Brainerd Area News

Hearts For Hope And Hearts For Assisted Living Heroes


Take a walk down any residential street in Brainerd, Baxter, Pine River or any area community and you’ll see windows full of hearts.

The trend began as a means of showing support to health care workers and first responders in the midst of the current health care crisis.

I would like to dedicate our window full of hearts to those who work at area assisted living facilities.

The mission of caring for the moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas who reside in assisted living and memory care homes has obviously been complicated by concerns stemming from the Covid 19 outbreak.  And yet, those who have accepted this mission are still there, every day, doing their utmost to protect our seniors.  Here’s how it was explained to me. “This is not the kind of work you do because you need a job.  This is the kind of work you do because you are inspired to do it”. 

They are an inspiration to us all.

My mother spent the last seven years of her life in assisted living communities. Hers was an everyday battle with aggravated dementia.

Day in and day out, I was witness to the care and concern provided by these very special people doing their utmost to lend some normalcy to my mother’s life.

My admiration for them knows no bounds.

They not only tended to my mothers needs, they had to put up with me.

Whenever my level of frustration would be written across my face, there always seemed to be someone from the ranks of these very special people who would recognize it and who would be willing to provide the insight and kind words that I needed to deal with Mom’s condition in a more positive way.

Our hearts go out to families dealing with these circumstances through these unprecedented times.

Our hearts are on display in dedication to those whose mission it is to protect the dignity of those we love so much.