January 2017 Stakeholder of the Month

Barbara Travelstead

Westmoreland Care and Rehab is pleased to announce Barbara Travelstead as our stakeholder of the month for January. Barbara works in environmental services has been at Westmoreland Care and Rehab for 12 years.

Barbara is a compassionate and dedicated worker. She states, “I enjoy getting up and coming to work and being with our elders.” Barbara is quick to do what is needed to ensure the elders rooms are clean and well kept. She is also glad to assist the elders with needed requests.

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Stakeholder of the Month

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Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce Amanda Sullivan as our Stakeholder of the month.

Amanda is a certified nurse assistant. She began her career here at Westmoreland Care and Rehab in our certified nurse assistant class in 2004. Amanda goes above and beyond to care for our elders and she is loved by everyone she cares for. Amanda is a dedicated team player and is willing to help a co-worker or train a new stakeholder. Amanda is loyal and dependable and takes pride in setting goals and completing her goals.

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Back to School Ibasho Bash

Signature Healthcare has created an amazing intergenerational program with our summer kid’s camps. As our camp came to end this summer, we wanted to do a fun and special activity with the campers, elders, and staff members. The program is beneficial for the children, elders, stakeholders, and the overall culture change of our communities.

This year at Westmoreland Care and Rehab we gave our elders and campers a unique opportunity to help people over 8,500 miles away from our hometown of Westmoreland, TN! The elders, campers, and staff members made tie dye shirts. We then sold the shirts for $5 dollars each. All money raised will be sent to the Philippines Ibasho Project! Detailed below is the description and purpose of the Ibasho Project. This was an incredible opportunity to teach our children and elders that they are able to help others all around the world!

Purpose of an Ibasho
With the simultaneous rise in the number of elders and in climate-related natural disasters, societies worldwide are facing two critical questions: How can we care for unprecedented numbers of elderly in our society? And how can we reduce the vulnerability of elderly populations affected by disasters and empower them to strengthen resilience? To create an effective response, we need both intelligent policy making and practical solutions emerging from citizen engagement.

Ibasho promotes the value of socially integrating elders and demonstrate the multi-generational social, economic, and environmental benefits of such a community in traditional, developing and modern societies.

Ibasho partners with local organizations and communities to design and create socially integrated and sustainable communities that value their elders. We create a place where elders find the opportunities to contribute to their community members of all ages

In April, 2014, five months after the typhoon Yolanda alit in the Philippines, Ibasho teams and HelpAge-COSE members visited five communities affected by the typhoon, including Barangay Bagong Buhay. The visitors helped assess the communities’ needs and exchanged ideas with local elders about how Ibasho can help elders to develop their livelihood projects that also benefit younger members of community.

Ibasho team chose Barangay Bagong Buhay as the site for an Ibasho project in October 2014 and organized a launching workshop with a group of local elders in January 2015. Since then, elders in Barangay Bagong Buhay have made tremendous progress, with the help of a local Ibasho coordinator, a minimal investment from Ibasho.org, and a donation from the Japanese elders in Ibasho House in Ofunato, Japan. Their efforts have strengthened the social ties of elders in the community, and enhanced visibility of their effort and its positive impacts on making their community a better place by harnessing the elders’ skills and experience to help mend a community traumatized by a natural disaster. The group of elders is slowly changing the perception about the role of elders in the Barangay Bagong Buhay.

Learn more at ibasho.org.

Independence Celebration

This past week at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation we celebrated our country’s independence with our annual Independence Celebration. The weather was rainy, but we still had a great turnout and brought of all our activities inside!

We provided free food and drinks to all families, elders, and guests attending the event. EJ Ryder’s band provided us with live music. We held a huge cake walk in the common area of our facility. Elders, children, and families all participated in the cake walk! Our elders loved being a part of it. Kids played games such as twister, mini golf, coloring/painting activities, and getting their faces painted! The weather cleared by night time and we were able to end the night with an incredible firework show!

Our silent auction had several items for our guests to bid on. Westmoreland Council of the Arts had a photo booth set up in the front lobby. Westmoreland local Hope Clinic provided shirts, prizes, and giveaways throughout the night!

Thanks to everyone who attended or participated in the event! Our Fall Festival will be Thursday October 27th, 2016.

