"It's! a! great! day! at Generic Storage Place! (not its real name)" he exuberated. "How can I help you!?!" I thought it was probably a one-time sales charade, but he turned out to be the same in person.
Easy to list negatives. Easy to become reclusive. No matter when you leave a home. Or retire. No matter the time or age or gender. Be positive in setting the goal, rejoice on reaching it: in a retirement home, in your long-time home, in a new marriage, in a new grandchild — all a new rhythm. Be positive. Reach! Try! Strive! Age allows it.
You know, it's really all how you look at things. We all have days that stink, but spinning the situation differently can change how we deal with apparent downers.
If you can create an atmosphere of gratitude in your setting, you will have created a place where people want to be.
People have wondered if I was awake to welcome the New Year. I think it's another way to find out if I'm old, like one of those trick long-term care job interview questions that would be illegal if you asked it directly. In fact, plenty of important questions need answers.
Like any good long-term care provider, I should know that to breathe a sigh of relief after weathering a crisis is to challenge the gods. Remember Brad, the nursing home administrator who left the deposition shouting, "Hurray, the worst is over!"? Of course you don't. No skilled administrator would ever tempt fate by even thinking something so cosmically naïve.
Let's face it: Sometimes life at work can be like the Denver Broncos at this year's Super Bowl. And if we let that get in the way, we're going to feel like Peyton Manning on his way to the locker room.
If you're like me, you're a big believer in the saying "Attitude determines altitude." Eldercare professionals should have this embedded in their minds — for their good and the benefit of those they care for.
If you're like me, you're a big believer in the saying "Attitude determines altitude." If you're in the eldercare business, this should become embedded in your mind — for the good of those on your watch.