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The Highlands takes part in 4th of July Parade

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Once again, The Highlands in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Life Care Center of Leominster, Massachusetts, participated in the city of Fitchburg’s 4th of July parade. 

Thousands of people lined Main Street as 24 floats paraded down in various themes. The main theme this year was Popular American Landmarks...

Life Care corporate associates Live United for Day of Action 2019

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Thirty-seven associates from Life Care’s corporate offices took a morning to serve the Cleveland, Tennessee, community on July 19, 2019.

The event? The United Way of the Ocoee Region’s annual Day of Action, in which businesses throughout the community send volunteers to help some of the organizations United Way serves...

Green Valley Care Center residents play Senior Games

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Every year, skilled nursing facilities in the New Albany, Indiana, area, get together for Senior Games, an Olympic-style competition with a variety of contests.

Residents at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany always look forward to participating. This year, when the facility bus was in the shop for repairs, the activity department wasn’t going to let that keep the residents from having a fun Senior Games experience...

Life Care Center of Elizabethton hosts Movie Night

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Residents, associates, family members and community members enjoyed a free Movie Night at Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, on July 19, 2019.

The event took place outside with an inflatable outdoor movie screen. The feature was “The Secret Life of Pets.” ...

Life Care of Valparaiso celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week

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Residents and associates at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, had an exciting time during National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2019, held May 12 – 18.

The facility began the week with a Mother’s Day tea, in which family members joined residents for fruit, veggies, butter cookies, pastries, lemonade and iced tea...

Parish donates rosaries to Life Care Center of Leominster residents

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Two years ago, Rev. Pamela Reidy, chaplain at Life Care Center of Leominster, Massachusetts, asked St. Leo’s Parish, which ministers to the facility’s Catholics, if the church would run an ad in its church bulletin requesting used rosary beads...

Therapy dog shows 7 years of paw-fect love at Green Valley Care Center

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By Lori Jones

In 2008, when I was going through radiation treatments for cancer, I decided that a dog would be a good distraction for me.

My husband and I went to a local pet store on Feb. 14, during its annual Adoption Weekend. There was Davinci, sitting quietly in his cage, along with about 40 other dogs...

Western Hills Health Care Center hosts Travel the World event

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Twice a year, the 11 Life Care and two Century Park facilities in the Denver metropolitan area come together for a collaborative event. The location of the event rotates through the facilities, and always consists of associates from each building setting up a table and handing out gifts that match a theme. Residents, associates and community members all enjoy exploring the theme and meeting new people.

This year, Western Hills Health Care Center hosted a Travel the World event...

Life Care Center of Lawrenceville celebrates Skilled Nursing Care Week

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From May 12-18, 2019, Life Care Center of Lawrenceville, Georgia, celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

“We showcased how we achieve happy minds and healthy souls,” said Taishia Rice, activity director.

Themes and activities for the week included Motown Monday with a Soul Train Parade...

Life Care of Brookfield supports those affected by local flooding

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When associates at Life Care Center of Brookfield, Missouri, saw the devastation caused by flooding in Brunswick, Missouri, they decided to step up and help.

Associates organized a week-long drive in the community to collect cleaning supplies, paper products, water, Gatorade and personal products for those displaced. Together, they filled a van and a pickup truck with the donations...

Life Care Center of Orlando honors first responders

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On May 29, 2019, Life Care Center of Orlando, Florida, invited first responders from around the area to enjoy a hot breakfast in thanks for their service to the community.

Alex Torres, culinary director at the facility, served pastries and fruit, as well as fresh waffles with all the toppings. Representatives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and other local police showed up...

The Highlands honors first responders for EMS Week

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In honor of EMS week, held May 19-25, 2019, MaryAnn Melanson, director of admissions and marketing for The Highlands in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, delivered ice cream treats to local first responders.

Melanson visited three local fire departments and MedStar Ambulance Service on May 24...

Rivergate Complex hosts second annual barbecue for Riverview employees

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On June 5, 2019, Rivergate Complex, a skilled nursing and rehab campus in Riverview, Michigan, hosted its second annual barbecue for employees of the city.

