Life is filled with an array of highs and lows, successes and disappointments, happiness and sadness.
Each week, Life Care President Beecher Hunter shares a message of hope, encouragement, and celebration of our blessings to those in the Life Care family and for the public at large.
The themes emphasize that true joy arises from obedience to God and is best measured through service to others.
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 2016 winners.
Marion McDougall began therapy at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, on Feb. 11, 2016.
McDougall underwent a total knee replacement at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso, causing limited mobility.
On May 8, 2016, Life Care Centers of Valparaiso, Indiana, held a Mother’s Day Tea.
Residents and their families were invited for snacks and refreshments in the facility’s dining room. These included finger sandwiches, assorted desserts, coffee, tea and lemonade.
In honor of Heart Health Month, Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, hosted a Healthy Heart event for the community.
Approximately 30 community members, mostly seniors, attended and enjoyed a catered breakfast of spinach and roasted tomato mini-quiche, turkey bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits and blueberry muffins.
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.
On April 28, 2015, Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, threw a surprise party for Joyce Bolin, a local senior retiring from leadership of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Associates decorated the dining room and brought out balloons, cake and gifts during the center’s monthly SOS (Serving Our Seniors) breakfast.
Each year, Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, partners with Rittenhouse Assisted Living down the road to offer a special luncheon for volunteers.
On April 16, 2015, approximately 30 volunteers gathered at Rittenhouse for the luncheon. Life Care Center of Valparaiso provided small thank-you gifts of tote bags with matching water bottles for all volunteers.
On Nov. 3, 2014, Marilee Lepell, a resident at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, enjoyed watching her grandson graduate from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois.
Lepell didn’t have to travel out of state, however – she was able to watch the ceremony live via a laptop her daughter brought in for the occasion.