Heartland Hospice Serving Greater Lehigh Valley Brightens Days with Painted Rocks
In celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week and National Hospital Week, the Heartland Hospice Serving Greater Lehigh Valley team created a fun and interactive way to honor their brave colleagues. Didi Caramuche, Manager of Business Development, details the fun and encouraging event:
“Account Liaisons, Aleks Szerling and Jen Hallman, along with Care Transition Coordinator, Amanda Klauder, each painted inspirational and uplifting sayings on large rocks and strategically placed them on the grounds of skilled nursing facilities and hospitals throughout the Lehigh Valley area. Initially, an email was sent to those facilities and hospitals that permitted the placement of the rocks. The email read: ‘You are all ROCKstars! Just in case anyone needed a reminder: you are OUR rock and we THANK YOU for all that you do every day! We have decided to start a rock challenge! With everything going on, a simple message or picture can be enough to provide encouragement and brighten someone’s day. A positive message at the right time can shift the way of thinking in someone’s entire day. Together we can all make the world a kinder place. Somewhere on your facility grounds, a kindness rock has been placed. If you find the rock, please give us a call. CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for all you do! We encourage you all to add to the collection to spread kindness and smiles!’
The response has been phenomenal! Administrator of ManorCare Health Services - Easton, Melissa King, stated, ‘I love this idea!’ Jessica Redington and Jennifer Skriletz, both from the business office of ManorCare Health Services – West Allen were delighted to find two rocks on their property. Jennifer said, ‘That was such a fun idea! The rock is so pretty; I want to keep it in our office.’ Lydia, Social Worker from ManorCare Health Services – Allentown loved the idea so much that she is planning on speaking with the activities director to incorporate rock painting with residents to add to our rock garden. Dwayne, maintenance director, was pleased to spot the rock while doing his work around the grounds and was happy with the encouragement that it brought.
Our goal is to be supportive to all the people braving the frontlines during this difficult time. We wanted to brighten up their world a little just like the way they bring cheer to others. I had a feeling that this would make people feel good, but I don’t think any of us thought it would become what it has. We hope the cheer and encouragement is contagious.”