food: a cake that says we appreciate you

Happy Food and Nutrition Services Week

October 7 – 11 is Food and Nutrition Services Week. The residents and staff at Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center would like to show their appreciation for their team. They are very lucky to have such a dedicated staff cooking the culinary masterpieces for everyone daily. Thank you for everything you do for each and…

Ombudsman: two women standing by a sign

Learning with the Ombudsman

Staff at Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center had a great time learning with the OMBUDSMAN. Employees got to experience a new outlook on dementia and the effect it has on the resident’s activities of daily living. It was an emotional and educational day for all involved.

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Visit from Barbourville High School

Residents and staff of Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center had a wonderful time with Barbourville High School JAG students and the Bus to Business project. Students got a tour of the building and were introduced to the many job opportunities that the facility has to offer. The JAG students also participated in mock interviews, demonstrations…

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Happy retirement Mrs. Kathy

Staff and residents at Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center would like to wish Mrs. Kathy Sprinkles a wonderful retirement. Her last day was last week as the facilities beloved nurse aide educator. Hope you enjoy “front porch sittin’” with your morning coffee. The best of wishes to you and your family. Enjoy!

housekeeping: group of women in khaki scrubs smiling at the camera

Thank you housekeeping

Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center wants to thank their housekeeping staff for all they do to make the resident’s home clean and beautiful. The staff appreciates you and all the hard work you do for the residents.

dementia routines: woman in scrubs sitting with an older adult drinking coffee

Dementia Communication Techniques

It can be difficult to communicate with someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. The damage to their brains have altered the way they hear, process, and respond to certain conversations. This is why caregivers or family members need to learn new techniques that adapts to the older adults way of thinking. There are 6…

shuffle: a man wearing blue hospital gown using a walker

Why do seniors shuffle when they walk

As seniors get older, they tend to shuffle or drag their feet while walking. Why do they do that? Well, they more than likely are not doing it on purpose or even know they are shuffling. Typically something is causing the shuffling when they walk. The first step to help them not do this is…

sleep: a bed with a book and blanket on it and a night stand

Ways to help Seniors get better sleep

Many things change with age, one of which are sleep patterns. These changes make it harder for seniors to not only fall asleep, but stay asleep. The lack of sleep could also affect the caregiver due to always needing to keep an eye on the senior. A few common reasons for sleep problems are: Discomfort…

Therapy: A teenage girl, her mother and grandmother looking at old photographs at home. Family and generations concept.

Reminiscence Therapy to help with Dementia

Sharing memories or reminiscing about the past is an enjoyable way to connect with someone that has Alzheimer’s or dementia. When it comes to dementia, most people lose their short-term memory, but can still recall older memories. The goal for this type of therapy is to help these seniors feel valued, contented, and peaceful. These…

home Falls Long-Term Care: woman in a white nurses outfit smiling at an older woman in a gray cardigan

Ways to respond to “I want to go home”

When a senior with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia asks to go home, it is often a request for comfort and not to physically go home. The best thing to do is meet where they are and focus on the comfort and reassurance. Respond to the emotions behind their request. There are 3 kind and calming ways…