Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, which brings to mind a saying from the Roman philosopher Seneca: “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” This is as true now as it was in ancient Rome, and acts of kindness both random and deliberate are seen every day in California’s Assisted Living communities.
Each year, CALA presents the Excellence in Service Award to outstanding community employees who practice and personify kindness and care. In the Fall 2012 issue of CALA News & Views, we caught up with five caregivers who had received the award and asked them for their top caregiving tips. We think the wisdom these caregivers shared in the magazine is really timeless, and we thought today would be the perfect time to re-share them with you, our blog readers.
Hilda Van Boom, The Arbors at Rancho Penasquitos, 2009 Fall Recipient:
Roger Gutierrez, Vintage Golden Gate, 2010 Spring Recipient:
Patti Gonzales, Huntington Terrace, 2010 Fall Recipient:
Zenaida Preciado, Emeritus at Hemet (now Brookdale Hemet), 2011 Fall Winner:
Debbie Tarwater, Paramount House, 2012 Spring Winner:
Thank you to all the caregivers who deliver kindness each day to California’s Assisted Living residents. Read the rest of these caregivers’ tips in News & Views Fall 2012: Caregiving. What acts of kindness, random or otherwise, are you performing today?