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How Nurses Enrich Our Lives

jjue May 20th, 2011, 8:06 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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25559ofso6jyp30Every day our visiting nurses enrich the lives of the elderly by helping them manage their health needs in the home. The benefits of their visits extend to caregivers, family and friends as well.

Can you imagine a world where the elderly weren’t an important part of our lives? It’s difficult for me to envision a world like this.

When I travel to my home visits, it is a pleasure to see older adults exercising outdoors, socializing with one another at the local bakery or taking their grandchildren for a stroll in the neighborhood.

I count myself blessed that my grandparents were around to watch me grow up. Our conversations around the dinner table and their stories of life in the old country are still fresh in my mind. My memories of watching them age gracefully is one of the reasons I admire how our visiting nurses help the elderly stay healthy.

Navigating through our current health care system can be daunting even to the professional. In fact there are times the lingo is like a second language. However, I am a witness to the expertise and compassion our nurses use to guide the elderly and their caregivers in making excellent health care decisions. Countless caregivers have expressed to me their appreciation for our nurses because of the time they invest to understand their needs.

The guidance our nurses provide is especially evident to those for whom English is not their first language. The seniors I work with are grateful for the presence of visiting nurses in their lives.

I want to thank our nurses because they help older adults manage their health at home and enable them to stay active within their communities.

Photo by Renjith Krishnan

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  • This is a very kind post, Jeffrey! Thank you. And thank you as a part of the health care team.

  • You’re welcome Amy! Everyday I continue to learn from our nurses.

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