Elder Spotlight: Shirley Starks

Shirley Starks, an elder Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation, is a very special person. Shirley loves living at Westmoreland and attends several activities on a daily basis. Shirley also participates in our Music and Memory Program. Music and Memory is a program designed to provide elders with their own personalized music playlist, iPod, and headphones. Shirley requested all Vince Gill music on her playlist and we were able to provide her with the music she wanted. Listening to Vince Gill is a simple pleasure that makes Shirley happy! One of her favorite Vince Gill Songs is “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Shirley said, “I love listening to my music, it makes me so happy. His voice is so good and I love hearing him sing.” Shirley also likes to watch Vince Gill’s music videos on our new IN2L computer!

Westmoreland Care and Rehab currently has 17 elders participating in Music and Memory, all with their own personalized playlists! We take pride in providing our elders with person directed care! To learn more about Music and Memory click HERE.

Recently, Shirley requested we take her to one of her favorite restaurants in Portland, Tennessee. She wanted to go the 109 Restaurant, so we took Shirley and some other elders. Shirley was so excited to be back at one of her favorite restaurants! Shirley went to the 109 Restaurant every day before coming to Westmoreland Care and Rehab. She was such a regular at the restaurant the restaurant always kept her same seat available each day! Shirley said, “I didn’t think I would ever be able to come back here again when I moved to Westmoreland Care and Rehab.”

During the outing, Shirley told elders and staff about her table, the history of the portraits on the wall, how the food always tasted great, and how she knew the owners of the restaurant. Shirley was so happy and excited to go back to the 109 Restaurant and we are happy to provide Shirley with a person centered activity that makes her feel that much joy!

As an Eden Alternative facility, the focus of our activities and care are based on the elder’s individual needs and preferences. Shirley is just one of many elders at Westmoreland Care and Rehab that we provide with person directed care. The Eden Alternative Principle number six states: “Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.” Westmoreland Care and Rehab has learned during our culture change journey, that person directed care key part to improving the overall quality of life for our elders! For more information on the Eden Alternative please visit http://www.edenalt.org/ .

Employee Spotlight: Julie Wilson

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Along with her husband, Duane, and two small children, Sandy and Nick, Julie moved to middle Tennessee in June of 1998 leaving the snow and cold of New York state behind.

Julie has wanted to become a nurse since she was five-years-old, after seeing her mom die from complications from diabetes. In June of 199,1 she accomplished that dream by becoming an LPN.

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Our Culture Change Journey: “Eden Alternative Leaf Ceremony”

Westmoreland Care and Rehab is an Eden Alternative facility and we take pride in changing the culture of caregiving to a person-directed approach. It takes time, consistency, and dedication of our elders, stakeholders, families, and our community to successfully maintain and change the culture of caregiving. Westmoreland Care and Rehab recently celebrated several of our accomplishments throughout our culture change journey with our 1st Eden Leaf Ceremony. In the front lobby of our community you will find a large tree posted on the wall titled “Our Culture Change Journey” that now has 13 green leaves! The 13 leaves on the tree represent our achievements during our culture change journey.

There were several elders, stakeholders, and children in attendance of our Eden Leaf Ceremony. We celebrated with a whole lot of ice cream! Elders, campers, and stakeholders were able to add the leaves on the tree!

The 13 Culture Leaves we received were:

  • Simple Pleasures
  • Hand In Hand Training
  • Eden Registry
  • Eden Milestone 2
  • Intergenerational
  • Musical Expressions
  • Snack Foods
  • Rhythm of Life
  • Overhead Paging
  • Eden Associate
  • Vacations
  • Elder Council
  • Animal Companionship

Camp Westmoreland: “Kids Making a Difference”

It’s that time of the year again! Tuesday May 31st, 2016 we set off our annual Camp Signature of Westmoreland! The theme of this year’s camp is “Kids Making a Difference.” Camp Westmoreland is an intergenerational program designed to have children and our elders interact on a meaningful level each day. The camp is for staff members’ children. Westmoreland Care and Rehab is an Eden Alternative Community. The Eden Alternative focuses on changing the culture of care in nursing homes. Eden Alternative defines three plagues that occur in nursing homes, which are helplessness, loneliness, and boredom. Camp Westmoreland provides us with a unique way to help fight the three plagues described in the Eden Alternative.

