Rose, the namesake and co-owner of Majestic Rose, is a Registered Nurse with specialized experience in senior care. A member of the American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing, and Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association (AALHA), Rose became a nurse because she wanted to help people, and she wanted a profession where she would be constantly challenged.
In nursing school, Rose learned the importance of embracing the physical and psychological well-being of patients. But she soon discovered that school was one thing, the real world was another; she still remembers her first day working as a nurse when she went home depressed and disillusioned thinking “Is this really what I want to do?” She became frustrated working in a nursing center because it was impossible to provide one to one care; the patient to nurse ratio exceeded 30 to 1. Although Rose could help her patients physically, and even developed close relationships with most of them, she still came home feeling slightly empty.
Rose’s inspiration was witnessing the one to one care that a hospice nurse was able to provide at the nursing home; “this is what nursing is all about” she thought to herself. A year later Rose became a hospice nurse; this gave her the opportunity to do in-home visits and to visit numerous care homes, both large and small. Rose immediately noticed the difference in the quality of care between smaller, more personal care homes with a low caregiver to resident ratio and a warm, family home environment versus the larger traditional, institutionalized nursing homes. In most of the assisted living homes she visited, Rose soon noticed some consistent flaws; flaws that could be improved upon with minimal changes.
As her career progressed, Rose stayed within hospice care but moved to an In Patient Unit which had a very similar nurse to patient ratio as a small care home. She soon found herself building relationships with patients and their families; this level of personal interaction greatly improved her patients’ emotional well-being, and helped Rose partially fill the void that she had felt in her other roles.
Sadly, the majority of patients that came to the unit were in the last weeks or days of their lives. Rose soon realized that to completely fill the void she felt, she needed to meet these patients earlier…at a time when she could not only improve their emotional state, but also perhaps lengthen their lives.
That’s when she met June and her daughter Tina; they made such a great connection in the short time they had together that it motivated Rose to consider opening her own care home. One day Tina asked Rose “When are you going to open Rose’s Place?” and it was no longer a matter of “if” but “when” she was going to open her own care home, and fix the flaws she’d seen elsewhere.