The heart of Artman truly beats in the chest of our compassionate staff! As Personal Care Administrator at Artman, I work closely with residents making sure they are getting the compassionate care they deserve. A few years ago, we began a tradition here at Artman called the “Walk of Honor.” This is a way to show our love and support for the residents and families we have been so fortune to build relationships with during their life here at Artman.
When a resident passes away, soft chimes ring through each neighborhood to inform staff and other residents of the passing. Staff from all around our community gathers to support the family and neighbors of the deceased. A beautiful quilt is placed over the resident who has passed and staff, other residents, friends and family escort them out of the building. It is one of the most touching, spiritual and loving things I have ever experienced. The residents name is then embroidered on the quilt that will be used again… the next time the chimes ring. Staff has so embraced this beautiful ritual that our Dining Staff got together and made a quilt for our 2nd Avenue Personal Care Household.
Recently I got a call from one of our local funeral home directors who has witnessed our “Walk of Honor.” They were so touch by what they witnessed and expressed what deep emotions they felt at seeing the love and support our residents and families receive here at Artman. To show their appreciation for our dedicated staff, the funeral home has written and delivered thank-you notes to all the wonderful caregivers at Artman. I am so blessed and honored to work with this incredible group of people for the last five years – the heart of Artman.
Read the letter Betty received from Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes below.
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