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Quit Worrying About Tomorrow




From L to R: Brian Coffey, Ashley Whited, Jessica Posey, Bob Speelman

November 16, 2017
NOTE: This story was taken from the blog of Bob Speelman, owner of Veranda Gardens and Atlas Healthcare Solutions. Each week Bob works as a nursing assistant at one of his facilities to better understand his company's motto - "Supporting Superior Care."
I spent the day this week at Veranda Gardens, our 113 bed skilled nursing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Veranda Gardens is led by nursing home administrator, Brian Coffey. We are extremely lucky to have him on our team. I had the opportunity to work as a nursing assistant alongside Ashley Whited and Jessica Posey. Ashley and I worked on the 400 unit, which is a 16 bed unit for nursing home residents with high acuity. Ashley is a single mom with a four year old son, Austin. She showed me a picture of him in his Batman costume for Halloween and he is adorable. Ashley is currently in nursing school, and is a wonderful part of the care team at Veranda Gardens.

The second part of my day I went over to the 200 Unit, Veranda Garden’s Memory Care Unit which specializes in caring for residents with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and worked with Jessica. Jessica has a four year old daughter and a ten month old son. Jessica knows her residents extremely well and has a very loving and caring demeanor with them. One thing that really stuck out on this visit more than normal was the interaction with the residents. For whatever reason, both with Ashley and Jessica, we spent a lot of time talking to the residents while providing care, and it really was enjoyable. Hearing their stories, looking at pictures in their rooms and talking about how things use to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will be turning 50 in January, so perhaps that’s part of the reason for my reminiscing and pondering life, and growing older, more than usual. Having those moments with the residents, reminded me of my earlier years in long-term care. My favorite part of running a facility was stepping away from the computer and chatting with residents. We get so busy with numbers and spreadsheets that it’s easy to forget the joy of long-term care – sharing life with our beautiful residents.

I left Veranda realizing that I need to stop thinking about growing old, and start cherishing life for the incredible journey I am on. Perhaps this is the best way for me to live my life with new meaning and purpose. One of the incredible things that nursing homes teach you is to quit worrying about tomorrow, and instead enjoy the people around you today.

When Ashley and Jessica and I were talking to the residents and hearing their stories it reminded that in each of these residents there was a friend to be made, a story to be told, wisdom to be learned. These residents all deserve to be loved, valued, and treated with dignity, and it is an honor to provide great care to them.

Thank you Ashley and Jessica, you are two amazing people and we are lucky to have you on our team! Thank you residents at Veranda Gardens for sharing your stories and passing on your wisdom, this experience made an impact on me.

Age is opportunity no less than youth itself,
Though in another dress,
And as evening twilight fades away
the sky is filled with the stars invisible by day.”


- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Bob Speelman, STNA

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