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!”

WCRC March Madness Basketball Game

Westmoreland Care and Rehab held our first Annual March Madness Basketball Game this past Thursday March 31st, 2016. The teams were the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels. We started the game by introducing each player from each team. Chaplain David Spears sang the National Anthem and everyone else sang along with him! The game consisted of three six-minute quarters that was followed by a fourth quarter skills competition. It was a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball game. Teams receive points by making shots and blocking shots. The game was neck and neck throughout!

The skills competition gave each individual elder a chance to score points for their team. The skills competition had three different skills, lasting one minute each for each team. We started the competition with a “Give and Go Contest” this skill involved two players passing the ball to each other and one player shooting a shot to try and score for their team. The three-point competition had one elder from each team attempting to make as many three-point shots as possible in a minute. The last skill competition was a dribbling contest. Players received one point for each successful dribble they made in one minute. Michael Stone stated, “I love the idea of the skills competition. It really gives each of us a chance to score and help our teams.”

Every player scored and contributed to their teams, however the MVP of the first Annual March Madness Basketball game of 2016 went to Kathy Jernigan of the North Carolina Tar Heels! Kathy played a great overall game, but made her biggest contribution during the Dribbling Contest. Kathy surprised everyone in the room when the dribbled the ball 110 times for a minute straight without losing the ball! She scored 110 points for her team in 1 minute! Kathy said with a huge smile on her face, “I knew if I was chosen to dribble the ball that I could do great with it. I told myself I could do it for one minute and I did!”

The final score of the game was North Carolina 130 and Villanova 127!

Our elders, stakeholders, and everyone else had a great time during our first annual March Madness Basketball Game! We look forward to playing the game again next year.

2016 WCRC Easter Egg Hunt!

Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation held our annual community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 26th, 2016. We held one egg hunt for children four years and younger and another for children five years and older. The weather was perfect for an Easter Egg Hunt and several kids participated! There were four golden eggs and the children who found those eggs won an Easter Basket with candy, toys, and a basketball.

Our elders At Westmoreland Care and Rehab love being around children. Some elders came outside to watch the children hunt the eggs while others watched from their rooms. The smiles and laughs from our elders shows just how important it is to have children involved in our activity programming!

As an Eden Alternative facility we strive to provide our elders with as many intergenerational activities and community events to improve our elders overall quality of life!

Miles for Memory 5K

Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation is a certified Music and Memory facility. We launched the program last fall with three elders and quickly realized how effective music can be in changing of the lives of our elders. Music and Memory is a program that uses personalized playlist for each elder participating in the program. The Music and Memory program has been effective in helping elders relieve anxiety, depression, agitation, wandering, and other behaviors associated with dementia. Elders are given their own headphones, iPod Shuffles, and personalized playlist on their iPods. We purchase the elders favorite songs using iTunes gift cards.

The program is completely funded by fundraising and donations. We decided to host our first 5k run/walk and fun run for kids this year at Westmoreland Care and Rehab to help expand our Music and Memory Program. We raised $750 dollars and now we will be able to provide 20 total elders with their own iPod Shuffles, personalized music, and headphones! WCRC would like to thank everyone who participated in the run and all the sponsors who helped fund our 5K shirts! We do plan on having a 5K next year as well!

We had several participants who said they loved just walking the route because of the scenery. Other runners said the route was challenging and they really enjoyed the run. The kids had a blast running through tires, walking a balance beam while holding a spoon with an Easter Egg on it, running through an obstacle course made of pool noodles, and at the end of the run they played a Minute to Win It, Hot Potato, Straw, and an M&M challenge. Several of the kids decided to run the race more than once! Every child and adult received a medal for participation, a shirt, and complimentary brunch after the run hosted by the dietary department at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation. Thanks again to everyone who volunteered, donated, and participated in the 1st Annual “Miles for Memory” 5K run!


Mens 5K Winners
–1st Place: Dillion Tucker / 19 minutes and 42 seconds
–2nd Place: Gordon Vaught / 20 minutes and 7 seconds
–3rd Place: Dalton Cook / 31 minutes and 26 seconds

Womens 5K Winners
–1st Place Michelle Kelleher / 35 minutes and 26 seconds
–2nd Place Michelle Cook / 36 minutes and 2 seconds


K-2nd Grade
–1st Place Gavin Graves
–2nd Place Brayden Graves

–1st Lacey Harrison

3rd-6th Grade
–1st Place Brenden Kelleher
–2nd Place Carson Phillips
–3rd Place Nathan Kelleher

3rd-6th Grade Girls
–1st Place Carlee Scheurer

March Stakeholder of the Month

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Westmoreland Care and Rehab is pleased to announce Kasmin Richardson as our stakeholder of the month for March.
Kasmin is a certified nurse assistant and works the third shift. She is a leader and takes the initiative to do what is needed to care for our elders. She is a very passionate, caring, and understanding caregiver. Kasmin willingly goes the extra mile to ensure our elders are taken care of. Everyone at Westmoreland, her coworkers and our elders, loves her.

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February Stakeholder of the Month

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Westmoreland Care and Rehab is proud to announce Tanja Ward-Bogan as our stakeholder of the month for February.

Tanja is a registered nurse (RN). She attended Tennessee State University and graduated in 1994.

Tanja has worked at Westmoreland Care and Rehab as a charge nurse since 1999. She is a great asset to the nursing department. She is always willing to help where needed. She is loved by both her co-workers and the elders she cares for.

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January Stakeholder of the Month

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Congratulations to Brenda Hawks, our stakeholder of the month for January!

Brenda is a registered nurse (RN) and works third shift. Brenda is an excellent nurse and a proven leader. Brenda takes great pride in providing excellent care to her elders. Brenda is patient, kind, and compassionate not only to her elders, but also to her fellow stakeholders.

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December Stakeholder of The Month

Westmoreland Care and Rehab is pleased to announce the stakeholder of the month for December is Barbara Johnson. Barbara is a physical therapist and works in the Rehab Department. Barbara has been at Westmoreland Care and Rehab for 13 years.

Barbara has been a physical therapist for 35 years and has worked in the long term setting for 30 years. Barbara is married to Ocie Johnson and they reside in Hendersonville, Tennessee. They have two wonderful boys, Jordan and Joshua, both who are married. Barbara has two grandchildren and a third on the way.

Barbara enjoys people and is a huge advocate for her patients. She enjoys her church and singing in the choir. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys watching CSI, Blindspot, and Castle on TV. She also enjoys listening to music.

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WCRC Super Bowl 2016!

This year, we kicked off our 5th annual Westmoreland Care and Rehab Super Bowl! We started the game off with the teams, players, and cheerleaders being introduced. Chaplain Brother then led a prayer, followed by one of our elders, John Arnold, playing the National Anthem on his classical guitar. John said, “I really appreciate you all asking me to play the National Anthem. I had a great time. I am glad I could help.”

During the performance, stakeholders and elders began to sing along with John. It was one of the best moments of the day. The coin flip was after the National Anthem and the game started!

We had cheerleaders from Westmoreland High School assist our elders during the game and we listened to music the whole time. The half time show started with the cheerleaders and was finished off by a performance by the Soggy Bottom Boys singing “Man of Constant Sorrow.” One family member said, “That is the best halftime show I have seen done here yet.”

The Broncos and Panthers battled the entire game, but in the end, the Broncos won 51-47. Dennie Frye of the Broncos was named MVP of the game. The Broncos took home the “Steier Super Bowl Trophy.” Each player received a Super Ring. At the end of the event, in honor of Payton Mannings Retirement, we yelled, “Omaha!”