Things were so much less complicated when I started into the nursing home business in 1973. My father, looking for a business venture, built a 19-bed nursing home on the family farm. My older brother was the administrator and night shift aide. My mother was the cook, and my father was the maintenance man. I was the director of nursing and day shift aide.
Here I am in my 40th year of long-term care. It is often said that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but that is not totally true. You can teach an old dog new tricks; it's just extremely difficult. In the case of this old dog, it took a near-death experience.