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 2015 winners:


Alana Price, certified occupational therapy assistant, Life Care Center of Rhea County in Dayton, Tennessee, longed to communicate better with a deaf resident. Each night after work, she used her personal time at home to teach herself sign language. Her efforts show her true heart of compassion.


Patrick Banda, food service director, Life Care Center of Stoneham, Massachusetts, brought a warm ray of sunshine to his facility in the midst of a harsh winter. During a severe snowstorm, Banda braved the elements to give two certified nursing assistants a ride to work. When their shifts were over at 11 p.m., he drove both CNAs home again, making sure each arrived safely. Back at the facility, Banda also cooked food for associates who stayed overnight.


Brooke McCrystal, licensed practical nurse, The Woodlands in Muncie, Indiana, saved a resident from serious injury when she noticed water leaking from a sprinkler in the resident’s room and took quick action. The patient’s bariatric bed was too large to go through the doorway, so McCrystal and her assistants quickly moved the resident to a regular bed. As they wheeled the resident out of the room on the new bed, the ceiling collapsed behind them. Thanks to McCrystal’s keen observation and swift response, no one was hurt.