It’s been a year since one of our residents died. She’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last. Every single one of my clients has taught me something special but it’s my brief encounter with this individual that drove home the importance of paying attention to “everyone.” Sometimes we become so focused on “putting out fire” that we forget about those who are “low maintenance.”
Just because they are always sitting there quietly doesn’t mean they ought to be the last ones to be served every time. Just because they never complain doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting.
I wish I had been a better advocate, even though it wouldn’t have changed the fact that her time on earth was up. I did try to fight harder since her death. I hope it’s made her proud to realize that it’s kept history from repeating, at least for a while.