Mr. Luke Jennings came to Durham-Hensley after a recent hospitalization with weakness and reduced activity tolerance. Upon admission, he required assistance to walk short distances, and this left him feeling extremely tired. He required Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Respiratory Therapy to regain his strength and mobility.
He worked diligently with the Therapy team at Durham-Hensley to enhance his strength, activity tolerance and mobility. After a few weeks, he regained the ability to walk community distances without assistance and without feeling overly tired or exerted. Mr. Jennings reported he feels much more confident about his abilities and certainly feels a lot stronger since admission.
Mr. Jennings returned home with family and home health to continue with his excellent progress. We are so proud of the progress he has made and happy that he will be home with his family for the holiday season! Good job, Mr. Jennings!
Meet our Team!
Pictured: Sarah Long LPN, Sarah Mayhew LPN and Melissa Whitaker RN
When asked why Durham-Hensley?
"I enjoy making positive differences in our family and resident daily lives, no matter how big or small." Sarah M. replied. When Sarah is away from work, she enjoys cooking and spending time with family.
"Nursing is challenging and rewarding at the same time. I enjoy what I do." Sarah L. replied. When Sarah is away from work, she likes to take naps.
"I like bringing joy to others, putting a smile on their face, and making them laugh. Outside of work, I enjoy my farm animals." Melissa W. replied.
We would like to recognize two of our employees at Durham-Hensley, Molly Livingston and Kalie Brooks.
Molly has been working at Durham-Hensley since May of 2022. She not only works hard as a CNA, but she works hard as a student and is pursuing her future goal of attending The University of Tennessee to continue a career in nursing. Molly states, “I love working here at Durham-Hensley because I enjoy the relationships I develop with our residents and the family-like environment. I used to help take care of my grandmother and helping to care for our residents reminds me of those times.”
Kalie has been working at Durham-Hensley for three months as a CNA Assistant. In her free time, she enjoys athletics and her goal for her future is to pursue a career in anesthesiology. Kalie assists and cares for our residents with a positive attitude and spirit. She makes a big difference by motivating residents to continue their good work in therapy and keeping them active.
Molly and Kalie demonstrate excellent team work and work alongside other CNAs, nurses, and therapy staff to care for our residents and allow them to achieve their fullest potential and best quality of life. We are blessed to have such great CNAs and also know both of these ladies have a bright future ahead of them! Thank you for the difference you make for our residents and all of your hard work!
Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation has received The Greeneville Sun Reader's Choice Award for the Best Long-term Care Facility in the area for 2022!
Honoring our Veterans today and every day here at Durham-Hensley! We celebrated all 17 of our Veterans who received a framed Certificate of Honor and a delicious breakfast made by our kitchen staff. Everyone here at Durham-Hensley would like to thank all Veterans for their service, bravery, and sacrifice. Happy Veterans Day!
Our Patient Liaison, Tessa, and Executive Director, Jenna, had such a wonderful time attending the Senior Citizen Expo in Greeneville today! They were able to talk with many members of the community about Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation and honor our Veterans.
Herschel Thompson came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab with the goal to receive therapy and get stronger. He has been working hard with Physical and Occupational Therapy to improve his strength, transfers, activity tolerance, and independence.
He has made great progress so far and is proud of his accomplishments with therapy. He stated, “I am most proud of my ability to stand by pulling up at the wall bar without any help. When I first got here, I needed a lot of help to even get up out of my wheelchair. I can do a lot more for myself since working with therapy and I can tell I am getting stronger.” Herschel went on to say, “You all have been so good to me here. Everyone is nice and therapy knows how to challenge me without over doing it. I am really happy with Durham-Hensley.”
Herschel, we are so proud of how far you’ve come and look forward to seeing you continue to accomplish your goals with therapy!
Did someone order chicken?!? Everyone at Durham-Hensley had a blast at Halloween this year! See our Facebook Page for all the photos.
Meet our new Executive Director, Jenna Bailey.
Jenna has worked in long-term care for the past 3 years in many different capacities and recently completed the Administrator in Training program. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2015 and decided to continue her education and graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Jenna is a wife, mother, and loves every aspect of long-term care. She feels so blessed to be able to serve the residents and staff of Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab.
Rebecca Taylor came to Durham-Hensley after a hospitalization and a surgery resulting in weakness and decreased mobility. She participated with Physical and Occupational Therapy to enhance her strength, activity tolerance, and improve her confidence and independence.
Rebecca can now walk community distances with a cane and able to return home. She exclaimed, “I am feeling so much better than I did when I got here. I can tell I am stronger, and I am ready to get back to doing my normal routine.” Great job Rebecca and congratulations on your success!
