One of our staff in Delaware Residential shared with me a story about a gentleman who had received supports in one of our homes for 25 years. Due to health issues, he was discharged from KenCrest in the fall, and then put into a hospice center where he would spend the last few months of his life. Even though he was no longer in KenCrest care, the staff that supported him in his KenCrest home continued to visit him in the hospital and in the hospice center. They offered their support to both him and his family. This went on for 5 months after he had left KenCrest. Now that he has passed, his staff are planning his memorial. This is example of what great, caring staff that we have at KenCrest.
You can tell who people are not by their words, but by their actions. Relationships made at places here go far beyond day to day ‘work’, as it is evident that many KenCrest staff make the people they support feel like family. I am so proud to hear how we at KenCrest make commitments to support people through their toughest times and in their final hours.
The field of special needs care has changed in how we are funded. The funding for our staff can often end at some of the most critical moments in someone’s life such as when the person is hospitalized or in need of a facility based hospice. Even though our ‘job’ has ended with taking care of that person, our hearts do not stop caring. The love and support many of our staff gives continues to be shown outside the day-to-day. We are proud to say that we continue to support each other and our individuals, even when it is not necessarily expected. They become a part of our own family.
By posting this message in the blog, I hope others will celebrate your work.