We, the residents of Carleton-Willard Village, a not-for-profit continuing care community in Bedford, nominate the entire nursing staff at the CWV Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Our nurses work as a team, and we wish to express our deepest affection and gratitude to them for their collective services. Many of us have experienced a variety of medical conditions, some more serious than others, that required a stay in the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from a few days to a few months. Regardless of the length of stay or the severity of medical condition, all residents receive the same level of excellent care. Not only do the nurses administer medications, but they talk to us, comfort us, and, most importantly, they listen to us. I was admitted to the center after spinal surgery in June 2012. I was in excruciating pain for weeks, and I had to undergo a second surgical procedure two months later. During both my stays at the center, I received consistent, high-quality care. The nurses demonstrated a remarkable instinct for anticipating my needs, whether it was administering pain medication, extending a compassionate hand, or simply a smile. During my stays at the center, I never felt alone or lonely, as the nurses were attentive and I trusted them to be present and give me the best possible care. I now enjoy a full recovery. A good nurse is always remembered as the best caregiver.
—Nominated by Anne Larkin