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National Caregiver Day: ‘I believe to her, it’s a vocation’

Kind Regards seriesIn the Kind Regards series, we share grateful letters and reviews from residents and families. Reading the firsthand experiences of those we serve renews our passion and purpose. It’s our hope that they touch your hearts, too.
On this National Caregivers Day, we share the following letter in honor of all those who make caregiving their vocation. As a ministry founded upon the act of caring for others, we’re incredibly grateful to you. Your care is love.
Kim, the daughter of a resident at Norris Square in Cottage Grove, MN, writes:

I would like to recognize Olivia Zahradka for the compassion and thoughtfulness she embodies as a caregiver at the Gables care center. Her attention to seemingly insignificant details – bringing fresh water to the resident, smoothing out wrinkles from the backside of my mother’s pajamas when laying her down and personally saying good night to my mother before leaving her bedside.

I have never witnessed Olivia become impatient or rushed with a resident’s needs and cares. If the aides are running behind in getting folks to bed, she makes a point in letting me know the approximate time they’ll be in to get my mother to bed – so my mother doesn’t feel forgotten.

Being a CNA is a job for many and they can do a great job in carrying out their duties, but I believe to Olivia, it’s a vocation. She is an outstanding, natural caregiver!

Kind Regards is a regular feature that shares the letters, hand written cards, emails and reviews we receive from those we serve. Beyond expressing appreciation, these letters remind us how important and needed our ministry is and inspire us to offer our best. All letters shared with permission. Please consider writing a letter or leaving a review on Google or Facebook.

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