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Caring Makes Us Human Recently, I had the privilege of attending an employee training session led by Compass leaders Jean Garboden and Carrie Gallahan called “Caring is What Makes Us Human.” While the training offered many insights applicable to caring for people -- particularly for those with Alzheimers Will Forsythe, Vice President -- I loved the way it emphasized the and General Counsel simple, profound importance of Compass Senior Living human connections. I also loved the way the employees attending the training were receptive and interactive, adding their own stories and demonstrating the “culture of caring” that is what we strive for every day, in every interaction. One of the initial slides in the training presented Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs -- and right there, smack in the middle of the 5-level pyramid, was “Love/Belonging.” To ensure that each Compass community is a place where warmth, love, and a feeling of belonging is apparent and pervasive . . . this is not just a lofty goal, but something truly essential. What a unique opportunity we have in senior communities to bring out the best in one another, to connect and provide a genuine sense of love and belonging. While a focus is on making sure all of our residents feel this sense of love and belonging, it also extends to families, employees, and everyone with whom we interact during the course of a day . . . every interaction is an opportunity to demonstrate care to others. As we move ahead in this new year into Spring and beyond, we look forward to all of these opportunities to connect with you! Warm regards, Will Would you like a FREE subscription to True North Living Magazine? Please email or call 541.997.8202 or stop by 1451 Spruce Street, Florence, OR. To learn more about True North Elderhood, check out our website at or follow our True North Elderhood blog at 2 | 541.997.8202 Shorewood Senior Living