“We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some have yachts, some canoes, and some are drowning.”
– Adapted quote by Damian Barr
As I managed my own stress and anxiety, sometimes I do not show enough grace to others, and I can compare my burden to others. On my personal Facebook page, I recently posted an update following my husband’s surgery and many commented that it was “inspiring”. As much as I appreciated that- I am fortunate to have a great support system in place- that helps my boat weather the storm. You know what is really inspiring-offering help to others and admitting when we need help.
I wanted to share with you what I am being told by my teams, patients/families about Retirement Connection and CareAvailability.com.
As you know our time in the acute care hospital is limited by the pressures of progressing patients to transition to next level of care with an average length of stay of 4.5 days. This as you can imagine is very little time to meet and assess your patient, family, support systems, prior level of function, home support, medication and financial short comings etc.. Our team looks for every avenue available to make the work more fluid. We provide patients and families on campus the Retirement Connection booklets as they are well laid out and easy to navigate. We actually have folks who ASK US if we have a copy for reference while they sit in a room with their loved one. We love all the details you’ve added to the book at our request to ensure that we aren’t calling a facility that can’t meet the specific patient needs. WELL DONE!!!
When it’s not possible for them to be on campus or receive the tangible resource we direct them to your on line resource. We are so appreciative of your team’s creation of Care Availability.com as it allows us as a Regional Medical Center the ability to reach families who are often not within our community to provide them with this resource to view and select post-acute care options. They report the ease of use to research the appropriate level of care as well as your inclusion of Medicare.gov star ratings and finally they love any photos the facilities add to their listings to allow them the opportunity to visualize the facilities.
The one thing that EVERYONE….. not just my staff tell me every day…. Why can’t everyone update their availability? When they see weeks since last update they move on to the next facility. No one has the time to cold call every facility nor do they know that a Google search will provide them with as complete of a list as your booklet and online service provides.
Thank you for all you and your team do to assist case managers everywhere and most of all how your resources assist our patients/families. Because of your resources these folks can easily navigate what is often times a complex and unknown process.
In my job as an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist I use resources in both the Retirement Connection print guide and web site. The information provided is important for the work I do. I love the fact that everything is laid out in a clear manner. I also refer colleagues to the Retirement Connection. Thanks for this vital community resource for the older adult population!
The advertisement dollars spent towards our spot in the guide was money well spent. This company circulates these guides in hospitals, clinics, and more. We have gotten a few move-ins already since advertising here in the guide and its only the second month in circulation. We also had a small issue with our electronic ad and Retirement Connection worked with us to fix it right away. Great company to work with.
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Blaise Pascal
Sometimes it is easier to share a lot of words quickly, rather than to say something briefly but to the point with more meaning. Brevity forces us to cut ambiguity and conditional language. A concise message has both value and challenges.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
When I read this quote, I think about “Mushrooms”. You know where mushrooms grow, right? Sometimes we need to grow through a layer of CRAP before we really get to see the light of day. I am optimistic that everyday can be better if I chose to focus on the sunshine of helpers and the opportunity to grow, not just the crap that surrounds us. I just need to look a little harder sometimes.