We love to hear heart-warming stories of people achieving their goals. We especially love it when those people achieving their goals are a mother-daughter team at Three Pillars.
Barb Carstens of Fort Atkinson and Jes Lindemann of Waukesha, both Registered Nurses, are a mother and daughter who work at our Masonic Center for Health and Rehab. Jes, our Restorative Coordinator, started working at Three Pillars in 2005 as an LPN fresh out of college while Barb, our MDS Coordinator, started shortly after as an LPN in 2006. Both worked full time while in school at MATC and now both have proudly achieved that marvelous credential after their name – RN. Want to know the really cool part? They became RNs this month within a day of each other. In fact, they’ve had a bet going for many years about who would achieve their RN credentials first. Jes beat her mom to the punch with graduating from nursing school, but Barb passed her boards and clinched the RN title a mere day before Jes. We say they can call it even.
Barb and Jes were two of four LPNs who passed their state boards and became RNs in one week, and those were four of seven who became RNs in the past year. Later this year, at least two more are on track to do the same. According to Kitty Koloske, RN, Director of Nursing, the support from Three Pillars plays a large part in this.
When is the right time? Am I ready for a move to a senior living community? How will I know? It’s one of those big questions that only you know the answer to. Yes, there are many aspects to consider, and you bet – we’re here to help point those out. Take it from us, we’ve seen a few – er, a few thousand – people move into our community over the past 100 years.
Senior living communities offer more than just a place to live; they offer a whole lifestyle.
1. Consider your health.
Remember: a retirement or senior community doesn’t mean nursing home. Whether you’re in great health or you have a few health concerns, this could be the perfect time to make the move. At an independent living community, you’ll find that there is no medical or daily living assistance, but there is a whole community of neighbors and staff members abound to support you. An assisted or catered living community offers a layer of built-in nursing or caregiving support as needed. If you’ve ever thought that it would be nice to have a little help with your daily routine, you’d undoubtedly benefit from the helping hands available at assisted living communities. A great aspect of most assisted livings is that you pay for what you need, so if it’s a little or a lot, they’ll work with you. When in doubt, ask.