A stands for Attentive
Now, being attentive is almost like being thoughtful, attentive being “observant, solicitous, or mindful” according to the dictionary while thoughtful is “heedful anticipation of the needs of other.”
Employees competed with one another of being observant and solicitous about the Residents’ needs. For many people it is hard to ask for help, and the Residents are no exception. Each day there are so many things with which they need help from getting up in the morning, buttoning shirts and blouses to eating or getting a drink.
Being attentive to those needs, anticipating their desires means so much to them. And they are very grateful for each attention, thanking with words or a smile where words are unavailable.
Attentiveness to one another certainly creates a family spirit, a concern for one another, since, as Jeanne Jugan would say, we are all brothers and sisters since we all have God as our Father.
And what better way to celebrate attentiveness than with a Bar-bee-que? Even though the weather was uncooperative and rainy, the party in the auditorium was a complete hit. Entertainer Greg Palmer enticed some of the Residents, employees and volunteers to dance, and those who did not feel like joining in certainly enjoyed the others dancing. It was a great party, great food, great entertainment and great company!