Edward Miller was recently hospitalized and needed skilled rehabilitation upon release from the hospital. He came to Durham-Hensley and received skilled services from Physical, Occupational, and Respiratory Therapy. Ed participated five to six times a week and worked hard to gain strength and increase his activity tolerance.
Respiratory Therapy worked alongside Physical and Occupational Therapy monitoring his oxygen levels, providing education, and assuring continued progression in his healing process. He stated, “I have really enjoyed my time here and am very appreciative of everyone.”
Ed, it has been a pleasure to work with you and we wish you the best! Thank you for choosing Durham-Hensley for your nursing and rehabilitation needs!
Wanda Tipton was recently hospitalized and needed skilled rehabilitation upon release from the hospital. She came to Durham-Hensley and received skilled services from Physical, Occupational, and Respiratory Therapy. She participated five to six times a week and worked hard to gain strength and increase her activity tolerance.
Respiratory Therapy worked alongside Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy monitoring her oxygen levels, providing education, and assuring continued progression in her healing process. She stated, “I have been treated well while here. Everyone has been so helpful in my recovery.”
Wanda, it was a pleasure to work with you and we wish you the best as you continue to heal at home. Thank you for choosing Durham-Hensley for your nursing and rehabilitation needs!
Judy came to Durham-Hensley as a resident in June of 2023. She was evaluated by Physical Therapy due to her history of falls and muscle weakness. Upon admission, Judy was unable to walk and needed assistance from two staff members to transfer.
Since working with Physical Therapy, Judy is now able to walk using a walker in therapy and transfer in and out of bed with only one person to assist her. Judy is so happy with her progress and her increased independence. She enjoys coming down to the therapy gym and loves to interact with the therapists, staff members, and other residents. We are so proud of you Judy!
Meet Our New Staff Member: Marci Dupre
We would like to introduce the newest addition to our Rehab Team, Marci Dupre, Speech Therapist.
Marci graduated from the Speech Language Pathology Program at East Tennessee State University. She is originally from Louisiana but fell in love with our area and decided to establish roots in the Tri Cities.
In her free time, Marci enjoys hiking, snowboarding, coloring, and playing her clarinet. Marci is passionate about Speech Therapy and stated, “Communication and eating are such an important part of our lives. As a Speech Therapist, I enjoy having the opportunity to improve and maintain the quality of life for our residents by engaging them in meaningful activities and helping them achieve their goals.”
Welcome to Durham-Hensley Marci! We are so happy to have you on our team and thankful for the difference you make for our residents.
Reliving the good ol’ days, snapping green beans like we used to! Bringing back cherished memories and creating new ones together here at Durham-Hensley!
We would like to congratulate our Night Shift Employee of the Month of July, Sandra Williams!
Sandra has worked at Durham-Hensley as an LPN since 2011. She always goes above and beyond and takes the upmost pride in her work. Sandra is an inspiration to us all! Thank you, Sandra, for all that you do!
Ms. Hensley is a resident at Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab who was referred to Therapy by the nursing staff due to increased difficulty with transfers and mobility. She has been working with Physical Therapy to improve her strength and her independence.
Ms. Hensley has made excellent progress with therapy so far and is now able to walk 50 feet with therapy and able to transfer with standby assistance. She is so excited with her progress and expressed to the Therapists how happy it makes her to become more independent.
She always greets us with a smiling face and a positive attitude. Way to go Ms. Hensley! We are excited to see you continue to progress with therapy.
Thao is a resident at Durham-Hensley. She recently expressed an interest in wanting to walk more and she worked with Physical Therapy to improve her walking abilities.
After finishing therapy, Thao is now able to walk all around the building using a cane with a staff member. She is now participating in our Broad River Restorative Program to maintain her progress and walking abilities. Thao enjoys being able to walk throughout the facility and visit with other residents. She maintains a positive attitude and loves to smile. We are so proud of your progress Thao!
We would like to congratulate our Employee of the Month of July, Sarah Mayhew!
Sarah has worked at Durham-Hensley as an LPN since 2020. She always has a smile on her face and goes above and beyond expectations. Sarah will always help wherever there is a need.
Thank you, Sarah, for all that you do!
Lula came to Durham-Hensley in January of 2023 due to multiple fractures and needed full assistance from skilled therapists and skilled nurses for her daily care. She participated with therapy initially to improve her strength and activity tolerance as her fractures healed. For several months, she was restricted in weight bearing through her leg and this made mobility and transfers very difficult for her. Since her weight bearing restrictions have been cleared, she has been working again with Physical and Occupational Therapy to further improve her independence with her daily activities of living and mobility.
