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 2015 winners:
Tashya Wallace, activities assistant at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Boise, Idaho, filled in as the activity director for several months while the director was out on maternity leave, even though she had never led a department before. In August, when wildfires burning in the area made the air quality hazardous, Wallace decided to cancel the residents’ trip to the county fair. Instead of shrugging her shoulders, she created her own fair experience inside the facility on short notice. She went out and purchased games and food, and the event received rave reviews from the residents.
Kathy Corsaut, physical therapist assistant at Life Care Center of Palm Bay, Florida, asked a patient who was given two months to live what he wanted to do before he passed away. He said he would like to go to the beach one last time. Although the patient had returned home to be with his family, Corsaut and her daughter picked him up from his house and took him to the beach. She didn’t stop there, either. She followed the trip by making him dinner at her own home.
Teresa Frye, a registered nurse at Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care in Rutledge, Tennessee, noticed that a resident with dementia seemed anxious and was calling out to God for help. When her attempts at calming and consoling the resident didn’t work, she contacted her husband, who is a minister. Frye, her husband and their children gathered for an impromptu church service just for the resident, though other residents could also attend. The singing and preaching helped calm the resident down and made her feel at peace again.