Well, I decided this month not to write about some disease process or what you should or shouldn’t do to stay healthy. You all hear enough out of me day after day about that. Instead, I have decided to write about my experience at Eberhardt Village.
Before March of 2013, I had never worked in an assisted living setting. I had always taken care of people that were sick and was helping get back to good health. When I started here, I really had to shift gears. I had to really step back and say, these people are for the most part healthy, living their lives and just need some overseeing, or be there if they really do get sick. It took a long time not to want to treat or constantly want to make someone better. What I have learned, though, is that an assisted living is really an awesome place for someone to be, and whoever invented the idea, had it right! It is genius to have a beautiful place where you can have your own apartment, be waited on if you want, be able to come and go as you please, yet still have someone right there if something goes wrong! It has been an absolute joy to get to know all of the seniors and their families. So many make me feel like I am family, and let me tell you, that is going to be hard to leave.
My husband and I have decided that we need to relocate back to the panhandle of Florida, where we once lived and thoroughly enjoyed. We feel this is the time to do it while we are still able. If there is one thing I learned from all of you, it is living life to the fullest and never take anything for granted. You all have been a true blessing to me and I will miss you all greatly. I will be giving Jo Ellen my address, when I get one, so I can receive newsletters to keep up with all that is going on. You are definitely in good hands with the wonderful staff that works here, and those too, I am going to miss. We will be back to visit, as most of our family are here. I will definitely make this one of my first stops!
Take care and love you all,
Stephanie Thompson RN