Lula has demonstrated excellent progress. She has progressed from dependent assistance with transfers to completing transfers with a rolling walker with assistance. Lula was unable to walk upon admission due to her injuries and weight bearing limitations. Therapy has been working with Lula to improve her strength and today, she was able to take ten steps using a walker with therapy! We are so proud of her progress and Lula truly enjoys working with the therapy department to regain her independence. We look forward to continuing with Lula on her journey and watching her meet her goals. Congratulations!
Mrs. Luttrell came to Durham-Hensley for inpatient rehabilitation after a fall and surgery resulting in weakness and reduced mobility. She participated in Physical and Occupational Therapy for one week where she learned adaptive and compensatory techniques to help her become independent again and worked on improving her strength and ability to walk.
She discharged home able to walk community distances and able to complete her daily activities with independence. Mrs. Luttrell stated, “I can’t wait to go home and see my family and my great grandbabies, but if I ever needed to come back here for anything, I would be happy to. I am so pleased with the care I have gotten at Durham-Hensley.” Congratulations on your success!
Yesterday, the staff, residents, and families enjoyed our 4th of July cookout! We could not have asked for better weather or conversation under the pavilion. The “Grill Kings” made some delicious hamburgers and hotdogs! We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July!
Durham-Hensley Cookbooks On Sale Now!
We have some great recipes from current and past employees and residents, along with recipes from resident’s families. Cookbooks can be purchased for $15. If you would like to order one, please call Donna Blazer at 423-257-6761 ext. 105.
We would like to congratulate our Employee of the Month of June, Tatem Thomas!
Tatem has worked at Durham-Hensley for the last 10 months. She has worn many hats as a CNA Assistant and helps in Housekeeping and Laundry all while juggling her school schedule. Tatem always puts our residents first and always helps in any way that she can!
Thank you, Tatem, for all that you do!
Celebrating Clinical Success : Melva Dixon
Ms. Melva Dixon came to Durham-Hensley after experiencing a fall with weakness and reduced mobility. She worked with Physical and Occupational Therapy to restore her strength, activity tolerance, balance, and independence.
She made excellent progress towards her goals and is now able to walk and complete daily activities using a walker without assistance. Melva discharged home with her family and home health services.
She expressed how thankful she was for the care she received at Durham-Hensley and feels confident in her abilities and the progress she made. Congratulations Melva!
Celebrating Clinical Success : Carrie Blazer
Ms. Blazer came to Durham-Hensley in need of skilled therapy and nursing care after hospitalization. Upon admission, she was experiencing a decrease in strength, activity tolerance, and mobility. She participated in Physical and Occupational Therapy to restore her strength, learn compensatory techniques to safely complete her daily tasks, and learn to walk and transfer safely with training on using an offloading boot.
Ms. Blazer made excellent progress with therapy and is returning home with independence in mobility using a walker and independence with her daily tasks. She looks forward to continuing her recovery journey with home health and eventually returning to her work as a caregiver. She stated, “Everyone here has been so good. If I ever need therapy again, I will come back to Durham-Hensley.” Congratulations on your success, Ms. Blazer!
Ms. Janice Southerland initially came to Durham-Hensley for inpatient rehab and nursing care after a surgery. When she arrived at Durham-Hensley, she was having difficulty with walking, transferring, completing her daily activities, and was experiencing a decline in strength.
She worked with Physical and Occupational Therapy to restore her strength and independence. After a little over a week, Ms. Southerland gained enough strength and mobility to be able to return home independently.
Since returning home, she has been participating in Outpatient Physical Therapy at Durham-Hensley. She continues to work hard with therapy and is feeling very confident and is satisfied with the progress she has made in therapy. Way to go Janice!
Mr. Unruh came to Durham-Hensley to receive skilled therapy services to allow him to regain his strength and independence. He received Physical, Occupational and Respiratory Therapy for a little over two weeks.
During this time, he demonstrated excellent gains and was able to discharge home with independence in his mobility and his daily tasks. We are so proud of the progress he has made! He stated that he was more than pleased with the therapy services he received and the care from each department here at Durham-Hensley. Congratulations Mr. Unruh!
The fun around here just doesn’t stop! Check out this beautiful flower garden our residents have created. We can’t wait to see them flourish!