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Pause to give thanks to nursing home workers


Date published: 8/11/2014

My 101-year-old mother, Gladys Todd, is a resident at Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center.

I visit her often and I always leave feeling thankful for her blessings. I am especially amazed by the loving care she receives from the certified nursing assistants. As I watch them work, I've come to believe that this is, perhaps, one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

On my visit there a few days ago, I noticed a bulletin board with photos of CNAs with 20-plus years of service. I couldn't believe their long dedication and service.

I want to take this opportunity to salute them and to thank them: Wanda Brooks (23 years), Carmen Campbell (25), Laura Garrett (23), Ruby Hernandez (29), Gwendolyn Joyner (25), Shirley McCain (25), Sharon Washington (22) and Sandra Willis (25).

If The Free Lance-Star ever does an "Unsung Hero or Shero" feature, please consider giving these ladies the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

Actually, all of the CNAs who have worked with my mom have been excellent. I am grateful to all of them.

For the readers who have loved ones in nursing homes, please give a word of thanks to the assistants. Their work is not easy.

Also, please know that nothing makes them happier than to see the residents visited by friends and family.

So often we hear the negative. I opt to embrace the positive. Further, I salute John Sevier, Jewel Myers, Jenn Robinson and their entire staff for its continued compassionate and efficient care. My mom and I are blessed.

Gaye Todd Adegbalola

Fredericksburg