American Senior Communities
He flies commercial and private airplanes, goes scuba diving in exotic seas, sails through the air hanging from a zip line in the Philippines and has done just about everything else that requires good physical condition and nerves of steel.
But when it comes to his relationship with Amani Kaur, Dale Bronson is putty in her hands.
Kaur was his certified nursing assistant in the Moving Forward rehabilitation program at Greenwood Meadows, and since meeting her, he considers her a friend.
Her gentle persuasion helped motivate him to work hard during his therapy to get back into good shape. Less than a year after his knee replacement surgery, Bronson was scuba diving, zip lining and cutting 12 acres of grass at his home and private airfield in Bargersville. He also returned to the Volkswagen repair business that he has operated for more than 40 years. He credits Kaur with helping him recover.
“I’d like to adopt her,” said Bronson, 73.
His recovery has been exceptional. “It was hard work, but I enjoyed it,” he said.
Her efforts will be further recognized when National Nursing Assistant Week is observed Friday through June 20.
Experts, who note that CNAs provide more direct care to patients in nursing facilities than any other role, say they believe that when there is a caring, trusting relationship between staff and patients, patients do far better than when care is provided by people only going through the motions. Increased relaxation and decreased anxiety help people heal faster, medical professionals agree.
Kaur, 31, considers her work a ministry. “I feel like I’m making a difference. The residents know if someone cares or not,” said Kaur, 31, a single mother who recently completed training to become a licensed practical nurse. “The residents won’t be scared to be there if they know you’ll always help them. It makes a big difference.”
Why does Bronson like her so much? “She was just there when I needed her and she cared,” he said.
Kaur went into nursing after discovering she loved helping people. She helped take care of her ill grandparents.
She gets kudos from many other former patients, like Lois Endris, 88, who fell at home and injured herself. After five days in the hospital she was sent to Greenwood Meadows to continue her recovery.
While at the facility, one of 65 centers operated by American Senior Communities, Endris and Bronson became friends. They try to have lunch together once a week.
“Anytime I needed anyone when I was at Greenwood Meadows, all I had to do was ring and she would be right there,” Endris said of Kaur, who has worked there for two years.