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Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab Facility, Sarah Glover, Abbeville, Age 82

Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab Facility, Sarah Glover, Abbeville, Age 82

This is not Sarah Glover’s first experience with a nursing home.

Sarah cared for her only son until he required around the clock skilled nursing care. She wanted a place where she could be involved in his care and chose Henry County Health & Rehab (HCHR) in Abbeville.

When it came time to choose a place for her to receive skilled nursing care, (continue reading…)

Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab, Margaret Herston, Florence, Age 80

Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab, Margaret Herston, Florence, Age 80

Some people might describe Margaret Herston as a social butterfly. She’s always chatting with friends, visiting with family or flashing her youthful smile at one of her caregivers.

The 80-year-old wants to be in the know and involved at all times. Margaret’s outgoing attitude helped her adjust to living at Florence Nursing & Rehab Center once she reached the point that she needed 24 hour a day skilled nursing care. (continue reading…)

Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Carolyn Thigpen, Florence, Age 92

Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Carolyn Thigpen, Florence, Age 92

With every pull of the needle, Carolyn Thigpen knits love into each loop of yarn.

The north Alabama nursing home resident uses her God given talent to send warmth to orphans around the world. (continue reading…)

Ms. Cypress Cove Center, Tommie Dimps, Muscle Shoals, Age 56

Ms. Cypress Cove Center, Tommie Dimps, Muscle Shoals, Age 56

Tommie Dmips didn’t plan to move back to Alabama. She enjoyed living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was active in her church and volunteered at a food bank.

The move south was necessary once Tommie became ill. Her daughter moved her back home so she could be closer to family.

Tommie’s health declined so much that she was unable to walk when she moved to Cypress Cove Center in Muscle Shoals. Despite her dire situation, (continue reading…)

Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center, Opal Mitchell, Cullman, Age 94

Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center, Opal Mitchell, Cullman, Age 94

Opal Mitchell was a little apprehensive about moving to a nursing home.

It’s natural to feel that way about such a big change in life.

“I have to say it was not the easiest decision to come and live here,” said Opal who moved to Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center about four years ago.

The 94 year old choose to move to the nursing home so (continue reading…)

Dorothy Young and her grandson Johnathan.

Dorothy Young and her grandson Johnathan.

Dorothy Young has cared for her grandson his entire life. She adopted Johnathan at birth.

Raising him was a difficult task. Johnathan, now 27 years old, has cerebral palsy and seizure disorder.

Dorothy lovingly met his needs every day. But in the back of her mind, she always wondered what would happen if she was no longer able to care for Johnathan.

That fear became a reality (continue reading…)

Ms. Burns Nursing & Rehab, Jewel Arrington, Russellville, Age 67

Ms. Burns Nursing & Rehab, Jewel Arrington, Russellville, Age 67

At only 67 years old, Jewel Arrington is not your “typical” nursing home resident. She’s part of a younger generation of people who call Alabama’s skilled nursing facilities home because she requires a high level of health care.

Of course, Jewel’s not your typical person. She’s the type that grows wherever she is planted. Moving to a nursing home over six years ago allowed her talents to blossom. (continue reading…)

Ms. Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center, Edna Farrell, Opelika, Age 89

Ms. Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center, Edna Farrell, Opelika, Age 89

Brooklyn, New York, played a big role in the early stages of Edna Farrell’s life. That’s where she was born, met her husband and gave birth to their three children.

Life in the Big Apple came to an end soon after Edna and her husband John graduated from Cornell University’s nursing school. John joined the U.S. Army as a registered nurse. That took the family many different places during his military career including Fort Benning, Georgia. (continue reading…)

pageant logo-1The Alabama Nursing Home Association today announced the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

These ladies will compete for the coveted crown of Ms. Alabama Nursing Home on Monday, July 28 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.The winner will serve as a spokesperson for nursing home residents and the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA).

The top 10 finalists are (in alphabetical order by facility):

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IMG_0938_v2Nineteen Alabama Nursing Home Association member facilities were recognized for health care quality improvement Tuesday at the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation’s (AQAF) Outcomes Congress.

The awards covered four major AQAF quality improvement initiatives and 13 categories.

The recognized facilities are: (continue reading…)

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