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Letter: Father received good care at nursing home

Sept. 7, 2006, just another day. But for me it was one of the saddest. This was the day we had to bring dad to the nursing home. It's difficult to describe the emotions one goes through. The guilt, the fear, the pain. It was hard to accept the fact that he no longer could stay at home.

Now, nearly four years later, dad has passed away. It has not been an easy time but I have come to accept that it was the best thing we could have done. The more time I spent with dad the more I came to appreciate Green Pine Acres. It's not at all what I imagined that first dreadful day. Many evenings he would ask me when we could go home. I would try to comfort him and tell him "you're in good hands, these girls will take good care of you and everything will be ok, this is home now." Those were always the toughest days.

It didn't take long to realize that this is no ordinary place. The building might show some age, it may not be the latest and greatest but for many of our loved ones it is home and what shines so bright is the staff. Anyone can help with your daily needs, but at GPA everyone seems to go that extra mile. Their compassion and caring needs to be recognized. This is no ordinary nursing home, this is a big family. The genuine concern for residents and their families is hard to describe. As a frequent visitor I knew my dad was getting the best care and I would never have to worry if I couldn't be around. He was in good hands.

Jon Kangas