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!
Robert Hazelwood has been a resident of Durham-Hensley for around two years. After expressing the desire to improve his strength and transfers, Robert began working with Occupational and Physical Therapy.
Therapy has taught him compensatory and adaptive techniques to enhance his independence with getting in and out of the bed. He expresses he feels his strength and independence have increased and he continues to work with therapy to achieve his goals.
Robert enjoys being able to get out and about the facility more easily. He has even established a new routine where he visits the kitchen to get a hot cup of coffee for himself and a friend each day. We are so proud of how far Robert has come and look forward to seeing him continue to meet his goals!
Flora has been a resident of Durham-Hensley for approximately 4 years. Recently, she expressed a desire to improve her strength and her ability to walk throughout the facility.
Flora worked with our Physical Therapy team for just under 2 months to restore her strength and walking abilities and has made excellent progress with therapy and met her goals. She is now able to walk community distances without assistance. We are so proud of how hard Flora worked and all that she has accomplished!
Please welcome our new Executive Director, Joseph Donchatz.
Joseph has served in the long-term care industry for many years in various capacities. He holds a master’s degree in Health Administration and Business Administration from Duke University. Formerly from West Virginia, he and his wife have relocated to Tennessee.
They love the beauty of the area and are excited to be new residents of the Volunteer State. “The opportunity to work in a quality facility like Durham-Hensley does not happen every day.” says Joseph. Both he and his wife look forward to enjoying the mountains while camping and hiking in their spare time.
Meet Our New Director of Nursing
Jamie Sims, BSN, RN, DON
I am new to the Greeneville/Chuckey area but am so excited to sow deep roots here! I originally moved here from Unicoi because my home church is here. I'm married to my very best friend, and we have 4 fur babies.
I am born and raised in Long-term Care and have over 11 years of hands-on experience. I’m excited to serve the residents, family members, and loved ones of Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation. I’m excited for this opportunity!
Judy Burger came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab after she had an illness and hospitalization that resulted in weakness, reduced ability to walk, and reduced ability to complete her daily routines/tasks. Prior to her hospitalization and need for rehab, Judy had made plans to move into assisted living. She chose to come to Durham-Hensley for therapy and nursing services after her hospitalization to prepare her for a safe discharge to assisted living.
She participated in intensive Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy to restore her strength, mobility, ability to care for herself, and her communication skills. Judy made excellent progress with therapy and regained the ability to walk, improved her strength, and enhanced her speech/communication skills.
Judy met her goals and was discharged to assisted living after ending therapy. Judy had tears in her eyes before she left stating, “I am happy I met my goals but also will miss you all so much.” Judy we are so proud of your excellent progress and we will miss you too!
Staff Spotlight: Shonna Tipton, Respiratory Therapist
This week we would like to recognize our Respiratory Therapist, Shonna Tipton.
Shonna has worked at Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab for over 4 years. She is certified in Basic Life Support as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Her job as a Respiratory Therapist is very diverse and she plays an integral part in the health and well-being of our residents. Shonna is responsible for evaluating and assessing all residents who admit to Durham-Hensley to determine their pulmonary status/needs and implementing personalized treatment programs for these residents. She ensures each resident receiving respiratory therapy services has access to needed supplies such as Bipap, Cpap, Oxygen, and any necessary respiratory treatments.
As a respiratory therapist, Shonna offers frequent trainings and in-services to nursing and therapy staff as well as family members to ensure excellent respiratory care for our residents. Shonna works alongside our Therapy Department to ensure our residents achieve the highest outcomes. When working alongside the Therapy Department, Shonna assists with monitoring the residents’ respiratory status, training therapists and residents on techniques to improve lung capacity and functional activity tolerance. Shonna can also assist with weaning residents from oxygen as they continue to participate with Physical Therapy. After residents have completed their therapy, Shonna plays a part in the discharge planning process along with the social worker and therapy, ensuring residents with respiratory needs have everything they need to return home safely.
We are so proud to have Shonna on our team at Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab. Her knowledge and expertise combined with her amazing work ethic and “above and beyond” attitude have allowed us to continue to provide our residents with excellent respiratory care.
Virginia Hicks came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab to participate in therapy to become stronger and more independent. She has been participating in therapy for approximately 4 weeks. During this time, Virginia has made progress with her strength and activity tolerance and has become very close to the nursing and therapy staff.
