A week to honor our caregivers

From now through June 19 is National Nursing Assistant Week. It’s a time to honor and recognize the work they do in caring for our loved ones, especially those that suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. My mother suffers from this terrible disease and now lives at the Runk and Pratt’s Pearls of Life Memory Care facility. I am writing this letter to express not only my personal gratitude to the nursing assistants, but I know I can speak on behalf of all the families that have loved ones at the Pearls of Life.

Words alone do not express how thankful we are in the gracious care you give to our loved ones. We are very grateful for all the tedious and demanding work you do in a very challenging environment. It is an extraordinary calling to be caregivers for dementia patients. It is demanding and backbreaking, and often times it may feel “thankless.” Even if they cannot say thank you, please know that you are truly appreciated, respected and valued. It is heartbreaking to witness our loved ones going through these health challenges. It is a comfort to witness the love, kindness and quality service you give. Thank you for all you do!

GABRIELA NOSARI

Lynchburg

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