Pat was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her family owned a shoe store where she, her mom, dad and brother all worked. Sadly, her brother died when he was only 16 years old. After she graduated from high school, she went on to attend Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduation, Pat went on to work at a church where she became an ordained Lutheran Minister.
Pat and her husband had four children, all boys. Her beloved husband still lives in North Carolina with one of her sons. Pat’s other three children live near Cumming and visit their mom religiously several times a week. Pat initially moved into Oaks at Post Road but was one of our first residents with Oaks at Hampton when we opened our doors. She loves this location as it puts her closer to her sons!
Always a positive person, she was quick to tell us that everything in her life stood out as being something special; but when pressed, she shared her favorite memory was a trip to Israel.
If you are visiting Oaks at Hampton, look for the red haired sweetheart with the huge smile. That’s our Pat!
The successful businessman, philanthropist and founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson is notable for saying, "Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients".
While this statement sounds counter to old business wisdom, it is inherently true. Employees are the first contact customers (or in the senior living industry – residents) have with an organization. Employees who are treated well, educated and routinely challenged in their roles are undeniably happier – directly affecting how they interact with residents. So what are senior living companies doing to help employees and caregivers reach their full potential and therefore improving overall customer service for residents?
Just as the seasons change, and the summer heat gives way to a cool autumn, so do the seasons of life. Moving is a daunting and intimidating process, especially when combined with the emotions that come from the process of aging and moving into assisted living. Moving into assisted living comes with the complication of downsizing from a house into an apartment or condo-sized space. Most families do not know where to start in the moving process. After an assisted living community is selected and move-in date is set, it’s time to discuss what items they will take to their new home.
We all have those days… Where it feels like a Monday, a million things are being thrown at you, and your stress ball might actually disintegrate in your hand from pressure. Try experiencing all of that and being responsible for another adult who depends solely on you for care. That’s the daily life of a family caregiver.
According to statistics, the stereotypical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who is married and employed. She cares for her widowed mother who does not live with her; she does however have children or grandchildren under 18 living with her.
This month, we’re getting to know John Peterman, a resident of Oaks at Hampton. He was born in Taylor County, Georgia on August 25, 1923. John was the baby of a farming family. His dad farmed cotton and corn and his mother took care of John, his four sisters, and four brothers. A busy household, indeed!
Sunday August 21st marks National Senior Citizen’s Day – officiated by Ronald Reagan in 1988 as a way to celebrate and recognize the lives of our nation’s seniors. This official day created a way to acknowledge a generation’s lifetime achievements, sacrifices and contributions they made to their communities, families and country. While many honor mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, every day through little gestures – today is the day to go above and beyond for the elders in your life.
Most people think summertime is filled with warm weather, sunshine and relaxation. It provides most with the opportunity to be outside and enjoy time with loved ones doing a variety of activities. For the elderly, however, those same appealing pastimes can be dangerous when seniors and their caregivers do not take the proper precautions.