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, she stayed positive and focused on overcoming her challenges. Thanks to her dedication and Cypress Cove’s therapy professionals, she can walk and stand independently.
“I’ve come a long way and people tell me how proud they are of my accomplishments,” Tommie said. “That encouragement motivates me to strive even harder.”
Now that she’s regained her health, Tommie is moving full speed ahead on her mission to brighten the day of everyone she encounters. She does that by flashing her infectious smile or serenading someone with her beautiful voice.
“Ms. Dimps is full of life,” Cypress Cove Center Administrator Charla Berry said. “We’re so thankful that she uses her gifts to make other happy. Her energetic personality brightens every room she enters.”
Tommie is considered a leader at Cypress Cove. She is president of the Resident Council, a group similar to a school’s Student Council. In that role, she serves as the liaison between the residents and caregivers and has implemented new resident activities.
You can see Ms. Dimps walk across the stage 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 fifth in a series of stories about the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 21, we’ll post a story about Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility Carolyn Thigpen.