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 August 2019 winners:
Josie Coleman, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Leominster, Massachusetts, shared her joy of blueberry season with residents with an outing to the Blueberry Farm. The outing took place during the Blueberry Farm’s 60th anniversary, so Coleman made a wreath to honor the farm from Life Care Center of Leominster. Coleman made collages of pictures from the outing and made the residents fresh blueberry cake and blueberry sauce. Everyone at the facility appreciates Coleman’s attention to detail and planning skills!
Joann Rodriguez, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was excited to find out the facility would be getting a Korean-speaking resident. When the new resident arrived, Rodriguez made sure her mom, who is also Korean, was there to give the new resident a proper Korean greeting. Since then, Rodriguez has gone to great lengths to make sure the new resident is able to communicate with non-Korean speaking people at the facility.
“Rodriguez is amazing. She has taken time to make sure the resident can effectively communicate. She even took the time to make a picture board to make interactions easier,” said Shea Dorsey, admissions director.
Donnie Vincent, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Lewiston, Indiana, made a resident’s dream come true when she arranged for the resident’s favorite local newscaster to come and visit her. The resident gave the newscaster a necklace, and Vincent took pictures of the encounter.
“Vincent is constantly going above and beyond for residents. She always has a positive attitude; she’s reliable and a team player,” said Chelsea Briggs, social services director.