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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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WCRC Reflect Winner

 

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Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center will be hosting a Community Yard Sale On Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 7 AM to 3 PM.

We are now renting parking spaces in our parking lot 2 spaces for $25.00. Space rental available until Friday, August 29, 2014 or until we run out of spaces.

For more information Please contact Donna Loftis at 615-644-5111. All proceeds to benefit Resident Activities Fund!

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Reflect N Us Art Gallery and Competition is a great way for us, as Long Term Care providers to acknowledge and honor the individual talents of our elders. This year, Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center had 16 entries from several different elders in the annual competition. We had entries in multiple categories and had two elders won with their artwork.

For the second year in a row, Gloria Lamar won in the graphite pencil category. This year’s entry was entitled “Self Portrait” and was entered alongside 22 other entries. Before the accident that left her unable to use her gifts, Gloria was a very talented artist, illustrator, singer, and writer. It is a true blessing for us to be able to show her artwork in our home, but it is an even greater blessing to be able to share it with the world.

PJ Maxey also entered two photographs in the competition and his “Rock Star Lilies” photograph was the Overall Grand Champion, garnering the highest number of votes among over 620 entries. PJ always liked to take pictures and share his memories with others. He had never considered taking photographs for a competition before this one. There were originally six photographs that he considered, but he eventually settled on two for the competition. Sadly, PJ passed away just over two weeks before the winners were announced.

Others from Westmoreland Care and Rehab who participated were Eunice Borders, Jewell Calvert, Jewel Cothron, Mary Davis, Dennie Frye, Rollon Gass, Velva Marsh, Faye Troutt, Eveline West, Ruth Woodard, and several children from Camp Signature who participated in the “Handprints of Love” Group Art project.

We proudly display the artwork of many of the elders who live or have lived at Westmoreland Care and Rehab and we invite you to come by sometime and take a look.

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Westmoreland Care and Rehab is pleased to announce Kevin Denny as our Stakeholder of the month for August.

Kevin is an occupational therapy assistant and works in the therapy department. Kevin has worked for Westmoreland Care and Rehab ten years and has been an occupational therapy assistant for twenty years. His passion for the elders is demonstrated daily. The elders and staff love it when Kevin gets his guitar to play and sing for them. Every Friday, Kevin has an exercise group in the sitting area where he plays his guitar and together the staff and the elders sing and exercise. Kevin is a talented singer/songwriter. He has written many songs while working here.

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Have you ever seen Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, or David Ortiz hit a home run? In his lifetime, Michael Stone has seen all three. He remembers what it was like to sit in Fenway and watch the greats of the game take their turn at bat. And now, he has new memories of Fenway Park and an awesome game that went 10 innings and made Red Sox history with David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hitting back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game, two to one over the Minnesota Twins.

The excitement that I could feel emanating from him in the days leading up to Signature’s Boston Vacation was amazing. He talked about all of the places that he loved and wished he was still living in that Northeastern city that he was so fond of. Michael told me stories of his life in Boston when he was young and about attending Boston University for a short time. While in Boston, Michael was able to have breakfast with a cousin that he hadn’t seen in 25 years.  To have the opportunity to go on vacation was awesome, but for Michael, it was more than a vacation–it was like going home.

More photos and stories from Michael’s Boston Vacation are coming soon!

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 four wheelchairs instead of one 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 four 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 six 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 elder’s 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!