Early in my career, I met a long-term care role model who changed my attitude. I've held up her service as the best example of how one person can influence an entire nursing home.
Someone posted a story I Liked on Facebook about an 85-year old woman who graduated from college and already had a job offer. "She's my new hero!" a Friend commented. That got me thinking about all the resident heroes I meet at work every day. They're the ones who help me along the journey to having the kind of life I can look back on without regrets when I'm in my nursing home room in my senior years.
In attending the recent Assisted Living Federation of America conference in Orlando, I was impressed with its Hero Awards Program. Five extraordinary senior living professionals were selected from a pool of nearly 650 nominations received by residents, family members, supervisors, and colleagues and were honored as heroes.
The Assisted Living Federation of America did it right today: It gave the profession five major reasons to be proud of itself. The pride comes in the form of individuals who were celebrated as ALFA's 2011 Hero Awards recipients.