Anita Adcock, activity assistant at Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, received Life Care Centers of America’s Mountain States Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Aug. 28, 2019, for her dedication to customer service.
Executives from Life Care awarded Adcock a cash prize during an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. She was chosen from among hundreds of associates in the Mountain States Division and was one of only eight associates from Life Care’s more than 200 facilities nationwide to receive the award.
Adcock, who has served the facility for more than 30 years, was especially praised for making sensory items for residents with dementia. Specialty items have included sensory pillows, fidget vests, lap boards with multiple activities, weighted blankets, aromatherapy necklaces and positioning pillows. She observes the residents, collects and purchases the items needed (such as buttons, zippers, flowers and small stuffed animals) and then makes the crafts by hand on her own time, designing each one for a specific resident.
The facility reports that the items have helped reduce residents’ restlessness, anxiety, agitation and boredom. They have even helped decrease the incidence of falls.
“I just want to make the residents’ quality of life better,” said Adcock.
Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program rewards associates for extraordinary acts of kindness. Monthly awards are presented in Life Care facilities nationwide based on nominations from fellow associates, family members, residents and guests. Each facility then chooses an annual winner, from which the divisional winners are selected.
“Dedicated caregivers routinely go far above and beyond their job descriptions, and Anita Adcock certainly demonstrates by her example their professionalism and compassion for the residents they serve,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “We are proud of Anita and the thousands she represents in their selfless approach to the needs of others.”