One question that is always asked when someone new comes to The Village is “What in the world is a Shahbaz?“ The story is long so I will try and summarize, but it is definitely one of my favorite things to explain. The Green House Project founder, Dr. Bill Thomas, penned the legend in his book What are old people for? Which explains about a king and his falcon named Shahbaz.
There once was a king who tried to rule the kingdom like his father before him, being a ruler of the people. The king, sadly, became less of that man and lost his way. The king spent his time scheming with his ministers, staying up all night partying, and neglecting his flock. Shahbaz, his trusty falcon, saw this behavior and became disappointed. Every night the king would take Shahbaz out to hunt game for their nightly feast. One evening Shahbaz noticed that one of the king’s people had gotten far off the path after being chased by thieves. Shahbaz’s heart swelled with compassion for the man. She protected the man from a mountain lion that was on the hunt, as well. After a fight with the mountain lion Shahbaz was weary and tired, returning without her nightly catch. The king was furious and tried again the following evening. Shahbaz, being the caring creature she was, flew back to the area she had found the man previously and noticed he had gotten himself even more lost. Shahbaz again beamed with compassion for the man. She gave him water, captured food for him, and with her beak started a fire. She did what she could to protect, sustain, and nurture the man. She returned to the king once more empty handed. Again the king was furious and did not feed her dinner. After this Shahbaz thought enough was enough and with anger and disappointment fueling her, she found the will to speak and told the king just how lost he had become. After hearing what the creature he trusted so much had to say, the king decided to change his way and became a Royal Falcon Trainer. He had many falcons that would fly over his kingdom to watch over his loyal flock of commoners. The foul were named after the original: Shahbaz.
The main goal and purpose of these birds were to Protect, Sustain, and Nurture the people of his kingdom. That is the goal of our Shahbazim here in our kingdom that we call The Village. They aren’t just here to make sure your loved one has help up if they fall in the dark of night. They are here to help your loved one flourish through the trying times of aging. Sadly, most facilities function on such a high staff to Elder ratio that the opportunity to have one on one time is rare. In The Village we pride ourselves on the ability to give our Elders the care needed, not just clinically, but mentally and emotionally, to sustain the quality of life they would have had in their home. Furthermore, speaking as someone who has spent their whole adult life working in the health care field of NW Arkansas, we are VERY blessed with a team of Shahbazim that go above and beyond to care for Elders on every level possible. You would be hard pressed to walk into one of our homes and not feel the over pouring amounts of love, compassion, and respect that our Shahbaz have for our Elders. I have never been so proud to be a part of a team as I am here at Legacy.
So, THANK YOU! to all of our team. Thank you for all you do, thank you for who you are, and thank you for all you make The Village. We could not be here or do the things we do without you.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining our great team, you can find a downloadable version of our application by clicking on the "about page" of our website or you can stop by our office to pick one up.