Both Sides of the Coin

Today is my father’s birthday. Well, it would have been his 94th birthday. He passed away in 2014 at the Samson Nursing Center. I am one of the people that has experience on both sides of the coin at a skilled nursing facility. I just celebrated my 10th anniversary working here, and I have had both my parents live here. That gives me an interesting perspective. I have been a family member and have experienced the joys and sorrows of having my mom and dad in an institutional setting. I am an employee and experience the joys and sorrows of seeing our residents come and go, both through choice and passing.

Either way, it’s not an easy situation to be in. I have learned that both sides have valid points and it is helpful to try to see it from the other side when possible. The bottom line is that we all want what is in the best interest of our residents. And for that I am truly thankful; both as an employee and as a former family member.

-Renee Lipman,
Executive Assistant to the CEO