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 February 2016 winners:
Michael Magdirila, physical therapist at Life Care Center of Aurora, Colorado, used his day off work to go to Costco and purchase a walker for a resident who was returning home but had no means of getting a walker. He also made an elaborate ethnic meal for a patient.
Jennifer Eldridge, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Sierra Vista, Arizona, takes the time to help residents apply makeup and fix their hair in a special way. She has brought in fruit baskets for a resident who has many happy memories of picking fresh fruit when she was young. She also helps deliver ice cream from the ice cream socials to residents who don’t feel like leaving their rooms.
Rachelle Voth, activities assistant at Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands in Friday Harbor, Washington, stayed six hours past the end of her shift to sit with a dying resident and provide comfort. She took the initiative outside of work to become a certified nursing assistant so that she could not only help with activities but also serve the care needs of the residents.