Every morning the campers write a “Daily Vitamin,” which is a short encouraging bible verse to give to elders and staff members. This activity provides a very meaningful interaction between the children and elders. The children hand deliver the Daily Vitamin and read it to the elder or staff member. One child said, “I like giving out the Daily Vitamins, because I like helping and talking to the elders.” One elder was so happy to receive the Daily Vitamin that she said, “I will be hanging this up on my wall!” We give a Daily Vitamin not only to the elders, but to staff as well, because changing the culture of care begins with our staff members.

During camp, the campers will exercise with elders and encourage elders to participate in exercise. Following exercise, we move into our daily prayer group. Directly after the prayer, we use our new technology system “iN2L” and we sing hymns together with lyrics up on our big screen TV. There is something special about hearing the voices of the elders and children singing songs together. We sing songs like “Amazing Grace,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Old Rugged Cross.” The smiles on the faces of the elders watching and singing with the children shows just how important intergenerational activities are when it comes to fighting the three plagues described by the Eden Alternative.

In the afternoons, our campers assist with our “Breathe Life” program at Westmoreland Care and Rehab. Breathe Life is a program directed by our full time respiratory therapy team that focuses on breathing exercises, treatments, and breathing activities for elders with COPD, or those at risk for respiratory issues such as pneumonia. Our campers assist and participate in the Breathe Life activities such as deep breathing, breathe life exercise, and other activities designed by the activity department to provide beneficial breathing exercises for our elders to develop their lung strength.

At the end of the day, we have an activity called “Teaching Tech.” This activity lets our campers use their knowledge of current technology, such as iPads, to teach our elders how to use this type of technology. The campers teach the elders how to play games likememory challenging games, and just how to work the technology. Introducing elders to technology can help us find new ways to keep our elders engaged in activities and find interests they might not have known they even had. We are looking forward to the next two months of Camp Westmoreland!

Westmoreland Care and Rehab is revolutionizing the healthcare industry forever!

Westmoreland Welcomes Debbi Dawes, Transitional Care Nurse

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Transitional Care Nurse Debbie Dawes to the Westmoreland Care and Rehab team.

Debbie is originally from Ohio, but moved to Tennessee when she was 17-years-old. Debbie had always dreamed of becoming a nurse. However, she got married and focused her time on raising her three children for a while. She is now a proud grandmother to seven grandchildren. After her children were grown and raised, her husband encouraged her to follow her dream. In February of 2014, Debbie became a registered nurse (RN) . Prior to becoming a nurse, Debbie spent 13 years working for Shoney’s working in their distribution center. After Shoney’s, she worked for the Catholic Bishop in Gallatin where she was responsible for all aspects of running that office.

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In2L Making a Difference

Westmoreland Care and Rehabiliation recently acquired new technology to enhance our elder’s quality of life. The new program at Westmoreland is called In2L or “It’s Never 2 Late to Learn.” In2L has made a huge impact throughout our community already. For example, we have a morning prayer group at 9:45 AM, which usually consisted of prayer request, a short scripture, and then ended with a prayer. Now, with the use of In2L, we play hymns by Alan Jackson on the big screen TV with the lyrics to every song we song in large bold letters. The elders request hymns that would like to hear and we all sing them together. We have elders participating in prayer groups, who before In2L, never participated in any prayer groups at all. In2L has turned a simple prayer group into a very meaningful and purposeful activity daily for our elders. You can look out in the elders participating the prayer group and see them closing their eyes while singing and raising their hands to the music with smiles on their faces.

In2L has made a huge impact on the quality of life department as well. We now have at our fingertips, thanks to in2L, several fun and engaging activities that can be done spontaneously. Our goal as an Eden Alternative Community is to provide our elders with meaningful, purposeful, and spontaneous activities and In2L provides our community with an excellent resource to provide great activities for our elders.

Not only has In2L improved the spirituality department and quality of life department, but the therapy team also uses In2L during therapy sessions. In2L helps the therapist deliver a much more personalized approach to specific elder’s interest and needs through its wide variety of options. You will hear elders in the community bragging about how many bubbles they popped on one of the In2l programs. Brenda, an elder at Westmoreland Care and Rehab, stated “I love working with that computer. It gives me so many different things to do, but I really enjoy popping the bubbles. I popped over 220 bubbles the other day!”