Welcome to the Presebyterian Senior Living Blog
Over the past 20 years I have had the opportunity to write extensively about the work of Presbyterian Senior Living, leadership, and other topics related to serving seniors.
In recent years we have often discussed launching a blog as another avenue to communicate with those seeking services for themselves and their family members as well as those working in the field. As I have contemplated this new initiative, several questions came to mind:
- Given the amount of information available using electronic media, does the world really need another blog?
- If the answer to the first question is yes, what are the goals of this new blog, and how will it differ from others that focus on serving seniors?
First of all, as the number of seniors that are in need of information and services continues its rapid growth and the landscape for the provision of senior services evolves, the need for information will expand.
Secondly, Presbyterian Senior Living has an 87 year history as a forward looking organization. Our service offerings have reflected this leadership as well as the desire to contribute to the greater good of the field of aging services. For example, the very first educational programs in administration of senior services were initiated in the late 1950’s by Presbyterian Homes, drawing people from 45 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Active involvement in state, national, and international associations by generations of PSL leadership has continued this rich tradition. This history provides a unique perspective that is not readily available from other sources.
In launching this blog, it is my clear intention to reach beyond the need to inform the public of the range of options available to them within and outside of PSL’s service network. Other topics will include the values that are essential in a caring ministry to seniors, the special demands and high expectations of leaders in this field, and the need for creativity and innovation in the future.
Lastly, you will likely find frequent references to faith and values in this blog. I am blessed to work for a church related organization where we can share such thoughts freely as we respectfully serve persons of all faiths and traditions. Many of us who work for Presbyterian Senior Living find a source of strength in a living faith that shapes our thinking in a world where few things seem certain.
We welcome your feedback as we start this journey together. We will do our best to address the issues that are of greatest value to you and your family in the weeks and months ahead.
Presbyterian Senior Living
About Steve Proctor
Mr. Proctor has enjoyed a long tenure with Presbyterian Senior Living. He joined the organization in 1971 and has since held positions as Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Executive Director, and Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming CEO in 1996. Mr. Proctor continues to work each day toward fulfilling his commitment to serve the residents, families and staff of Presbyterian Senior Living, as well as those in need of support outside of our network of retirement communities and senior living locations. He is a past chairman of PANPHA, AAHSA and IAHSA, and former board member of The Nativity School of Harrisburg. He currently is on the board for Forgotten Voices International.
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