Before I came to River Pointe, I spent some time working in the Home Health Care Industry. I loved being able to work 1-on-1 with clients, providing comfort in the homes they’ve spent years building. I worked with a wide range of illnesses, and felt like I found my calling working with this great generation of people.
One realization I’ll never quite get over is how lonely many of my clients became. They grew more and more isolated as their illnesses progressed. For some, I was the only person they interacted with all day; for others, the whole week. These interactions were usually limited to a focus on bodily care, versus a social interaction. I truly believe this feeling is what led me to the job I have today.
When I found River Pointe of Moorhead, I couldn’t believe a place like this existed. People who live here are treated with respect and given opportunities to continue thriving. It was the definition of the home-like atmosphere I was searching for, but with the peace of mind needed for those facing physical ailments. River Pointe has some of the most dedicated and caring staff I’ve ever worked with, and most important to me, I get to know residents for the unique individuals they are, and help provide them with opportunities for social interaction, and moments of joy.
Our Community Life Department is always looking for ways to improve on what we have to offer. We try to keep strong ties with our community through various volunteer opportunities, and by going on recreational outings at least twice per week. We have wonderful performers, volunteers, spiritual leaders, and speakers come in to keep us informed, entertained, and spiritually well. Our weekly social hour and various holiday celebrations, provide a more structured opportunity to interact outside of coffee shop and dining room hours.
Mealtimes, however, provide the most important chance for social and physical well-being. Studies have shown shared mealtimes provide better health at any age – and the food here, really can’t be beat. We provide a great variety of well-rounded meals, and each table gets to know the other. Some residents even routinely meet outside of their apartments to walk down together.
What I’m trying to say is, I love my job. Here, we get to know one another. We learn what people like and don’t like, and keep changing and improving. If we don’t see someone for a while, or notice a change in their behavior, we talk to them about what’s going on and if we can help. I’m so happy to have found a place like River Pointe. My hope is that if you find yourself or a loved one in a slowly-isolating situation, that you start taking steps to combat that loneliness, whatever those steps may be. Maybe you have an idea for a fun community event or outing, or would like to volunteer, yourself. Give us a call or stop by any time! We’d love to hear from you (218-287-6900).
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Here’s another great article about the risks facing isolated seniors: