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This is the first article in The Borough’s new category, titled “The Prototype“.  While we at The Borough write about all kinds of really great things others are doing, and about all kinds of really great strategies to help your own communities, The Prototype is our own personal journey of seeking the welfare of our city.  We practice what we preach, my friend.

I got into healthcare because I wanted to meet an urgent need.  When I began to understand how great this need was, I went to nursing school, and graduated with an RN.

Shortly thereafter, I worked in the Emergency Department, and I saw a lot of death.  In ways, it’s not as bad you’d think – a lot of people have been suffering with an illness for a very long time, and they, as well as their family, consider it a relief when the suffering ends.

But it’s also much worse than you can imagine sometimes.  I’ve seen a 5 month old pass, while their family sobs in wild confusion.  There are the fatal gunshots which take the lives of twenty-somethings.  It’s the stuff of nightmares, man.

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Faith and Healthcare

Photo credit: pedrosimoes7 via Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: pedrosimoes7 via Foter.com / CC BY

But that’s why I got into this business.  People need help when they have a health crisis, and as a Christian, I know nursing is a direct avenue to serve those with that need.

The good and the bad together, I can take care of my community as a nurse.  Through nursing, I can fulfill the call to action in James 1:27 to “look after orphans and widows in their distress”.  I’m happy to say that most people I take care of have families, but often times, they do not.

Nursing is also a wonderful means to be humble while doing what is good.  Titus 3:1-8 explains how we ourselves are no better than others – we (at least at times) have been just as terrible as the alcoholic who keeps falling off the bandwagon and hurting those around him.

We’re not better than the prostitute turning tricks to pay her bills and was injured by a client.

When we look in the mirror, we are the same as the thug whose life is filled with violence, and joined that gang because he had no one else to look after him.

And because we understand our need for humility, and because Christ died for us when we were still sinners, we do good.  We take care of others.

We nurse.

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ComfortCare Homes

In the past year, I began working for ComfortCare Homes, which is an amazing business.  It’s a new category of long term care called “Home Plus“.

ComfortCare Homes is a memory care facility for dementia/Alzheimer’s patients.  As a Home Plus facility, the care all takes place in an actual home – a large house in which no more than 12 people stay at a time.  There are literal kitchens and dining rooms.  The residents have opportunities to choose their own schedule, waking times, bed times, etc.  There are normal home activities.  Residents even get to help do chores if they desire.

It preserves dignity and provides much more opportunities for compassionate care for our elders than a normal nursing home.  Caregiver ratio to residents is never more than 1:6, where the average nursing home might be 1:30.

I am not personally the entrepreneur who started this business, but I am the Healthcare Coordinator.  The actual entrepreneur is a great man, named Scott Schultz.  I have known him for many years and he has personally been like a father to me.  He’s mentored me through difficult times and has given me very rewarding advice about life, church, and business.

I work very closely with Scott on a day to day basis, and we strategize together on how to make the business prosper, as well as how to give the best care possible to our loved ones.

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