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‘You choose to be in relationship with families’

Kind Regards seriesThe following letter comes from Jackie, whose mother and father, Mimi and Ed, lived together at Lexington Landing in Saint Paul, MN. Reading her firsthand experience renews our passion and purpose. It’s our hope that it touches your hearts, too.
 

A mutual goal: ‘familiar caregivers and her husband at her side’

Ed and Mimi at Lexington LandingLexington Landing Campus Administrator Deb Waedt explains that Mimi needed a short stay at Carondelet Village Care Center during health challenges. Mimi then returned to Lexington Landing, where she was also served by Optage Hospice.
 
Mimi’s and Ed’s time apart was “very difficult for both,” said Deb, and so “our mutual goal with the family was to reunite these two and give Mimi the opportunity to live her remaining days with familiar caregivers and her husband at her side.”
 

Jackie’s letter

Jackie writes to Gina Goldsmith, clinical administrator:

Yesterday I had a few interactions that I thought were amazing with Tianna [Salo], Rica [Gomez] and Sheku [Sheriff].  

I had a short conversation with Sheku about Mimi returning and my dad’s stress ... Sheku expressed concern … because of how things have impacted [my dad] in the past. I so appreciated his watching out for him. He gets it and sees my dad clearly.

Then I watched Tianna squat down and talk to Mimi in her wheelchair after lunch. She was so present, kind and tender. It was powerful to watch their interaction and see Mimi’s face light up while interacting with a familiar person who cares about her.

Rica has wonderful, positive energy and is a bright light all the time.

I just want to tell you that I am really, really impressed and so grateful for you and your staff. As a teacher it’s my job to care about kids as it is your job to care about residents. However, the way you do that is beyond your job requirements. You choose to be in relationship with families and not just have transactions. And the way that you offer hope, playfulness, reverence and respect is admirable.

Jackie and family
 
Kind Regards seriesKind Regards is a regular feature that shares the letters, handwritten 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. Thank you.
 
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