Letter to the editor
To the editor:
This week, we at Vintage Park will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week. Since 1955, the National Center for Assisted Living has honored the assisted living profession during this week beginning on Grandparents Day. The theme for this year is "Honoring the Spirit of Our Nation."
Last year, in the midst of our national celebration, a tragedy unlike any other struck our nation. From now on, the anniversary of Sept. 11 will be part of our honorary week. We will continue to honor our residents, their loved ones and staff for their important contributions to our communities and our nation.
I feel honored to be a part of the assisted living profession that nearly one million Americans make their home, choosing the comfortable home-like setting in which they can live with the advantage of supervision. Serving as an effective alternative between home and a nursing facility, these residences offer the ideal blend of independence, social involvement and personal assistance. With respect, the staff assists residents in many facets of their lives, including meals, dressing, bathing and supervision of medication. With this assistance, our residents can live in a safe environment while enjoying a sense of independence.
I encourage each of you to share some of your time with a senior citizen. You will find that the knowledge that they share with you will be amazing! They are indeed deserving of our honor. As director here at Vintage Park of Baldwin City, I have the privilege to share every day with some very special senior citizens. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my exceptional staff for their care and commitment, they are truly a wonderful group of people. I would also like to thank you readers for the countless ways you have already shared in the lives of the residents of Vintage Park. We all appreciate it!
Sue Brown, director
Vintage Park of Baldwin City