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The Caregiving Journey

From L to R: Kelly Pruitt, Bob Speelman, Katelynn Bartlett, Karen Robbins

NOTE: Below are the words from Clermont Nursing Care Center owner, Bob Speelman, who works each week as a nursing assistant in order to learn what it means to live our company motto -- "Supporting Superior Care."

June 28, 2017
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting the seventh nursing home in my journey of working alongside a nursing assistant in each of our 36 skilled nursing facilities. Clermont Nursing Care Center is a great nursing facility that specializes in skilled nursing, short-term rehab, long-term care, hospice care, memory care, and even behavioral care. They do it all.

I got to spend my time on the secured memory care unit, and this may sound strange, but I was honestly a little confused when I first got on the unit. Everything seemed so calm. It didn’t seem like a “nursing home.” It just seemed like a home.

About an hour or two into my shift at Clermont, I finally realized why everything seemed so uneventful – this team of nursing assistants worked together beautifully. They were passionate about what they did. It almost didn’t even seem like work. It was just life.

Don’t get me wrong. Kelly, Katelynn, and Karen are three nursing assistants that work hard. Or perhaps I should say they work smart. Each knew what the other needed ahead of time and responded. But perhaps they didn’t seem like they were “working” because it was so obvious that they loved what they were doing in the memory unit.

Karen took me to several resident rooms and showed me pictures, certificates, and awards that were on the resident’s walls. As I was flipping through a photo album of one of the residents I had met earlier, I was struck by what I saw from different moments in her life. She was beautiful! I now had a snapshot of the life of one of the residents and her two sisters, of the smile she had on her wedding day, and of people she surrounded herself with during the holidays.

We are all on a journey. All of our lives are precious. And we need to make the most of it. This is what the memory unit and Clermont Nursing Care Center offers- it’s a great place for great people to do great work. It’s like the common saying – “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day again in your life.”

While we were sitting and talking at lunch break, Karen said to me, “I can’t believe I get paid for something that makes me feel really good.” Her comment warmed my heart. She loves what she does, and the community which she is a part of at Clermont. She continued, “Shelby, the administrator, knows every resident and staff member by name. She is always out here talking to us, and I think that has made a big difference in our culture.” She also mentioned that Sheila, the Director of Nursing, started her career as a nursing assistant at Clermont, and has led her team for more than 20 years by walking around and providing assistance.

I loved “working” at Clermont yesterday. But it wasn’t work. I went up and down the halls hearing stories, helping residents with their activities of daily living, and seeing people’s journeys. Yesterday I was a nursing assistant and tomorrow I could be the one receiving care. But I’m learning that wherever I’m at in the journey, there are friends to be made, stories to be told, and wisdom to be learned.

Bob Speelman, STNA

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