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.
At Burns Nursing & Rehab in Russellville, Jewel’s green thumb literally makes things bloom. She takes an active role in tending to the facility’s handicap accessible, raised-bed vegetable garden. You’ll find her picking fresh tomatoes, squash or peppers.
Jewel is also known for her ability to cultivate relationships with her fellow residents. She engages many of the residents who have been diagnosed with dementia in conversation and gives special attention to their needs.
“Ms. Arrington spirit is uplifting to other residents and her caregivers,” Burns Nursing & Rehab Administrator Mark DeArman said. “She’s such a unique individual that her personality shines through, and her smile can brighten a room.”
Jewel is a leader at Burns Nursing & Rehab. She is president of the Resident Council, a group similar to a school’s student council. The council meets on a regular basis to plan events or give feedback to nursing home staff members.
Ms. Arrington will display her sweet personality on July 28 when she competes in the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel at 2:00 p.m.
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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories about the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 16, we’ll post a story about Ms. Crowne Health Care of Mobile Dorothy Young.