Making the Shoals Hospital Senior Care Center Feel Like Home

When Life Got Difficult, Shoals Was There

Ms. Lottie Jones was experiencing some increased confusion, generalized weakness and was not able to perform her activities of daily living.

Upon recommendation of her grandson, Ryan McKinney, who is also a registered nurse, she was admitted to the Shoals Hospital Senior Care Center. The family was reluctant about leaving her with strangers since they were not allowed to stay with her. Upon arriving for their first visit with her the next day, Ms. Jones met them with a smile and couldn’t wait to show them the bird house that she had painted.

Ms. Jones was found to have some irregularity to her heart as a result of the medications she was taking. With the expertise of Dr. Tim Carpenter, he adjusted her medications, and she was able to return to assisted living. The nurses, social workers, and occupational therapist all had a hand in getting Ms. Jones back to enjoying life again. She even asked her daughter if she could have a special place when she got home to continue her activities she had learned while her at the Shoals Senior Care Center.

In November, as we reflect on National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we can also reflect on the ways early identification of a problem as appropriate treatment can be the biggest help to our seniors in need.

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