Welcome to 2022! Taking a look back at all that was accomplished in 2021 at MRC Mirador, we take a deep breath and look forward to the new year with so much to be proud of.
MRC Mirador received wonderful news just in time for Christmas: on December 23, we officially became registered partners with The Eden Alternative. With the completion of Milestone 1, the key leaders here have pledged to create an empowered organizational culture that embodies The Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being.
Secondly, for the second year in a row, we found out in July that our Skilled Nursing team received 5 stars in every category— across the board— by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services! This perfect ranking is a result of thorough surveys from State employees covering staffing, health inspections, and quality measures. Way to go, Skilled Nursing Team!
Thirdly, Mirador turned 10 years old on July 22! It was quite the party, with special guests ranging from Mayor Paulette Guajardo to the Fire Department, and each and every Resident in attendance that evening (and throughout the decade) is a VIP.
At the beginning of 2021, a handful of Mirador Residents offered advice for the new year. The advice from our Residents this year is no less humorous, practical and trusted. Enjoy!
“This has been my ‘older’ age mantra: ‘Think young, trust God, and keep moving!’ It works.”
“Find something you love, enjoy doing and are always happy to do and can continue even when your mobility is limited! Mine is fiber art: quilting, needle art, etc.”
“Be a listener and be kind.”
“Accept where you are, be patient with yourself, and find community. Keep moving and don’t take yourself too seriously.”
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
- Psalm 46:10
“Easy to learn, but hard to remember at times.”
“We are all doing the best we can at any given moment. Let it go.”
Acceptance is the Answer to all my Problems
“This is not a new idea. It continues to be taught by spiritual leaders, recovery groups and motivational speakers because it works.
I accept that at 75 years of age, I may never ski a racecourse again. COVID-19 has reduced my access to quality healthcare. I may be wearing a face mask for the foreseeable future when leaving the relative safety of Mirador. I accept that my pursuit of a long and healthy life can mean increased loneliness as I outlive friends and relatives.
Acceptance is sometimes equated to powerlessness, but it doesn’t have to be. I might be powerless over people, places and things, but I don’t have to be a doormat. I don’t have to let people and events walk over me. What I can control is how I react. Maybe I can’t ski the expert runs anymore, but I can relive those experiences through photos. I may be outliving old friends, but Mirador is full of people eager to form new friendships. I can learn new skills such as Facebook and Zoom in order to maintain contact with friends and family. Even COVID can be ‘managed’ by following safe practices.
Acceptance doesn’t have to mean powerlessness and living like a hermit. Acceptance means taking control where I can and avoiding uncontrollable situations where possible.
Finally, to quote an unknown philosopher, ‘Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.’”