Jace Hooper, physical therapist assistant at Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, started an “Early Coffee Club” for residents who are up and about early in the morning. He comes in before his shift begins and makes sure the patients receive a nice hot cup of coffee.
On May 9, 2016, Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, began its celebration of National Nursing Home Week.
In staying with the national theme, “It’s a Small World with a Big Heart,” the facility celebrated associates’ and residents’ various cultures.
Associates, families and residents are encouraged to contribute one vegetable (but, of course, people bring in more than one) for the huge pots of soup.
On April 19, 2016, the activities department at Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, took residents to Tucson’s Gene C. Reid Park.
Also known as Randolph Park to locals, the urban park is a 131-acre area that features gardens, two lakes, picnic areas, a 24-acre zoo and much more. Residents enjoyed the outing, the warm weather and many of the fun features the park included.
Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, celebrated our long-term care resident Ruth Haugens’ 100th birthday on June 6, 2016.
All morning, Haugens beamed as associates and residents wished her a very happy birthday. Activities staff members interviewed her prior to her birthday and learned she grew up in Rockford, Minnesota, and for 20 years worked as a bacon packer. Haugens and her husband had one son, Robert, and were married for more than 50 years.
Tina Langley, health information management assistant at Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, brought in clothing for a resident who did not have any extra clothes with her when she was admitted to the facility. The resident didn’t have family in the area who could bring her clothes, but Langley took care of that need and befriended her.
On Feb. 23, 2016, residents and associates from Life Care Center of Tucson attended the 91st Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Also known as the Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the event is the largest non-motorized parade in the country, and it offers lots of color and excitement. Community members and organizations ride horses or are pulled along in wagons, in addition to walking and dancing along the route.
Eight members of the leadership team at Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, recently earned certification as dementia care specialists.
The group completed the training through the Crisis Prevention Institute, with Erin Stanley, regional rehab director for Life Care Centers of America’s local facilities, serving as their instructor....
National Pi Day was an extra-special occasion for residents and associates at Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona.
The day was observed on March 14, 2016, because the month/day date format is 3/14/16 since 3.1416 are the first five digits (rounded) of the mathematical value of pi.
On Feb. 12, 2016, Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, held its annual Valentine’s celebration, the Sweetheart Ball.
This year, the facility had local musicians Desert Mountain Duo perform a variety of love songs. The dietary department created fabulous treats, including chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered bananas, a fruit platter and strawberry ice cream with choice of toppings.
On Jan. 21, 2016, Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, celebrated National Hug Day.
The activities department made little treat bags filled with Hershey’s Hugs and a little message that said, “Happy hug day.”
Associates and residents alike joined in on the fun and friendship of sharing hugs all around to those who were accepting of a hug, and a smile and warm wishes for the day for those who weren’t quite the hugging type.
On Jan. 29, 2016, Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, held its Third Annual National Fun at Work Day sponsored by its long-term care residents.
Residents held small carnival games in the activities room that associates could play in one minute or less. Associates and residents had a wonderful time.
On Nov. 7, 2015, multiple associates and several residents from Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, joined the community in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s held at the University of Arizona.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is an incredible organization to support,” said Ryan Cornelius, interim executive director. “We were proud to have our staff and residents assist us in raising more than $500. Having the residents with us during the walk was extremely special for the associates and their families who were able to attend.”