On Dec. 1, 2016, Karen Cooper, an occupational therapist assistant at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, received the VOYCE Caregiver of the Year Award.
VOYCE serves the greater St. Louis area by providing support for long-term care ombudsmen. Each year, the organization recognizes exceptional individuals in long-term care. VOYCE presented 17 awards this year out of 100 nominees.
Richard Gallai had surgery for spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the bone channel that puts pressure on the spinal cord.
Following surgery, Gallai needed help to recover and get back to his prior level of function. He came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on July 30, 2016, for rehabilitation. He couldn’t get in and out of bed, walk, stand up, shower or get dressed on his own.
On Sept. 10, 2016, associates from Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, took part in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in downtown St. Louis.
These associates represented members of many different departments, including nurses, nursing aides, marketers, business office team members, therapists, housekeepers, social services workers and health records, as well as their families.
Most patients in skilled nursing facilities who return home go through a short-term rehabilitation program.
However, Virginia Savage, as a long-term resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, is a walking testimony that successful rehab is not limited to short-term patients.
Kenneth Gust came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on July 7, 2016, for help regaining his strength.
When Gust first arrived, he needed minimum assistance with walking, getting in and out of bed, standing, bathing and dressing. He had moderate difficulty with cognition and talking and extensive difficulty with swallowing.
Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, hosted its Fifth Annual Summer Blast on June 18, 2016.
More than 75 people showed up for this fun way for the community, as well as residents, associates and their families, to celebrate the season. They enjoyed a barbecue, face painting, a caricature artist, a bounce house and live rock ’n’ roll oldies by a band called G.E.M.
Residents at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, enjoyed a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals mascot as the perfect ending to National Nursing Home Week 2016.
The facility had a Cardinals-themed day on May 13. Associates served ball park favorites, including hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, bottled soda and ice cream. But the highlight of the day was the chance to take pictures with Fred Bird.
Ruby McGuire came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on May 28, 2016, for muscle weakness and trouble walking.
Upon arrival, McGuire needed moderate assistance with getting in and out of bed and extensive assistance with standing balance, bathing and dressing.
On June 10, 2016, Life Care Centers of America’s Missouri Region was proud to sponsor and support the St. Louis-area VOYCE Agency’s annual conference, “The Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care.”
“Because Life Care has 11 buildings throughout Missouri, it is necessary for us to be a vital part of the resources for seniors,” explained Donna Rohr, divisional director of business development.
Life Care Center of Bridgeton recently received the 2015 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
The award highlights facilities across the nation that have proven their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by AHCA/NCAL and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.
Roy Williams came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, for rehabilitation on March 17, 2017, after a stroke affected his right side.
“When Roy first came to us, he was very compromised – physically, mentally and more,” said Bill Batsch, physical therapist assistant....
After falling and breaking her arm, Eleanor Daly needed rehabilitation.
To make matters worse, Daly also had pneumonia, which weakened her whole body. She came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on Nov. 16, 2016. She couldn’t walk and needed extensive assistance with standing, transferring from one surface to another, getting dressed and bathing....
David Neubauer acquired septic arthritis in his right knee, leading to swelling, pain and the inability to walk.
To recover, Neubauer came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on Dec. 30, 2016. When he arrived, he needed extensive assistance to stand, get dressed or get from one surface to another (such as from his bed to a wheelchair)....
On April 4, 2017, Julie Collins, executive director at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, won the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award during the annual American College of Health Care Administrators Convocation.
The award goes to administrators of facilities that meet eligibility requirements with regard to survey results, occupancy and quality measures. According to ACHCA, the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is a distinction of significance, and fewer than 9 percent of facilities nationwide qualify.
On Feb. 14, 2017, several couples enjoyed a Valentine’s Day luncheon at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri.
Long-term residents and short-term rehab patients alike could invite their spouses to join them for a meal of prime rib, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus, dinner rolls and red velvet cake. Tables were decorated with candles and flowers....
On March 24, 2017, Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, held a rehab reunion for patients who graduated from therapy in 2016.
Several former patients and their families came to enjoy live music by a duo who sing oldies music.
“Some patients got so into it that they started dancing,” said Kristen McFetridge, director of rehab services....
Frank Young was admitted to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on May 28, 2015, after having multiple falls and suffering a laceration to his lower leg.
Unable to take more than four steps and requiring maximum assistance in his daily activities, Young was eager to reclaim his independence and dedicated himself to overcoming his weaknesses.
The multidisciplinary team worked with Young as he healed and began to take steps toward regaining his strength.
Associates from all departments at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, worked together to build a marshmallow tower during their all-staff meeting on Dec. 16, 2016.
Julie Collins, executive director; Lashawda Brown, director of nursing; and Kristen McFetridge, director of rehab, planned the event, and they hope to incorporate a team-building activity into every all-staff meeting.
The Team Spirit Committee of Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, sponsored a food drive during early December, 2016, to ensure associates in need had food for Christmas.
Enough food was donated over the course of two weeks to provide seven associates with food boxes for Christmas
On Nov. 29, 2016, Margaret Berardino, a resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, turned 100.
The facility hosted a birthday party for Berardino on Nov. 26. Charlene Willey, director of dining services, planned the event with the help of Berardino’s son, and many of her extended family members were able to come to town to celebrate.