"They were crazy about you Lon! You did your homework. You understand that adult learning can be fun and even downright entertaining and inspirational! We want you back next year."~~ Shannon Lease, Director, Office of Performance Improvement; Florida DOH.
Somewhere along my Journey as a leader in the Healthcare industry I realized something was terribly wrong!
I had a good life... I was making a solid living... achieving positive results... and I FELT ALONE AND DEFEATED
I looked around me and I saw amazing people working with me, doing amazing things... and THEY FELT DEFEATED!
I talked to and met with the families we served (particularly in the SNF industry) and despite their loyalty and heroic/herculian efforts to Care for their loved ones... THEY FELT ALONE AND DEFEATED!
Then i had an AWAREness that we were all experiencing the same thing; we were all focusing on what we DID NOT or COULD NOT do... we were wall together doing amazing things yet felt alone!
I realized we were all Caregivers! We came at things from vastly different angles (Leadership/Management; Front Line Professional; Family/Personal... but we were all CAREGIVERS!) yet we were experiencing the SAME emotions and feelings!
With this AWAREness I began to learn to ACCEPT in myself and in each of these Others that when faced with a daunting challenge or impossible task... we must focus on our efforts, our intentions, our connections... and learn to ACCEPT the outcomes beyond our control...
And with AWAREness and ACCEPTance... we could begin to ALLOW one an-Other to join us on our Caregivers Journey!
We were no longer alone... no longer DEFEATED!
This website, my consulting and "EnterTraining" programs are all about this journey and these moments where I learned that... I AM A CAREGIVER!
Thank YOU for Caring!
Lon Kieffer, RN, BSN, NHA
"AWAREness... ACCEPTance... ALLOWance..."
Speaker, Author, Consultant, Coach... "Defender Of Caregivers"
Graduate of University of MD School of Nursing
Licensed Nursing Home Adminisrator for over 20 years.
Consultant, Speaker, Author, Trainer - 15 years plus.
Recognized as: "Administrator of the Year" - State of Delaware 2004
Recipient of: "Culture Change Award" - Dining Services (1st SNF in the Nation to implement "trayless dining") - State of Delaware - 2010