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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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Diane Black, U.S. Representative for the 6th District of Tennessee, recently sent a letter to Westmoreland Care & Rehab congratulating the facility for being named among U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Nursing Homes.’ Read the letter below (click image to enlarge)…

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Westmoreland Care and Rehab is proud to announce Dori Stone as the Stakeholder of the month for April. She has been employed in our environmental services department for a year.

Dori is originally from Wisconsin, she and her husband currently live in Bethpage. They have two children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Dori enjoys spending time working in her garden during the summer months and growing beautiful flowers. She is excited to work with our Elders when they break ground for our garden. You can tell Dori loves animals by the way the helps with the facility pet Rowdy.

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Westmoreland Care and Rehab is pleased to announce Michelle Boren as our March stakeholder of the month. Michelle is a Certified Nurse Assistant and has been at this facility since January 2012. Michelle is a caring and compassionate CNA who loves the elders that she cares for and that love is exemplified daily.

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Signature HealthCARE recently introduced the “Sacred Six,” a set of core service values that will help us continue to drive or mission and vision for the revolution. These are the six values our frontline caregivers, who carry out the revolution three feet from the bedside, think are the most important attributes we, as a company, should embody every day. They are: Compassion, Integrity, Positivity, Respect, Teamwork and Patience. These attributes will be introduced one per month, company wide, for the next 6 months.

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The minutes fly by, the days go by, and we forget about the moments in life that bring joy and happiness to our life. This is what makes Valentine’s Day so special. It’s a chance to spend time with your loved ones and show affection for them.

Every day should be a chance to spend time with your loved ones and show affection, but if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s usually not. At Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center, we worked hard to make sure Valentine’s Day was a special day for everyone.

We began February with lots of fun crafts and activities themed around love leading up to the big day. Quickly, Valentine’s Day came and love was in the air. We provided three couples in our home with a special dinner. We transformed our activity room into a romantic room for a candlelight dinner with table sets, roses, music and much more!

Each couple was formally invited to attend the candlelight dinner. All accepted, and were asked to dress up for the occasion. The couples were seated to wait in a waiting area with a dinner menu and reading of Corinthians 13:4-7, “ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

One by one each couple was escorted into the activity room where a delicious meal of fresh garden salad, homemade spaghetti, garlic bread, choice of wine or sparkling cider with a homemade red velvet Valentine’s Day cake for dessert was prepared! The couples were seated and served by the candlelight. During the meal each couple was asked to share the secret of marriage, the secret of being together, and the secret of love and happiness.

Carl and Barbara Perry, who have been married for 54 years, laughed as Barbara said, “The best thing to do is go ahead and kill each other before you get started!”

Charles Carver and Betty Paul, who have been together for 22 years, said, “You have to be patient, you can’t lose your temper, you have to talk about everything and be open with each other always.”

Rollon Gass and Pam Hopkins, who have been together almost a year, said, “You have to give a little and take a little. Be happy, love and cherish one another.”

After dinner the couples participated in a couples photo shoot.

Valentine’s Day was a nice opportunity for staff at Westmoreland Care & Rehab to honor our couples, and to share love for everyone with candy, balloons and various other special gifts throughout the day.

– Kelsey Borders, Quality of Life Director

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Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to recognize Bobby Spears as our February Stakeholder of the Month.
Bobby works part time in our Plant Operations and Maintenance Department and has been with our facility since December 12, 2012. Bobby always has a smile on his face and is willing to assist with anything in the facility. If an Elder asks Bobby to do something for them, such as hanging pictures of grandchildren or family pictures, putting up bird houses or birdfeeders outside their windows and keeping the feeders full of food, he gets right on it, and it makes his day to be able to serve our Elders. Bobby was instrumental in planning and building a gazebo for our Elders and stakeholders to use. He also led a group that built a dog house for Rowdy, the facility dog. He is currently working with the Elders to build a dollhouse for the children during our summer camp.

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Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to recognize Johnnie Gardner as our January Stakeholder of the Month.
Johnnie has been a Licensed Practical Nurse at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center since October 1998. She is a caring and sincere nurse who loves the Elders that she cares for and that love is reciprocal! She was selected as Nurse of the Month by the Elders during the Elder Council meeting!

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Did you know there are only 1,440 minutes in a day?

I know that sounds like a lot of time, and you’re probably asking yourself, “Where does the time go?” When you think about a regular day, most people spend over half of their time working, commuting, eating and sleeping. Now, think about how much of your regular day would change if you lived in a nursing home.

Elders in a long-term care facility spend little to no time doing the things most of us are accustomed to: preparing meals, working, maintaining a home, or caring for others. The activities that once occupied their time are now gone. At Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center we strive daily to provide our Elders with meaningful activities.

In our efforts to change the culture of long-term care, we adopted the Eden Alternative. The Eden Alternative is a complete, principle-centered philosophy for culture change. The Eden philosophy’s sixth principle states, “Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.”

We design and implement a monthly calendar full of activities, but what good are those activities if they have no meaning for our Elders? In other words, quantity does not always equal quality. If we provide a calendar full of meaningless activities, we have wasted our time. Instead, we are working hard to provide a monthly calendar that is full of meaningful activities.

In getting to know our Elders, we discovered the urgency that most shared in wanting to work. Both men and women in our home expressed their desire to be a contributor to their home. We began brainstorming ideas with our Elders and decided to create a group for both men and women to work. Unanimously our women wanted to cook, while our men wanted to work outside. So, we found a way for them to do it!

Our ladies group is now cooking and baking weekly. We now celebrate each person’s birthday individually in our home with a cake baked by our ladies group. The Elders prefer the home baked cake as opposed to buying a cake from a grocery store. We also have weekly fundraisers, selling things they choose to cook such as beans and cornbread, baked goods, and even fried pies. It has been a huge success!

Our men’s group is tackling one “fix-it task” at a time in our home. They recently built a doghouse for our dog, Rowdy, and are now working on a dollhouse for children that attend Camp Signature. They have picked up other small projects in our home such as painting and changing light bulbs.

Ensuring that our nursing home is a home for our Elders, instead of just a facility, will be a journey. We realize we have a long road ahead of us, but we are so excited about the impact it will make on the lives of our Elders.

– Kelsey Borders, LPN, Quality of Life Director