Reflections of a Caregiver
Rayne Wills, LPN, director of clinical services for Via Christi Village on Broadmoor, knows firsthand what it's like to spend time with residents who choose to live at Via Christi.
"The people who live here come here for a certain sense of security," Wills says. "That security may involve their medications and making sure they can get three meals a day. If they need assistance with bathing or dressing, we provide that. We encourage them to do as much for themselves as they can."
Besides caring for basic needs, staff respond to any change in a resident's condition. If anything our of the ordinary comes up, staff will check the resident's vital signs and call the doctor, if needed.
"This is a generation of people who have a lot to offer," says Wills. "They have stories to tell. They can tell us stories about things in history that they lived through. They have a sense of humor. They have a sense of dignity and they are a precious, precious group of people. We enjoy working with them because they're so appreciative of everything we do, too. There's not a one in here who doesn't say 'Thank you, thank you for helping me.'"