SDSU students learn the ropes of senior living care

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Checking vitals and having good conversations — that’s what the day looked like for some SDSU nursing students at Hearthstone Assisted Living in Sioux Falls.

“Honestly, it’s just meeting everyone, talking to everybody and just being there for them, and making connections with the people living here and being able to put a smile on their face and make them laugh,” SDSU nursing student McKenzie Hustead said.

“I think it’s wonderful to see the interest in senior living, really. You know, staffing struggles are everywhere but we’re very excited to have the opportunity for them to learn about the different levels so they can really find their niche and grow in that,” Hannah Peters, manager of Hearthstone Assisted Living, said.

“It’s really, really good experience in this level and higher level. It just really opens your eyes to what people are going through currently, what they’ve gone through in their past. To be able to help them through that now, I think, is really rewarding,” Peters said.

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