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Westmoreland, Tenn. – Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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There is no other feeling like the one you have when you get a new car. That is exactly what it was like for our Elders as we waited for their new ride. As we sat out front with our balloons, pompoms, and posters, the anticipation in the air was palpable. When the bus rolled up, people started pouring out of our home, shouting and snapping pictures. The poor delivery lady must have thought we were nuts! She barely had enough time to get out before we were loading people on.

The joy on the faces of our Elders as we loaded anyone who wanted to get onboard and have a look inside reminded me of why I get up and come to work every day. To see and hear the reactions almost brought me to tears. To have Elders in wheelchairs realize that they won’t have such a long wait between outings, because we can now take 4 wheelchairs instead of 1 was awesome! I will never forget the glow on James Massingille’s face as we loaded him inside and I asked, “Well James, what do you think?” and his reply was, “I love it!”

In those rare times when we stop counting the cost and just soak up the priceless moments, that is when we come to realize what life is all about. This was a truly blessed day at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center and we are so very thankful.

All I can say is, “LOOK OUT WORLD, HERE WE COME!”

When we think of the 4th of July, most people think of cookouts and the gathering of family and friends. That is exactly what we hope to bring to Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center every year as we plan our annual 4th of July Celebration. This event offers families, friends and the community an opportunity to come out and have some fun with Elders who have been a part of this community and nearby communities their entire lives.

This year’s 4th of July Celebration offered something for everyone. We had live music in our Common Area provided by local musicians; Lyle Cook, Herman Hardin, Jimmy Brawner and Charlie Cook. We snacked on cookies, popcorn and snow cones and there were grilled hotdogs, chips and drinks for everyone.  (Thanks to Rick McClure, Grill Master Extraordinaire!) The kids played games, won prizes, rode the miniature train and went on a hayride provided by members of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce. The Cake Walk was a big hit with Elders and Guests alike. Our Silent and Live Auctions provided some great deals and aided in support of many future activities and outings, including our annual Elder Vacation – an all-expenses-paid vacation for two Elders to a location of their choice; a choice that no other Long-Term Care organization in the country offers to its Elders. The highlight of the night was a beautiful fireworks display. Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and participated, we couldn’t do it without you!

Over the last 4 years, Camp Signature has become an integral part of the culture here at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center. For the months of June and July, family members and guests expect to see children interacting with our Elders on a daily basis. The Elders get used to the children being here and when the summer is over, they want to know when they will be coming back.

When we started the Camp Signature program, I thought that we had to be crazy to even attempt such an undertaking. But the truth is, it works. We have upwards of 100 Elders in our home, and over the years, summer camp enrollment has grown to almost 50 children. Most of them continue to come back year after year and spend their summer vacation with us. For some, it is a chance to have Grandparents or Great Grandparents that they get to visit with a few days a week. For others, it is coming to visit with friends who have been in their lives for as long as they can remember. For all, it is a time to grow and learn from the wisdom that you can only get from someone who has lived 70, 80, or 90 years.

The end of July will be bittersweet. We will miss seeing those still sleepy, smiling faces in the morning, but we know that it will be just a few short months until they are back again.

The Eden Alternative International Conference was held in Nashville in Early May 2014 and 6 Elders from Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center were invited to participate in the Building Bridges program. The Elders were happy to be invited, but began to get really excited when the pictures of the college students that they would be working with started coming in. When the Elders got to put faces with the names, they began to talk about them like they had already met! You can imagine how it was when they finally met face-to-face.

The Building Bridges Program was an excellent opportunity for our Elders to get out and interact with a different generation. It was also a great way for the college students to learn more about the Elders lives and how intergenerational interaction is critical to the human life. During the three day International Conference, the Elders and college students worked together to make a story board of the Elders life. The board included older and more recent pictures that most represented the Elders lives.  It was a real life lesson in that no matter what age a person is, they still have hopes and dreams and are still able to contribute in a meaningful way.

The Elders who participated in the program plan to stay in contact with the students that they worked with and look forward to them visiting their home here at Westmoreland very soon.

We had a great time in Vegas and never had to leave home! We had a Black Jack Table, A Roulette Wheel, A Tattoo Parlor and a Talent Show Extravaganza. We played for Bingo Bucks and had a few High Rollers in the house. Blanche Carter has been telling us for years that she is going to get a tattoo and today she did! Viva Las Vegas!

