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Grit and Grace

Domonique Moore and Bob Speelman at Veranda Gardens

June 7, 2022
NOTE: This was taken from the blog of Foundations Health Solutions leader Bob Speelman. Bob works closely and frequently communicates with our Foundations Health facilities. It is so inspiring to see how each care team embodies the vision of our founder and nursing home developer, Brian Colleran, to be "A Culture of Care."

Some people you meet leave a lasting impression on you, and you leave better than before you knew them. Domonique Moore is one of those people. Domonique has been a Nursing Assistant for 22 years and has been at Veranda Gardens, one of our facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, for three of those years.

Domonique is 48 years old, has four children, and is a natural caregiver. Domonique told me that her family moved to Cincinnati from Detroit when she was 15 years old to help care for her Grandmother and get a fresh start. Domonique told me that her mom got running with the wrong people, got hooked on drugs and needed to get away to start over. Domonique said that’s exactly what she did, she turned her life around, and her mom is one of the most important people in her life.

Another very special person in her life is her younger brother, who she loves a lot. He has Cerebral Palsy and can’t walk but still lives on his own and is very independent.

Domonique told me, “It’s funny how people look at someone and instantly see what they can’t do and their limitations. I look at people and see what they can do and all the potential they possess.” WOW! is all I could think when I heard this response. It was a powerful statement and challenged me instantly.

Domonique and I began talking about being a Nursing Assistant and what it means to her. She teared up and told me, “It means everything to me. I feel God made me a natural nurturer. A lot of people look down on the position, but I feel it’s one of the most important positions you can have.” I asked Domonique if I could capture what she was saying on video because it was so powerful. Here is a little of the conversion Domonique and I had.

Domonique’s residents adore her. Her love for them is so evident and to see her interact with them was like seeing a daughter with a loved parent. She is a natural nurturer.

As we went room to room checking on and caring for her residents, Domonique had her care bag full of “the good stuff.” Every amazing caregiver knows exactly what I mean. It’s a bag full of really good shampoo, razers, cologne, perfume, lotions, etc. They buy these things with their own money and carry it with them because they want their resident to have the best of everything.

Domonique showing off the good in her Care Bag

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

- Erma Bombeck

Domonique gives everything she has to her residents. All of her talent, all of her ability and all of her love. We are incredibly fortunate to have her as part of our Care Team. She is full of Grit and Grace.

Bob Speelman, STNA

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