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Early Risers and the Brunswick Cove Nursing Home

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When a loved one needs skilled nursing care or assistance with their daily routine, family's usually search for a dedicated nursing home. Since nursing homes are manned 24/7, 365 days a year, that means some employees have to be there before dawn making sure patients are cared for. Brunswick Cove Nursing Center opened nearly twenty years ago. A lot of patients have come and gone. With 18 years employment under her belt, housekeeping supervisor Peggy Crisco, has met most of them. “I love old people. That's why I think I'm still here. I love working with them,” she said. Housekeeping is just one of the many wheels that keep the nursing center going. In the kitchen, the dietician and staff have to make sure each resident gets a breakfast appropriate for their diet. Dietary aid, Emanuel Willis said, “Some residents don't eat like everyone else. Some eat regulars, purees, chops - some don't eat regular food because dialysis patients have to have special stuff for them.” You also can't forget the importance of nurses and daily medications. Brunswick Cove is not just an early morning facility and sometimes even the higher-ups don't get holidays. “365 days a year we nurse. I was here Thanksgiving, most of the day Christmas and all of New Year's. I'm having Thanksgiving and Christmas this Thursday and Friday,” said Director of Nursing, Larry Gonzalez. Fifty-three CNA's and thirty-four nurses care for the men and women at the nursing home. A dedicated part of that crew has to be at work early in the morning, whether they are mopping the floors, cooking food, distributing medicine or assisting patients. “I wouldn't be able to do my job without the staff I have, that's the main thing. Anybody can have my job, they have the hard one,” added Gonzalez.

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