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October 2018 Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners

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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 October 2018 winners...

Life Care Centers of America raised awareness and funds for Susan G. Komen

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October was the month of the woman at Life Care Centers of America’s corporate office. During Breast Cancer month, the Wellness Committee hosted a few unique and fun ways to bring awareness to breast cancer, all while raising money for the cure and prevention.

Associates raised a grand total of $5,365.10 through dress-down days, the Great Duck Pluck, the annual Chili Cook-Off, and personal donations...

Life Care Center of Lawrenceville hosts surprise meals for staff

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On Aug. 10, 2018, Life Care Center of Lawrenceville, Georgia, provided a surprise breakfast and dinner for associates.

The facility had just rolled out using PointClickCare’s electronic health records system during the week, and the management team felt the staff deserved a special thank-you for learning the new system...

Evergreen Nursing Home activities assistant sews sensory items

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Anita Adcock, activities assistant, is always on the hunt for treasures for our residents at Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado.

It is not uncommon for her to return to work on Monday with an armload of goodies from garage sales and thrift stores to help her teammates provide a wide range of activities and new experiences for our residents...

Life Care of North Glendale provides school supplies to staff’s kids

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Life Care Center of North Glendale, Arizona, runs fundraisers throughout the year to help associates in need.

Before school starts, Ester Gulliford, nursing case manager, coordinates an event specifically for associates with school-age children...

Mi Casa Nursing Center celebrates National Nursing Assistant Week

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From June 14-21, Mi Casa Nursing Center in Mesa, Arizona, celebrated National Nursing Assistant Week.

“We wanted to recognize the backbone of our facility, the CNAs,” said Lora Pedrosa, director of nursing...

Life Care Center of Tullahoma celebrates nurses and aides

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Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennessee, took time to celebrate its nurses and certified nursing assistants during the week of May 12, 2018, with two sit-down meals.

“The response from the nurses and CNAs was one of total gratitude,” said Tammy Isbell, director of business development...

Life Care Center of Morristown celebrates nurses as superheroes

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On May 16, 2018, Life Care Center of Morristown, Tennessee, had a special celebration of its nurses.

Valerie Talley, director of nursing, planned a day full of surprises. Since the National Skilled Nursing Care Week theme that day was superheroes, she came up with hero-themed ways to show appreciation to her staff...

Life Care Center of Hendersonville housekeepers sing for residents

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Residents at Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, have an unusual group of entertainers – three members of the facility’s housekeeping department.

When Keith Rice, Earlene Cullen and Jamie Hamby put down their mops and dusters, they are often picking up a guitar or microphone...

Brookdale fixes breakfast for Life Care of Altamonte Springs team

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On May 23, 2018, the chefs from Brookdale Lake Orienta, an assisted living facility in Altamonte Springs, Florida, honored members of the leadership team at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs by cooking breakfast for them.

The special breakfast included eggs with cheese, biscuits and gravy, bacon, fruit and pastries....

Garden Terrace Healthcare Center staff bands together to find lost dog

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“Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?”

This was recently the situation at Garden Terrace Healthcare Center in Federal Way, Washington, which is undergoing renovations. A resident’s husband brought their dog, Snickers, to visit his wife every day....

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – January 2018

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Margie Wrestler, a part-time licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Farmington, New Mexico, helped a resident travel to see her sick sister in North Carolina. Wrestler purchased two plane tickets – one for the resident and one for her son.

Life Care Center of New Market hosts chili cook-off for cancer

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On Feb. 21, 2018, Life Care Center of New Market, Virginia, hosted its fifth annual chili cook-off to raise money for cancer.

Associates entered homemade chili, and judges chose winners. Each chili and cornbread meal was $3. Residents and associates were able to taste the various chili flavors and choose their favorite chili to eat for lunch....

Life Care Center of Acton hosts murder mystery dinner

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On Jan. 25, 2018, Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts, hosted a murder mystery dinner.

The facility teamed up with sister facility Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts, for a Midnight at the Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner event....

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – December 2017

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Joyce Jones, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Haltom, Texas, bought Christmas hats for her fellow associates and for the residents to wear throughout the season, which added to the Christmas cheer. “She is a great team player and is always willing to help residents who are not even a part of her daily assignment,” read her nomination....

Mayfair Village Nursing Care Center therapist publishes meta-analysis

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Emily Thorpe, a physical therapist at Mayfair Village Nursing Care Center in Columbus, Ohio, recently had a review published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

The article, “Outcome Measure Scores Predict Discharge Destination in Patients with Acute and Subacute Stroke: A Systematic Review and Series of Meta-analyses” appeared in the January 2018 issue....

Life Care announces 2017 Steps Contest winners

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On Jan. 29, 2018, Life Care Centers of America announced the winners of its 2017 Steps Contest.

Life Care sponsors an annual wellness program in which associates in every skilled nursing and rehab center, as well as its corporate offices and affiliated Century Park independent living and assisted living communities, are encouraged to develop and track healthy habits....

Life Care Center of Florissant holds skills fair

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On Oct. 31, 2017, associates at Life Care Center of Florissant, Missouri, were having a good time with a Skills Day fair.

All associates were able to learn, laugh and enjoy themselves....

Life Care offers Accelerated Care Plus continuing education

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On Nov. 28-29, 2017, Life Care Centers of America’s corporate offices hosted two days of continuing education classes through Accelerated Care Plus.

More than 50 therapists from Life Care’s Cumberland Region attended sessions on one or both days. ACP representatives Kelly Contreras and Amy Hobbs provided six hours of education each day in five modules...

Life Care Center of East Ridge supports associate through loss

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The team at Life Care Center of East Ridge, Tennessee, recently rallied around one of their own associates during a time of great need and grief.

“Everyone at Life Care Center of East Ridge has been a huge blessing to me from day one of working here,” said Melissa Correll, food services director. “The dream team has really outdone themselves and been true angels.”...

Life Care Center of Columbia decks the halls for Christmas

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Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, was the site of a little friendly competition for Christmas 2017.

“We just wanted to make it like home for the residents, so we challenged the other hall to a contest to see which hall could be the most festive for the holidays,” said Shelly Kuchinka, unit manager for the Oaks hall....

Life Care Center of Aurora team rescues lost child

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This is not a story of one at the time of need but many, a team coming together to care for and protect a small 3-year-old boy who was found in a street of traffic in front of Life Care Center of Aurora, Colorado.

On Nov. 20, 2017, as Bruce Schmidt, maintenance director, was coming into the facility, he stopped to pick up a box that was discarded in the entrance. What he saw next was a miracle....

Alderwood Manor creates fun rehab-themed Christmas tree

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This 2017 holiday season, the rehabilitation team at Alderwood Manor in Spokane, Washington, took Christmas decorating to a whole new level.

The activities and housekeeping directors set up a pre-lit Christmas tree in the rehab gym with plans to decorate it in its holiday finest....

Life Care Center of Blount County helps PT get to funeral overseas

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Lorelie Katigbak, a physical therapist at Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, is one of a few therapists Life Care brought to the United States from the Philippines in 2012 and hired full time in 2014....

Payson Care Center social worker involved in veteran salutes

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Lois Atkin is the director of social services at Payson Care Center in Payson, Arizona.

Atkin was a medical social worker for hospice for 12 years and says she was proud to have served the community. She has played the violin since she was 7 years old...