Loup City, NE: A Walk In My Shoes

If you haven’t taken a walk in someone else’s shoes lately, you might not be able to relate to the recent training the teammates of Rose Lane Home have experienced.  We welcome you to take a walk with us as we try to experience life in someone else’s shoes. The effects of those in need of certain types of memory support are far reaching and as unique as every one of us. Rose Lane campus staff donned goggles with small holes in them to limit vision. Over-sized gloves were worn to hinder the sense of touch and impair the ability to feel and mimic arthritis. Plastic vinyl with points upwards, was placed inside of shoes to mirror the pain of neuropathy, in order to hinder the desire and ability to walk around. Once the “gear” was put on, we then experienced everyday activities such as buttoning a shirt, being fed applesauce, folding socks, going for a painful walk, and stringing beads. Yes, there were laughs along the way.  Most of the tasks were very hard for team members to begin, let alone finish.  We continue to dedicate ourselves to providing a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity, and safety. We are able to encourage personal independence with grace as we attempt to have walked in their shoes. We continually pursue opportunities to improve ourselves and the services we provide. We learn from our experiences, build on our successes, and make changes when changes are beneficial. We develop people’s strengths and remain committed to becoming the Best of the Best.

Quality Care-We will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of those we serve.

Submitted by Janelle Cahoj, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Rose Lane Home, Loup City, Nebraska