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 January 2016 winners:


Sheila Mayes, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, ordered decorative pillows for the sitting area at her own expense. One of them says, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray.” This is a song Mayes often sings to a resident on her unit. Mayes is also known to bring in baked goods and fudge to share with residents and associates.


Kathy Handy, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Westlake, Ohio, extended an invitation to residents who were on a Christmas-light viewing trip. She knew they would be looking at lights near her house, so she invited them to stop by. She and her husband and daughter made cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider and brought it out to the bus. She and her family talked to the residents about their display and how long it took them to put the lights up, which made the outing that much more special.


Walter Moore, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee, helped during January’s heavy snowfall by picking up associates who could not drive their own vehicles to the facility. He did all this in addition to completing his own duties, and he provided rides to associates even on his day off.