Associates of Rivergate Terrace and Rivergate Health Care Center, which together make up the complex, put the barbecue together in order to thank Riverview’s hardworking employees...

Lifetime movie producers use Life Care Center of Auburn during latest filming

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On May 6, 2019, residents and associates at Life Care Center of Auburn, Massachusetts, were starstruck and full of excitement.

Lifetime, a TV network that produces its own films, used Life Care Center of Auburn to help film its newest Christmas movie...

Life Care Center of Wilbraham renames café after longtime volunteers

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Robert and Edna Buckley volunteered at Life Care Center of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, for many years, and now the facility has a space dedicated in their honor.

Associates renamed the facility café Buckley’s Corner and dedicated it to the faithful couple during a volunteer luncheon on April 11, 2019. Though they have passed away, their daughter, Elaine Rabbitt, came in from out of town to attend...

Rivergate Health Care Center hosts 13th annual Bring Your Kids to Work Day

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On April 25, 2019, associates of Rivergate Health Care Center in Riverview, Michigan, excitedly welcomed their children into the facility to teach them about a variety of important jobs, to let them interact with residents and to lead them through fun activities...

Life Care of Grandview celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week

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Residents and associates lived soulfully at Life Care Center of Grandview, Missouri, during National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2019 – May 12-18. 

The facility had a full week of activities for everyone, thanks to the efforts of Veleatha Wood-Bennett, activity director, and her team. Bennett has been at the facility for 22 years...

Valley View Villa hosts Mother’s Day tea

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On May 10, 2019, Valley View Villa in Fort Morgan, Colorado, hosted a Mother’s Day tea for its residents and their families.

The dining room was filled with 48 people, and the tables were decorated with flowers and with teacups associates found at antique stores and from their personal collections...

Life Care Center of Colorado Springs food drive collects 535 pounds

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In honor of National Nutrition Month, Life Care Center of Colorado Springs, Colorado, hosted a food drive throughout the month of March to benefit five local in-need facilities.

Cachet Hampton, dietitian, coordinated the efforts among the departments, and the drive ran for the whole month. At the end, the facility had collected 535 pounds of nonperishable food and water cases...

Life Care Center of Crossville celebrates 10th anniversary

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Life Care Center of Crossville, Tennessee, held an open house on May 15, 2019, in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Approximately 75 guests attended during the two-hour celebration. The facility provided a coffee and dessert bar, and Melissa Ellis performed live music...

Kids hunt for Easter eggs at Garden Terrace at Overland Park

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Multiple generations gathered together at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, on April 13, 2019, for the facility’s Easter egg hunt.

Children in attendance represented the families of residents and associates, and they hunted for plastic Easter eggs on the facility’s lawn...

Rehab reunion brings camaraderie at Life Care Center of Haltom

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On March 29, 2019, Life Care Center of Haltom in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted a rehab reunion.

The facility welcomed eight former patients who had successfully completed their inpatient rehabilitation programs. Phoebe Picazo and AJ Russell from the activity department put on a special program for these guests of honor...

Life Care Center of Palm Bay honors volunteers

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On April 10, 2019, Life Care Center of Palm Bay, Florida, honored its volunteers with a party.

Quite a few of the center’s dedicated volunteers attended, greeted by Will Tarbet, executive director, and other associates. They enjoyed an extravagant afternoon buffet created by Michael Hambel, dietary manager, and Nancy Riker, assistant food services director...

Life Care Center of Greeneville celebrates Mardi Gras in style

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On March 5, 2019, residents at Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee, had a blast learning about and being involved in the traditions of Mardi Gras.

Residents were engaged in a “Did Ya Know?” activity, answering interesting trivia questions about the traditions of the festival. They also wore the green, yellow and purple masks popular on this holiday...

World Series trophy stops at The Highlands on Opening Day

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The Highlands in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, hosted a Red Sox Day on MLB’s Opening Day, March 28, 2019, with the World Series trophy as the guest of honor!

“The residents were eagerly waiting for the arrival of the trophy in our main living room,” said MaryAnn Melanson, admissions and marketing director...