One Wednesday morning in early June, Jackie Burdett, our Medical Records Director came to me and said that she had been issued a Cold Water Challenge on Facebook. I had no idea what she was talking about. She explained it to me and then she said, “I challenged everyone from here to come on Friday afternoon and do the Cold Water Challenge and donate to the Elders Vacation Fund.” When Friday afternoon came, I was surprised at the number of people who came to support our Elders. We ended up spending about an hour on the Cold Water Challenge and Jackie and her Facebook friends raised an amazing amount of money for our Vacation Fund. Thank You to everyone who participated! Donna Loftis, QOL Director

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Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to announce Chiara Bandy as Stakeholder of the month for June. Chiara works as a Certified Nurse Assistant and has been with the company for a year and a half. Chiara recently bought a house and has been busy when not at work, remolding and fixing it up to her taste. She is engaged to be married to Josh Simons next year on June 29th. In her spare time, Chiara enjoys reading, swimming and enjoying the warm summer months as well as planning her wedding. She also enjoys spending time with her family. The love she has for our elders is exemplified daily. She always has a smile on her face and is willing and ready to assist our elders wherever she is needed. She has recently received Certified Nurse Assistant of the month voted by the elders of this facility. We are proud to have Chiara on our team.

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May 6th to May 12th was National Nurses week.  During this week our Senior Chaplain Army takes time to pray for our Nurses.  This event is call ”The Blessing of Hands.” As the following scripture reminds us, God intended for the eElders of the church, home, etc. to pray for over the sick.

James 5:13-15  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him  sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,  anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And  if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

During “The Blessing of the Hands” we ask the Elders of our Senior Chaplain Army to pray over the hands of our nurses that take care of the frail and sick.

Nurses are often some of the most caring people that we are around.  It is a beautiful thing to witness when a nurse or another medical professional truly cares and serves a person with great physical needs.  Everyday we  personally witnessed many caring nurses that have gone beyond what is required in their job descriptions to care for others.

We are proud of the nurses and other medical staff that show everyday as a beautiful picture of being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to those in need.

Good Friday occurred on April 18, 2014.  During the morning worship service our Stakeholders and Elders participated in Holy Communion.  This is always a special time of year for our home.  Spirituality is one of the most important aspects of our Elders lives.  Participation in Holy Communion gives them an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice made by their savior. 

During Holy Week we acknowledge each Stakeholder and Elder’s specific beliefs to ensure everyone’s spiritual need is met.  This is an example of one of the Pillars that Signature Healthcare if founded on.  We understand that Spirituality is part of the holistic healing process for our Elders.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 was an exceptional day to host the 2014 Inter-Faith National Day of Prayer Celebration.  This is an annual event for the Elders at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation to invite the community as well as Stakeholders to reflect on the importance of praying for our local community, government officials, and the United States of America.  We were honored to have the following local pastors:  Pastor Duane Garner, Pastor Terrance Davis, and Pastor John Racioppa, the following Government Officials:  TN State House of Representative William Lamberth, Mayor of Westmoreland Mike Carter, and Councilman Mike Akins.  In addition to the pastors and government leaders the following members of our Senior Chaplain Core were participated in the celebration Martha Middendorf, Annie Carter, and Gene Tucker.

This celebration reminds us to take time to pray for our President, members of Congress, the Senate and other elected officials.  As the Evangelist Billy Graham shared “It is a great privilege, as well as our responsibility, to pray for our government leaders.”   Each pastor, government leader, and Senior Chaplain member, shared a powerful prayer that raised up our officials locally and globally that they will seek God’s direction in overseeing this city, county, state, United States, and the world.  Upon completion of the celebration our Stakeholders and Elders released balloons with various scriptures in anticipation of the recipient being blessed.

Each Signature building held a similar service coordinated at the same time and day along with our corporate office.  To see more information on this event you can go to the following our Spirituality Blog and read the VP of Spirituality’s speech.  http://blogs.ltcrevolution.com/spirituality/2014/05/01/national-day-of-prayer-may-1-2014-in-defiance-of-suffering-by-dianne-h-timmering/