Billy Dykes came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab after a hospitalization and illness resulting in reduced strength and ability to complete his daily activities. He participated with Physical and Occupational Therapy to restore his strength and functional activity tolerance with the goal to return home.
He is now able to walk community distances and able to return home safely. Billy stated, “I am walking so much farther now. Therapy has been really good for me here. I appreciate everyone who has helped me.” Congratulations Billy on your success!
Celebrating Physical Therapy Month
As we continue to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month at Durham-Hensley, we would like to recognize another member of our Physical Therapy team, Michael Shepherd.
Michael graduated in 1992 from The University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He decided to switch gears and go on to pursue a career in therapy, graduating in 2012 with his Associate Degree from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Walter’s State Community College.
Mike has worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant in skilled nursing for 10 years. He enjoys the opportunity to help residents achieve their highest level of function and independence. Michael also treasures the meaningful connections and conversations with the residents he serves and strives to connect with each resident throughout their plan of treatment. Happy Physical Therapy Month Michael! We are proud to have you on our team.
October is National Physical Therapy Month.
Durham-Hensley would like to recognize our Physical Therapist, Zack Feathers. Zack has been working at Durham-Hensley since September of 2021. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2017 with his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, graduating in 2021.
Zack has a year and a half experience as a Physical Therapist in Skilled Nursing. He stated, “I enjoy the opportunity to serve our residents and give them the respect and dignity they deserve by making them feel heard and valued throughout the therapy process. I enjoy giving our residents new opportunities to enjoy socializing and living.” We are proud to have you on our team as our Physical Therapist, Zack! Happy Physical Therapy Month!
Mr. William Baker came to Durham-Hensley with the goal to successfully complete therapy so he could return home with his wife. He worked hard with Physical and Occupational Therapy to improve his strength, mobility, and independence. Physical Therapy worked on restoring his muscle strength and teaching him how to walk, while Occupational Therapy focused on compensatory training as well as improving his strength and activity tolerance.
Mr. Baker achieved his goals with therapy and returned home with his wife. He is proud of all that he accomplished and feeling much stronger and more independent. Congratulations Mr. Baker!
The staff and residents at Durham-Hensley would like to wish everyone a happy Fall!
Pictured are some of our very creative residents with their hand painted pumpkins supplied and sponsored by local students at Tusculum University in Greenville. The residents enjoyed a fun time of painting pumpkins and socializing outdoors with local Tusculum students where they were able to put their creativity and fine motor skills into action!
Not only was this activity a lot of fun, but it also allowed the residents to improve their coordination and dexterity skills. Lots of smiles and pretty pumpkins were produced. Thank you, Tusculum students, for this fun activity! Our residents enjoyed it!
We are Celebrating National Rehabilitation Awareness Week!
We would like to introduce you to our Durham-Hensley Therapy team!
Courtney Cox Brown- Rehabilitation Director/Occupational Therapist
Suzanne Merritt- Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Zackary Feathers- Physical Therapist
Michael Shepherd- Physical Therapy Assistant
Shelly Gambill- Speech Language Pathologist
Heather Reed- Restorative CNA
At Durham-Hensley, we are passionate about providing quality rehabilitation and care tailored to the individual needs for each of our residents. We offer Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Restorative Services for short-term and long- term care residents. Our Therapy programs offer a holistic approach to allow each resident the opportunity to reach and maintain their full potential so they can live life to the fullest.
Kelley Duncan came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab after a fall resulting in a leg fracture. She was experiencing weakness, reduced mobility, and reduced ability to complete her daily routine.
Kelley worked diligently with Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy to restore her strength and mobility. Physical Therapy taught Kelley how to transfer and move without putting weight through her injured leg as it healed while Occupational Therapy taught her compensatory techniques to improve her daily routine as she healed.
Kelley accomplished a lot with therapy and was able to return home with her family with increased independence. As Kelley said her goodbyes, she thanked all the staff and expressed she would miss everyone. We are so proud of your success Kelley!
Johnny Stroud is a resident of Durham-Hensley. He recently expressed a desire to enhance his strength, mobility, and begin using his prosthetic leg again so he could walk throughout the facility.
He has been working diligently with Physical Therapy services towards his goals. Physical Therapy has been providing training on strengthening, transfers, and prosthetic training to allow Johnny to begin walking again. He remains extremely motivated and is so excited to be walking again with therapy. We are so proud of your success Johnny! Keep up the good work!
Mr. Charles Garland came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation to improve his strength and mobility so he could return to his home safely. He worked with Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy a little over 3 weeks to achieve his goals.
During this time, he was able to enhance his strength and is now able to walk community distances using a walker without assistance. Mr. Garland explained, “I am excited to go home, but if I ever need to come back, I will be happy to come back to Durham-Hensley. I like it a lot here.” Charles, we enjoyed having you and are so proud of your success!