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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 January 2018 winners:


Chad McGavin, nurse at Life Care Center of Boise, Idaho, made a resident feel special with some tunes he loved. The resident can get very anxious and often calls out loudly. McGavin found out that the resident loves music from the 60s and 70s, especially the Beatles, so he brought in a portable speaker and plugged it into his iPod to play some of the resident’s favorite music. “Almost every morning, you can see the two of them at the nurse’s station,” said Melanie Rebish, licensed practical nurse. “Chad will be working on his charting and singing along with this resident to whatever tune is playing at the moment. This helps the resident to focus on his music, calms his spirit and makes many people smile.”


Margie Wrestler, a part-time licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Farmington, New Mexico, helped a resident travel to see her sick sister in North Carolina. Wrestler purchased two plane tickets – one for the resident and one for her son.


Kathy Rivera, case manager at Lake Forest Nursing Center in Lake Forest, California, paid out of her own pocket for a resident’s wife, who was homeless, to stay in a hotel for several days. She even went so far as to buy her food.