Living Like We Always Have
Life Continuity, what does that mean? As we age, so many things are no longer possible for various reasons. But we want to continue to live our life as we have been used to. The design, operation and philosophy of Elite Care Communities is all about Life Continuity.
This time of year, I am always reminded of Ray. He lived with us for quite a few years and he was a Royal Rosarian. I am a Royal Rosarian and wanted to make sure that he could go to membership meetings again, even though he was in a wheel chair. So we figured out how to make it happen.
The next step was the Rose Parade. It is every Rosarian’s dream to march in the parade. It is a tough parade and as we age, it becomes hard to participate. It had been many years since Ray was able to march in the parade. He had a motorized wheel chair, so I told the Prime Minister (the leader of the Royal Rosarians), that Ray would be participating in his wheel chair. He wasn’t so sure about that and I told him that unless he came up with a better idea, Ray would be there in his wheel chair.
As it turns out, they rented 3 Golf Carts and all of a sudden there were other Rosarians who wanted to participate in the parade and ride in the carts. In order to make this work for Ray, Bill Pascoe had to get a nurse delegated to administer his CBG, and provide snacks along the way, so Ray would be medically taken care of. What a team effort it was and Ray participated in 2 parades!
Fast forward 7 years, now there is a pretty large trolley that follows the Rosarian marching unit with many Rosarians in it who can’t march the whole rout anymore. Every year I remember Ray and I know he smiles down on us, he continued living his life the way he was used to thanks to everyone’s determination.
That is what it Life Continuity means for us at Elite Care: working as hard as we can to make sure our Residents continue the life they have always lived.