Sunday, January 09, 2011


Running a small business can be challenging.  With many out of work, families are caring for loved ones at home.  Retirement funds have lost value so people are trying other solutions for care.  This leads to a slow down all across community-based care facilities.  That being said all facilities are doing all they can to keep residents longer and provide more care than previously thought possible.  All this leads to fewer residents changing placements. 

The greatest number of referrals we have received lately are people on hospice with a short life expectancy.  I do love caring for people in the last days of their lives.  I know that we do an amazing job of supporting the resident and their loved ones.  The amount of resident turnover this brings is hard on the bank account.  And my staff have little consistency of scheduled hours with the changes.  I begin to worry when our census gets so low.  I begin to think of what the options are if we have no residents for long and cannot continue the business. 

Yet, when the situation becomes more difficult, we get a call.  Someone needs a place to live.  A family is at the end of their endurance and needs help.  Often, within a few days, there is a new resident in our home.  When this happens, I am reminded again of God's provision.  I need to do a better job of holding onto the belief that God will provide.

Psalm 34:8-10

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

1 comment:

NattyBumpo said...

One of the reasons I am not too worried about my work situation...I know that things just tend to "work out".