Peggy McFarland, CNA Peggy McFarland, CNA

Peggy McFarland moved to Louisville about 45 years ago and went to work in a shirt factory.

“But that didn’t last long,” she said. “I was looking for another job, and a friend told me they were hiring at the nursing center where she worked. She told me to apply, I did, they called, and here I am.”

That was 44 years ago and McFarland has been at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Bashford ever since. She started as a nursing aide. Now, as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she works with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the center’s Reflections Unit.

Ask her to describe her duties, and she’ll tell you the basics.

“I take them to the bathroom, help them get dressed, feed them and put them to bed,” she says.

But ask her about the people she cares for and her voice gets softer and more personal.

“I love these people,” she says. “People ask me why I never went on and became a nurse. But I’d rather work in this unit, with these residents. I hope I help them feel at home here.”

There are Kindred caregivers like Peggy McFarland in our nursing centers and hospitals across the country. And during National Nursing Assistants Week, we pay them a special salute.

Peggy McFarland, CNA