Local View: Extend thanks to our health care heroes

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Barb Wessberg

Each year in May, we celebrate National Nurses Week and National Skilled Nursing Care Week. This year, the observances took on special meaning. It is an ideal time to recognize our health care workers who are the cornerstones of our communities during this time of great need.

Every day, our Benedictine Living Community employees work tirelessly and selflessly to protect the safety, health, and wellness of those entrusted to our care. I am inspired by the extraordinary efforts shown by all of our staff in caring and enhancing the experience of aging for our residents, who are like family to us and a special part of our lives.

Our employees have gone above and beyond in finding meaningful, creative ways to connect with and care for our seniors. These include but are not limited to a nurse who dresses as a señorita for our Cinco de Mayo celebration, a nursing assistant who plays her violin for residents, a social worker who brings families together via technology, a wellness associate who leads hallway BINGO, and our administrator who worked with culinary to prepare and serve meals to our associates. Their contributions large and small have brightened our residents’ and employees’ days and provided caring hearts and comfort during this unprecedented situation.

If you have a family member, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance who is a health care hero, reach out to them today and thank them for making a difference. We are grateful for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to helping us stay healthy and safe.

If you have a friend or loved one residing in a senior-care community, we encourage you to contact them via mail, email, phone, or video chat and let them know you care.


Coronavirus has changed everyday life, but it has not changed the dedication and compassion shown by our caregivers. In fact, it has only strengthened it.

Benedictine Living Community is proud to serve our local community. Our team stands ready to support the safe transition of your loved one to long-term care, short-term care and rehabilitation, and senior living services. We remain committed to providing life-enhancing care for our neighbors in need, as well as meaningful employment opportunities, during this critical time.

Barb Wessberg is executive director of Benedictine Living Community Duluth.

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