Where we should really begin is in Jerusalem, 1985. My parents, Mary and Nazar, had been living in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City for over seventy years. As they reached old age, the lack of social programs and the continuing emigration of the Armenian community meant that there were few options for how they could live out their final years autonomously and with financial security. Tarek and I were newly married and, though struggling financially to start a family together in Yonkers, New York, we decided to move my parents in with us. We had the privilege then of managing to make things work in a house, eventually, of seven. And that was in very large part thanks to my parents’ altruistic commitment to helping raise our three children Stefan, Alexander and Jasmine. But while my parents were able to contribute so much to our home, their strength and resilience, won over a lifetime living in a city whose persistent spirit is thousands of years old, could only last so long.
It mostly began with my father’s diminishing vitality. He was a man with great pride in his self-reliance. He refused to relax from contributing to the household even into his late eighties, sorting recycling or using all of his strength to get the mail every day. He lived to ninety-nine and a half, but it was in many ways those final fifteen years that demanded the most from us as his spirit pushed on but his body could not keep up. I have been a Registered Nurse for almost thirty years. That experience gave me the confidence to provide expert medical care for my father, but it did not prepare me for the emotional challenge of holding him when he could not bear his own weight or taking him to the hospital after a fall because autonomy and freedom mean that a person can try to go for a walk when no one is around if he chooses. I watched my mother feed and bathe my father without ever making a single complaint, and I gathered strength from her dignity of spirit.
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In order to provide the highest quality of care to our residents and families, and empower our caregivers to do their best work - we make sure they are empowered with all the tools and training to do an exceptional job.
Assisting with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Quarterly Emergency Preparedness by a Professional Firefighter
Food and Nutrition Safety
Safe Transfer, Adjustments, and Lifting
Best Practices– Fall Reduction
Decrease Risks of Skin Breakdown
Stages of Alzheumer’s (Early, Middle, and Late)
Effective Communication with Memory-impaired residents