Life is filled with an array of highs and lows, successes and disappointments, happiness and sadness.
Each week, Life Care President Beecher Hunter shares a message of hope, encouragement, and celebration of our blessings to those in the Life Care family and for the public at large.
The themes emphasize that true joy arises from obedience to God and is best measured through service to others.
For the third year in a row, associates at Life Care Centers of America’s corporate offices in Cleveland, Tennessee, contributed 100 bags of goodies to the local Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
From Nov. 7 – Dec. 1, 2016, associates selected a tag from one of the two Angel Trees on campus, shopped for gifts and turned in completed bags to give individuals in need a special Christmas.
Orangegrove Rehabilitation Hospital in Garden Grove, California, recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The CMS ratings system is designed to assist the public in choosing care for their loved ones. It calculates the ratings based on results of health inspections, staffing and quality measures (including pain management, pressure ulcers, weight loss and falls).
Mikhail Watkins has been a certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Kona, Hawaii, for just under a year now.
He takes great pride in bringing a smile to our residents’ faces. He will often tell them a joke, compliment them on their appearance or escort them on wheelchair strolls around the facility for a change of scenery/stimulation.
Reba Gorley came to Life Care Center of Wichita, Kansas, on Sept. 14, 2016, after a heart attack.
She was weak when she arrived and could not walk, stand up, get out of bed, get dressed, take a shower or brush her own hair. She was dependent on others for everything, and she was having trouble thinking and speaking.
Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, held a Christmas dinner for residents and their families on Dec. 13, 2016.
Approximately 100 people attended the dinner, which was planned by the activity and dining services teams.
Life Care Center of Sparta, Tennessee, recently earned two distinct honors – being named a 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home and earning a deficiency-free state survey.
U.S. News & World Report released its list in November. It rates centers using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services covering health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of care. Fewer than 13 percent of nursing homes received a Best rating.
The Tennessee Health Care Association has named Ben Stiefel, executive director of Life Care Center of Collegedale, to its board of directors for 2016-17.
Stiefel joins the other board members in directing the organization as it works to enhance the ability of its members to provide essential long-term care services for the elderly and disabled through education, advocacy and leadership.
At Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts, we take our fun seriously, especially at Christmas.
Our December 2016 calendar was full of fun activities for staff – we held a cookie swap, a Secret Santa gift grab and a door decorating contest. But the highlight of it all was the ugly sweater contest.
When Leonard Hume arrived at Life Care Center of Wichita, Kansas, on Oct. 5, 2016, he was weakened from pneumonia and chronic kidney disease.
Hume had poor balance and trouble walking. In addition, he needed assistance to sit and stand, take care of himself and swallow. Because of his swallowing difficulties, or dysphagia, he was on a special diet of soft foods like pudding and mashed potatoes.
Morgan Johnson, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tennessee, helped a resident cross another item off his bucket list. Knowing that the resident was a passionate Tennessee Volunteers fan, Johnson took him to a football game in Knoxville.