Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program honors associates who go beyond their job descriptions in caring for residents, their families and fellow associates. Here are three of the inspiring stories from our March 2016 winners:
Nancy Evans, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Sarasota, Florida, kept in touch with a resident’s wife when the wife had to travel out of town for a week for their son’s funeral. Evans called her each night from her own cell phone to give her an update on her husband and then gave the phone to the resident so he could talk to his wife. Being able to keep in touch helped both the resident and his wife feel less lonely through this sad time.
Ashley Standridge, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Crossville, Tennessee, had an extra meal tray on her cart. She noticed a resident’s husband come in and gave him the tray, noticing that lately the resident had not been eating much of her meal. The husband said, “Oh look, dear, we get to eat together.” When Standridge saw that the resident ate almost the whole meal, she bought the husband a couple of lunches so the couple could share more meals and the resident could continue to eat well.
Linda Walsh, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Rochester, Indiana, went out of her way to assist a resident in need. The resident was having symptoms of a torn retina and needed to go to an eye doctor 90 minutes away. Unfortunately, because it was Good Friday, the facility was having trouble arranging transportation for the resident. Walsh stepped up to the plate and drove the resident to her appointment after working her whole shift.