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Living the Aloha Spirit
I recently heard someone make the comment, “We gather around the people experiencing a life.” What a wonderful testament to living a meaningful life. Life is reciprocal and cyclical. At some point in all of our lives, we rely on someone to help us. Although we are aware that our accomplishments come from within ourselves, we recognize that there are also external forces that help us achieve success. Someone is there to motivate us to continue onward and others serve as a resource for information or direction. There are those who show us their love, pride and gratitude for just being in their lives and others who depend on us to actually achieve what we set out to do. All of us are commissioned to promote dignity and compassion to one another.
For the week of May 12-16, Porter Hills Village will celebrate National Nursing Home Week. We will embrace the theme “Living the Aloha Spirit”. By Living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world. As a community consisting of elders, their families and Porter Hills’ team members, this is a great opportunity to showcase this wonderful life.
From “Nursing Home” to “My Home”
From time to time, I hear comments about how sad it is that someone has been “put in the nursing home.” In the past, I have had these same thoughts. We all know the images conjured from similar expressions; people who are catatonic, playing bingo, sitting in the hallways, sad how far they have fallen from what they were. The skilled nursing care of today is much different than this. Porter Hills recognizes that no matter what life circumstance one is facing, there is still meaning, purpose and joy in being. It is critical to have the right resources in place and meaningful opportunities for those in need of a high level of medical care. The elders that live in our Health and Rehabilitation Center and the Green House Homes ® are the directors of their care. Their choices and autonomy are celebrated and cherished. Our team members are guests in our elders’ homes.
Life does not happen in isolation. Each and every day, our teams work with our elders and their families to develop plans of care central to their life’s experiences. It is essential that an individuals’ unique needs and interests are at the forefront of daily life in order to achieve positive outcomes and have meaningful connections.
Living with Skilled Nursing
Our elders give back to the greater community. They interact with the children of our on-site daycare and share experiences with local soldiers who are home on leave. They create lasting relationships with team members and volunteers. Their families find joy in the informal day-to-day conversations with nurses, doctors and dining staff. Students training to be certified nursing assistance on our campus receive life lessons from elders that have lived lives rich in experiences and have developed great wisdom. Family traditions, such as Thanksgiving dinners, are held in our community rooms and elders cook meals using age-old recipes while sharing their stories with friends. They worship in their identified faiths regularly. There is love and joy in our corridors.
Life is ever-evolving and takes on new meanings as we age. We all face challenges from time to time. As we celebrate “The Aloha Spirit,” we are reminded that all life is valuable. We are here to share the love of community and support those that need us the most. We are honored to be chosen and trusted with this mission.