Nursing homes are communities in every sense of the word. With so many people from different walks of life living and working together, Great Connections are bound to happen. Everyone brings their own unique way of connecting and making these communities wonderful places to be. This story is about a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) who, in addition to providing residents with excellent care, wrote a lovely poem to honour the hard work and compassion that are part of every caregiver’s job.
Sean Hammond has been working as a CCA at Arborstone Enhanced Care in Halifax for many years. Although he may look more like a football player than a poet, he writes lovely poems that capture the gratitude residents and coworkers feel for the excellent, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The poem below, written for a retiring nurse, is framed and hung on the wall for all to enjoy. Thank you, Sean, for your hard work and your kind words.
An ode for a nurse We'll all miss you This is no lie Treasure memories From years gone by You're a good nurse And a fine friend We won't work with One like you again You cared for the young You cared for the old From years of service A story can be told From the love you gave And sacrifices made For those in need Whose memories fade Your friendly smile And your gentle spirit Comforting words Who need to hear it You comforted And formed a bond With those who passed Who you grew fond For those you've seen cry You held their hand And seen the pain Not many understand You took the time No matter the cost For those mourning The loved one lost So after we part Come visit, feel free We eagerly await Your company And never forget You're one of the few Who perform great tasks Not many can do. - Sean Hammond, CCA, Arborstone Enhanced Care
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