It has been a month filled with activities at Lakeshore Senior Communities! In addition to celebrating the return of warm weather and Mother’s Day, we have honored our residents, the nurses who care for them, and our incredible staff who make a difference in their lives. In the midst of all of the celebration, residents from our Independent Living community have been busy with lots of lots of fun activities. Some residents of Harpeth Meadows took in a Sound’s game at the new First Tennessee Park while others attended a special presentation by Dr. Carol Busy, a Nashville historian and Professor at Vol State. Meanwhile residents from Heartland Pointe enjoyed fellowship and great good at their annual picnic.
Thank You to Our Nurses!
National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12) is an annual celebration to recognize nursing professionals for their dedication & commitment and to show our appreciation for the contributions they make in health care and in the lives of those they help.
The Meadows and Heartland are blessed to have so many wonderful nurses who are dedicated to providing great care with understanding, patience and respect – while helping to make the lives of our residents rich and fulfilling. You are important part of our communities and we appreciate all you do!
National Nursing Home Week
National Nursing Home Week was created in 1967 to spotlight nursing home residents and staff and to encourage everyone to celebrate our elders who make such a positive difference in our lives. This week also gives us the opportunity to honor everyone who contributes to our Lakeshore Senior Living communities – our residents, family members, our staff and the many volunteers who take the time to make a difference in the lives of our senior residents.
Thanks to all who made these celebrations so special!
According to William James, a well-known psychologist and philosopher, “The deepest principle of human nature is craving to be appreciated.” Appreciation is a fundamental human need and we all enjoy being recognized for our contributions and accomplishments. Showing appreciation – whether through a sincere compliment, words of encouragement or simply with a smile, can make someone feel valued and appreciated. It can build confidence and self-esteem, boost spirit and purpose, increase satisfaction, and it can give a person energy and motivation to work harder and do more.
Remember, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter — that we all contribute in some way to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it. So as you go through your day, remember to slow down long enough to say thank you or job well done to a co-worker or employee!
“May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” 2 Samuel 2:6
Donna Finto-Burks has recently joined Lakeshore Senior Living Communities as the Director of Nursing at The Meadows. Donna comes to The Meadows with a background of both clinical and administrative nursing totaling more than 30 years of experience. Most recently she was the DON for a private company who contracted with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to manage 15 group homes. Prior to that she was responsible for supervising over 300 technicians and nurses as the DON for Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. She was selected to be a participant in the yearlong training with Leadership Tennessee.
A Few Words from Donna
We asked Donna to share a little about herself, including how she got into nursing and her favorite part of her job.
My interest in nursing began as a child when I heard our medical missionaries speaking at our church. I am grateful that a few years later I was able to join a mission team in Guatemala. Now, I am still mission minded looking forward to serving the Residents at Lakeshore Senior Living at The Meadows.
The favorite part of my job is being a part of a team who enjoys the benefits of respectful communication and passionate work ethic in the faces of our Residents on a daily basis. We are a blessed nation of people who have the gift of longevity. So how do we honor those who have received this gift? I believe Lakeshore has led the way and will continue to provide leadership in the best care needed for our aging population.
I want to thank my parents for their influence on my life for they were missionaries in Germany for 8 years. Also, I am grateful for my daughter who is a biology teacher living in Oakland, California. She is mission minded as well planning on introducing through School Juniors to Dominican Republic.
Please join us as we welcome Donna to Lakeshore!