Today marks my final day at Aperion Care after two and a half years. This is a bittersweet moment for me. It was the start of my social work career. It was my first chance to counsel people and work first hand with people who have been diagnosed with MI.
I have learned so much from my coworkers, starting with my first co-worker and the person who trained me, Donna. She lit the fire in me to advocate for the residents, to hold them accountable to the policies, and to always remember to do so with empathy and understanding for the position they are in as a resident in a nursing home. I hope that I have done a good job in remembering this.
Then from current co-workers who have kept me grounded, helped me grow as a social worker and hopefully helped me to develop into a better co-worker in general. They have made me laugh, cry, frustrated me and angered me at time, but through it all, we remained a tight knit department that supported each other, regardless. For that, I am forever grateful.
Finally, my residents. Every single person that lives in that building will always hold a special place in my heart. I have seen them at their best and their worst, they allowed me to be a part of their lives, trusting me with their inner thoughts and feelings. They enjoyed pushing the boundaries and sometimes tried to push my buttons, but I hope that they all knew that no matter what happened, I would have their backs and advocate for them so that they could received the best care possible. I really hope that I have not let anyone down in regards to this. It reminds me of a quote I saw from Mother Teresa “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” This is the expectation I have for myself, each and every day.
I have loved working for here but now I am moving on to bigger things. I guess I always knew that this day would come, but I never knew how or when. It is surreal because this has been a big part of my life for almost three years. However, nothing can begin if you don’t take the risk to try. And so, I try.