“The little things. That’s what I like.”

Patricia Peltier, Capitol Lakes Retirement Community LPN

Patti Peltier is a people person. At home and at work, she thrives on the positive, meaningful connections she makes with others. For the patients and residents she cares for as an LPN at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, her brand of care is often a blessing.

There’s the elderly man, an artist in his eighties, who lost his voice to cancer. His paintings hang on the walls around him, but before Peltier visits, he moves them around—a welcoming change of scenery for them both.

Excited about the upcoming football season, the man was delighted when “Nurse Patti,” as she’s known to all, brought him a Packer hat and jersey.

“The little things,” Peltier says. “That’s what I like.”

But Peltier is being modest. In her twenty-three years in nursing, she’s seen and done a lot, and now she hopes to pursue an RN license, and perhaps teach someday, because she still has more to give. And as the saying goes, you get what you give. Fifteen years ago, Peltier was driving to work when she saw a car accident and arrived first on the scene. The car was totaled and the victim had suffered a severe head injury. She knew he didn’t have much time left, but she did everything she could to stabilize him while waiting for the paramedics. The man died at the hospital, but not before he was able to fulfill his final wish to donate his organs. The Red Cross later honored Peltier with a Good Samaritan Award, which she appreciates, but she insists she was only doing her job.

“I just did what I would want somebody to do for me in this situation,” she says.

For the last two years at Capitol Lakes, Peltier has been working with patients and residents in independent and assisted living environments, and in short- and long-term rehabilitation. In that role, she cares for people whose illnesses are progressing, as well as those on the road to recovery. No matter what situation she finds herself dealing with from day to day, Peltier loves providing the comfort and care each person needs and deserves. And she always does it with a dose of the very best medicine.

“Make them laugh,” she says. “Humor is the best thing.”

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