At 97 years old, Virginia stays active and enjoys going on frequent walks and participating in her therapy sessions. She also enjoys reminiscing about growing up on a farm and about her wonderful family. Virginia has been such a pleasure to have at Durham-Hensley Health and Rehab and is an inspiration to both staff and residents. Way to go Virginia!
We’d like to take a minute to introduce two of our wonderful Certified Nursing Assistants here at Durham-Hensley Health & Rehab, Ann Partin and Mary Seaton.
Ann and Mary can be found working the floor, taking care of their residents daily. With Ann’s 18 years and Mary’s 17 years at Durham-Hensley, they are the picture of hardworking, reliable, and dependable. They show their love for the residents daily through their excellent and compassionate care.
They are an integral part in assisting Therapy getting their patients better by being an extra set of eyes and ears and keeping the team informed on the resident’s status. Ann and Mary love working with our residents at Durham-Hensley and watching them achieve and maintain their full potential. Thank you, Ann and Mary for your constant commitment to your residents. It’s an honor to work beside you.
Mr. Haskell Fox came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation after a hospitalization which resulted in weakness, reduced mobility, and reduced ability to care for himself. He participated in Physical and Occupational Therapy for around 7 weeks to restore his ability to walk, transfer, and improve his strength.
During his therapy sessions, the therapists worked on strengthening exercises and taught him how to compensate using new techniques to allow him to walk while maintaining weight bearing restrictions due to his medical condition. Haskell made excellent progress with therapy and is returning home with family support and home health services. Haskell was so excited with the progress he made and expressed how thankful he was for the therapy and nursing care he received at Durham-Hensley.
Rebecca Lowe came to Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation after a fall at home resulted in a hospitalization and surgery due to a broken hip. She was having difficulty walking, transferring, completing daily tasks without assistance, and experiencing extreme fatigue with activity upon admission to Durham-Hensley.
Ms. Lowe worked diligently with Physical, Occupational, Respiratory and Speech Therapy to restore her strength, mobility, and functional activity tolerance. A little over two weeks later, Ms. Lowe discharged home with support of her family and home health services with the ability to walk using a walker, transfer without assistance, and complete her daily tasks with improved independence and activity tolerance. She stated, “The therapy team really worked well with me while I was here and helped me get back on my feet again. I am so glad I get to go back home and spend time with my dog and my grandbabies.” We are so proud of you Rebecca!
Bobby Shanks participates in a fun and creative game made by a member of the Durham-Hensley Therapy Team during his therapy session. This game simulates fishing and allows residents to work on balance, attention, hand-eye coordination, and functional activity tolerance.
Bobby has enjoyed this game as part of his therapy interventions and each time he plays, he catches more “fish!” We love to incorporate fun and creative interventions with our residents at Durham-Hensley to help them engage and enjoy their therapy. Way to go Bobby!
Phyllis Duffell is a resident of Durham-Hensley who has been participating in Occupational Therapy for the past several weeks. She was having some trouble completing her daily activities due to decreased strength and endurance and started with therapy to increase her independence.
Phyllis has been making excellent progress with Occupational Therapy. She is increasing her strength, activity tolerance, and learning how to use compensatory/adaptive strategies to restore her independence. She is pictured in this photo completing a flower arrangement activity with Occupational Therapy to enhance her standing tolerance, balance, and coordination. Phyllis enjoys therapy and always works hard to achieve her goals.
Patsy Greene came to Durham-Hensley after a hospitalization for therapy and skilled nursing care. She was having difficulty walking, transferring, and decreased strength and endurance.
Patsy participated in Physical, Occupational and Respiratory Therapy for a little over 4 weeks to prepare her to return home. She improved her strength and endurance and discharged home able to walk, transfer, and complete her daily tasks without assistance.
Patsy has been to Durham-Hensley in the past and received therapy and nursing care. She stated, “I knew by coming back to Durham-Hensley I would get the good care I needed to prepare me to go back home.” Congratulations Patsy on your success!
Teresa Ansboro has been a resident of Durham-Hensley a little over two years. She is well known by the staff and other residents and recognized by her kindness and positive attitude.
Teresa has been participating in Physical Therapy at Durham-Hensley with the goal to improve her strength and mobility. She enjoys working with the Therapy staff and has personally benefited from Therapy services in the past. She explains, “Therapy is always very helpful for me. I can tell that when I work with therapy, I start to get stronger. I really enjoy it.” Teresa, we enjoy working with you and we know you will work hard and meet your goals!