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Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program honors associates who go beyond their job descriptions in caring for residents, their families and fellow associates. Here are three of the inspiring stories from our September 2018 winners:


Pam Hartman, licensed practical nurse at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, bought fall door decorations for every room on the wing she works on. The residents really enjoyed the extra décor and said that it brightened their hallway and their day to look at them.


Christina Rush-Melks, receptionist at Life Care Center of Cheyenne, Wyoming, planned a celebration for a resident who was completing her chemo treatments. She bought a card and treats and decorated the resident’s room. “The resident was in tears when she returned because this associate had gone out of her way to do so much to show how she cared,” said Tiffanie Williams, human resources director.


Peggy Ewing, certified medication technician at Life Care Center of Carrollton, Missouri, noticed that a resident was always wanting to pay for his meal. He would ask every day what the meal was going to cost and then become upset and not want to eat because he didn’t have any money to pay. Ewing went to the store and bought the resident a wallet and play money so he could “purchase” his meals. He was very excited.

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