I truly feel the warm thoughts and sincere prayers coming to me at this time, due to the loss of my Mom. As I worked with my sister clearing out her room I was struck by the flow of nursing assistants, nurses and activity staff who came to the room to pay their respects. With [...]
Virginia Garberding, R.N.
Virginia is a PK (Preacher’s Kid), daughter of the late Rev. Martin Lopahs, a Lutheran Minister, and Verona, currently a resident in a skilled nursing facility in Wisconsin. Her mother Verona was the inspiration for her book, Please Get to Know Me.
Virginia lives with her husband of 40+ years, Jerry Garberding and is the mother of Beth (Chris), Karen (Jim) and Melissa (Shin). She is the very proud grandmother of Alyssa, Jared, Evan, Morgan and Verona.
Virginia is the author of, Please Get to Know Me – Aging with Dignity and Relevance, with New York Times best selling author Cecil Murphey. Cecil Murphey is best known for the, 90 Minutes in Heaven series by Don Piper, as well as, Gifted Hands, the Ben Carsons story.
Please Get to Know Me – Aging with Dignity and Relevance, is available at:
Posted on June 13, 2013 - by Nurse Virginia
A very small child will glow when they have been of service to their parent. A smile and sincere thank you can go so far while costing you nothing. It only takes a moment to smile and say “Thank you for keeping me company” when the person can no longer contribute physically. While the confused [...]
Posted on June 6, 2013 - by Nurse Virginia
No one could remember what they ordered and the waitress was getting impatient They were five for lunch, four elderly ladies with significant memory loss and their caregiver. The caregiver read the menu and ordering went just fine. Chicken salad, BLT sandwich with fries a cheeseburger, all the usual lunch at the diner orders. The [...]
Tomorrow is National Bosses Day, while many people are born leaders and always seem to know the right direction for the group. Some of us can learn a little from nature. GEESE FLY IN A V SHAPED FORMATION The lead goose takes the brunt of the wind and the flapping of all their wings creates [...]
PART II Many times when the dying person is asked their last wishes the dying individual will just ask to be able to die at home. At the time when George asked, this didn’t seem to be such a large decision. After all thought Mary, we will get hospice in and a 24 hour care [...]