GREENBRIER — The Greenbrier Nursing and Rehab Center is planning their annual Harvest Hoe-Down party to kick off the fall season October 3. There will be plenty of fun, many games, a chili supper, face painting, a cake walk, raffles for both kids and adults, and even a cake walk. Administrator Stacey Ussery says, "Our facility is not the usual thing you might think of when you hear ‘Nursing Home’. We cater to each person’s individual needs when they live here and our whole staff understands that concept."
With a staff of 105 and 87 beds, they are usually almost fully occupied. This nursing and rehab center opened in 2003 with a newer style for nursing homes. They treat individuals in their care as a whole, not on a typical nursing home routine. Ussery said, "We de-institutionalize their care. They get their pills on schedule, but not as rigid as a hospital environment. They can have meals whenever they want them and are not on a hospital schedule. If someone wants a snack before bedtime or mid-day, the kitchen is open for them. They can even bring their own furnishings with them when they come to live here."
The residents are represented on a Committee that meets monthly to plan outings, parties, and special events. They have a van that can take them shopping, dancing, fishing at Beaver Fork or Woolly Hollow, and church services in-house with several churches that rotate. One of their favorite activities is Bingo. You can find a game going on at least three times a week and prizes of quarters are given—their favorite prizes.
Ussery went on to say, "If you listen to what they have to say, you learn what life is all about. They don’t focus on possessions. Their most prized possessions are family. Even in their sorrows, there is something to be learned." With an Activity Director, Dietary Manager, and Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists on staff, the needs of every individual can be tailored to their needs.
Residents and Staff have already begun decorating for their Hoe-Down and are eager to see you come to help them celebrate fall. With entertainment during supper furnished by guitarist Rick Martin of the Jacksonville group called Tragically White, followed by activities all over the Center, bring the whole family for a really great evening of fun.
Chili will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the games and fun will go on until 8:30 p.m. The Center is located on Wilson Farm Road across from Greenbrier City Hall.