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Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program honors associates who go beyond their job descriptions in caring for residents, their families and fellow associates. Here are three of the inspiring stories from our December 2016 winners:


Carrie Leyva, certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Casper, Wyoming, arranged and paid for a local musician to entertain the residents on Veterans Day. She then went out of her way to get as many residents down to the dining room as possible to listen to him. He performed some patriotic and folk tunes and even tap danced. The residents loved it!


Peggy Graves, licensed practical nurse at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, has a friend who works as a Santa at a Christmas tree farm, and Graves brought him in to visit the residents in costume. She bought a gift for each of her 28 residents to open at the Christmas party and came in on her day off to help get residents ready for the party. She then stayed and sat with residents whose families couldn’t make it to the celebration.


Dawn Nisby, nurse manager at Life Care Center of the South Shore in Scituate, Massachusetts, came in on her day off to decorate one of the nurses’ stations for Christmas. She paid for all the decorations out of her own pocket and made two trips to the Christmas tree shop. “She did a beautiful job,” said Christine Pearsall, laundry and housekeeping assistant. “The patients loved it, as did all the family members and staff!”