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 March 2017 winners:
Terry Severs, nurse at Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer, Indiana, read over the history of a resident who was somewhat agitated. Severs learned the resident used to own a dress shop, so she put together baby clothes, a tabletop closet system and a basket for the resident. The resident is now able to fold and hang items, which puts a smile on her face.
Elijah Lubin, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Florida, brought his Nintendo Wii to give to a young resident who didn’t want to join activities. The games helped the resident stay active and keep his mind busy. Lubin also takes time to sit and chat with confused residents to calm them and picks up shifts when help is needed.
Amy Battles-Borkowski, occupational therapist at Evergreen House Health Center in East Providence, Rhode Island, took her own time and supplies to make sensory books for residents with dementia. Residents use their hands to feel the material and interact with the book on a tactile level while reading. Each book is individualized for each person’s interests.