Last week, we celebrated National Nursing Home Week and National Nurses Week...and we had a lot to celebrate. With hundreds of nursing staff working each day to care for the Elders who choose Tabitha, we spent the week in celebration and honor.
At Tabitha, we have a unique program that allows families to honor the caregivers that work tirelessly to care for their aging loved ones. It’s called, Hearts of Gold.
From the gentle encouragement of a home health aide and compassionate support of a living community care team to the companionship of a hospice nurse, the Tabitha team was there to help you navigate your health care journey. Through Tabitha’s Hearts of Gold, families can honor the excellence of their caregivers or teams with words of thanks and a gift to Tabitha.
Those gifts do more than honor, they are used to help fund and enhance Tabitha’s health care programs, allowing others to receive the same outstanding care. Contributors to the program are encouraged to write their words of gratitude which are shared with the team or individual honored and each receive a Hearts of Gold pendant and presented with a certificate of merit.
Susan F, known by Tabitha Elders as “The Sunshine Girl,” has worked as a Tabitha functional maintenance aide for ten years. She says working with Elders is her calling, a passion that began when she cared for her own parents. “I was good at the work,” recalls Susan. “It is the most rewarding thing you can ever do.”
The care Susan gave to her parents and the care she gives to the Tabitha’s Elders comes not from obligation but from appreciation, love and the desire to make a difference in the lives of Elders and their families. “They need us, and we need them,” she says. “At Tabitha, we’re about family, and every day I am thankful to be working with Elders and my Tabitha family.”
Susan’s heart of gold shines through for all the Elders she serves. Through Tabitha’s Hearts of Gold families are able to honor a caregiver, who like Susan and many before, has made a difference in the life of another.