Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant Profile Stories


Stories of contestants in the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

Adjusting to Life’s Changes

Ms. Woodland Village Health Care Center, Cloie Kelley, Cullman, Age 79 You never know what life will bring your way. Cloie Kelley never imagined she would live in a nursing home. “Life may not be exactly what we had envisioned for ourselves, but no one knows how their life is going to turn out,” Cloie said. Cloie also never imagined that she would be in a local pageant, win it and have the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. […]

Inspiring Woman Never Gives Up on Her Goals

Ms. Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood, JoAnn Okechukwu, Bessemer, Age 67 Throughout her life, JoAnn Okechukwu set goals and worked hard to achieve them. A few years ago she set a goal many would have said was impossible: learn to walk again. JoAnn, age 67, was unable to walk when she moved to Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood, a skilled nursing facility in Bessemer, Alabama. She set her goal and began to put in the long hours in the physical therapy gym. […]

Finding Strength in Faith

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, […]

Making New Friends in Her New Home

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. […]

Orphans Feel Warmth of Nursing Home Resident’s Love

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. […]

Nursing Home Helps Woman Walk Again

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

Woman Discovers Nursing Home Living Better Than Imagined

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 […]

Woman Continues to Care for Grandson Thanks to Nursing Home

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 […]

From Gardens to People, She Helps Everything Bloom

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. […]

From New York to Alabama, Nursing Home Resident Lives Adventurous Life

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. […]