a 3-11 chauffer and personal assistant for Cecil Runyan, the CEO and Board Chair of Southeastern Michigan Gas Company. It was a great job for a person working their way through college as I could study in between my various duties. As an 18 year old college student I spent a great deal of time with this 80 year old, cigar chomping, benevolent autocrat. The unexpected blessing was that I had a front row seat to the business world and the philosophical musings of a truly colorful character.
As I was chatting with a former colleague recently, I saw the surprise on her face when I told her that my experience working in the skilled nursing and rehab center of a retirement community had made me a better nurse. From that conversation, I too was surprised to realize just how many misconceptions there were about working in senior care.
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When looking at a retirement community you want to consider all aspects of that community, from the amenities, to the food options, and everything in between. One of the most important aspects of a community is its location. And while proximity to loved ones may be an important factor when choosing a location, you may also want to consider if the area is thriving.
“There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." -- Nelson Mandela We all have things we are passionate about. From hobbies and interests to family and friends, our passions are what drive us each day, and they can provide us with a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Which is why the staff at Glen Meadows Retirement Community just outside of Baltimore, MD, wanted to help Independent Living residents who were having trouble following their passions.
When you make a major move in your life, whether it’s to a new part of the country, a new job, or even a new grocery store, there’s usually an adjustment period. You don’t know where to go and you might not have any friends at first. It can be the same for the move to a senior living community. That’s why the staff at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem, PA, put together a process to help new Independent Living residents adjust, and create a better sense of community between new residents and existing ones.
At the end of the year, every business enterprise is faced with the challenge of closing its books. The normal process of getting the invoices from vendors into the accounting system is extended, and areas where expenses are incurred but not yet accounted for require accurate estimates and accruals. It is important that this process is done well, because the beginning of a new period of fiscal measurement requires a fresh start. Failure to begin with a clean slate will mean that in the next year a lot of precious time will be wasted on looking backward to explain variances caused by expenses incurred in an earlier time period when the focus and measurement of progress should be based on current activity. Holding on to leftover baggage from the past can distort the present and cripple the best intentions to move ahead.