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July 4th Celebrations at Heartland and The Meadows

4Th Of July

Heartland | Thursday, June 25 | 5:30 pm

Invites you to attend the Independence Day BBQ this Thursday, June 25 at 5:30!  There will be lots of delicious food, good fellowship and entertainment.

Please call today to RSVP (615) 885-2320

Due to space, please limit guests to 2 per resident


The Meadows | Thursday, July 2 | 5:30 pm

Join friends, family and staff at The Meadows for a pre-July 4th Cook-Out on Thursday, July 2 5:30 pm.

Call today to RSVP (615) 646-4466

(3) Guests Only Please 

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Summer Safety Tips

water-toastThe summer is off to a sizzling start and it is clear the hot summer sun isn’t going anywhere soon! During the next couple of months it’s important to remember that seniors are particularly vulnerable to hot weather conditions. People over the age of 65 are more prone to heat stress than younger people for a couple of reasons: Seniors tend to have a harder time adjusting to sudden temperature changes and may also have a chronic medical condition that changes their body’s normal reaction to heat.

A third reason seniors are more vulnerable to heat is that some medications can affect the way the body reacts to hot temperatures by decreasing blood flow or preventing perspiration, both of which hinder the body’s natural ability to cool itself. Be sure to ask your doctor or physician what precautions they recommend. In the meantime, here are three ways you can stay healthy and informed for this summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated

 Studies indicate that seniors have 10% less fluid in their bodies compared to younger adults, so it’s important to be proactive about staying hydrated. Often one of the best ways to do this is by drinking small amounts of water throughout the day. Consider investing in a reusable water bottle, as they are a convenient and easy way to stay hydrated.

  1. Keep Cool

Air-conditioned and shady environments are the best ways to stay protected from heat. Additionally try to wear looser light-colored in natural fabrics like cotton.

  1. Know Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can occur when the body is unable to control its internal temperature. It’s always good to be aware of heat-stroke symptoms. Here are some to look out for:

  • A high temperature (above 103°F)
  • Flushed skin (no sweat)
  • A rapid pulse
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or nausea


Always remember that if you or someone in your care is experiencing any or all of these symptoms you should call for medical assistance immediately.

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Orthopedic Rehabilitation Success Story

Davidson 5.12.15 pic 1Mrs. Evelyn Davidson was admitted to Lakeshore Senior Living at The Meadows following a repair of fracture to the right hip. Therapy limitation were noted in mobility, gait, and transfers. These deficits limited her ability to safely perform activities of daily living and functional mobility. Physical therapy focused on increasing strength, balance, and mobility.  Occupational therapy focused on improving self-care that would allow her the independence to live at home.

Mrs. Davidson enjoyed her time at The Meadows, “Everybody’s been real sweet.” but she was excited about returning home to her husband.  They will spend the summer taking care of their garden and canning their fresh vegetables including squash, okra, corn and cabbage.

The team at The Meadows thanks Evelyn for allowing them to be a part of her success story!

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The Shermans Share a Father-Son Bond

8105052_GWSMV Channel 4 recently featured a story on Bill and Donny Sherman – a father and son who doctors said shouldn’t even be alive.  They both survived metastatic melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  For three decades, Dr. Bill Sherman was head past of Nashville’s Woodmont Baptist Church.  His son Donny taught Sunday School.

Today Donny is suffering the effects of intense radiation from a medical trial that once saved his life when he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 1988.  He resides at The Meadows, where a family member visits him every day of the week.

Click here to read the story in it’s entirety and to view the Channel 4 news story.

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Resident of the Month: Ura Reeves Robinson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUra Beatrice Reeves was born September 6, 1924 to Lera and John Reeves in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ura grew up in Murfreesboro and graduated from Kittrell High School with long time friend and Meadows resident Edith Cook.

After high school Ura attended Murfreesboro Business College. Upon graduation she went to work for the Department of Education in Nashville. In 1944 Ura met the love of her life, Billy Robinson, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Navy and visiting relatives. They were married on November 25, 1944.

After marriage Ura and Billy settled in Cannon County for six years where they had their two oldest children Mike and Marian. Then the family moved to Nashville and settled in Donelson. John and Greg were added to complete the family. Ura resided in Donelson for 50 plus years. In fact, Ura lived at Lakeshore Heartland Housing community and was in long-term care before coming to the Meadows for skilled care where she ended up staying.

Ura was a “hands on” mother and opted to be a stay home mom and raise her children. She was very involved in her children’s schools PTO programs. However, when her youngest child, Greg, was in high school she decided to work out of the home. She worked for the University of Tennessee at Nashville for many years.

Ura is sharp as a tack and an avid reader. In fact, she and life time friend, Edith Cook love to visit the library, and share their books. She has lived a full life.

Ura and Bill had 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; she was also an active member at Donelson Church of Christ for many years.

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A Month of Celebrations

National Nursing Home Week

It has been a month filled with activities at Lakeshore Senior Communities! In addition to celebrating the return of warm weather and Mother’s Day, we have honored our residents, the nurses who care for them, and our incredible staff who make a difference in their lives.  In the midst of all of the celebration, residents from our Independent Living community have been busy with lots of lots of fun activities. Some residents of Harpeth Meadows took in a Sound’s game at the new First Tennessee Park while others attended a special presentation by Dr. Carol Busy, a Nashville historian and Professor at Vol State. Meanwhile residents from Heartland Pointe enjoyed fellowship and great good at their annual picnic.

Thank You to Our Nurses!

National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12) is an annual celebration to recognize nursing professionals for their dedication & commitment and to show our appreciation for the contributions they make in health care and in the lives of those they help.

The Meadows and Heartland are blessed to have so many wonderful nurses who are dedicated to providing great care with understanding, patience and respect – while helping to make the lives of our residents rich and fulfilling. You are important part of our communities and we appreciate all you do!

National Nursing Home Week

National Nursing Home Week was created in 1967 to spotlight nursing home residents and staff and to encourage everyone to celebrate our elders who make such a positive difference in our lives. This week also gives us the opportunity to honor everyone who contributes to our Lakeshore Senior Living communities – our residents, family members, our staff and the many volunteers who take the time to make a difference in the lives of our senior residents.

Thanks to all who made these celebrations so special!

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Senior Discounts You Need to Know

Grocery-shoppingWe’ve updated our list of the most popular discounts offered to seniors in our area.  Be sure to get out there and save – and don’t forget to tell us about other discounts we didn’t include on our list!

Download Our List of Senior Discounts




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The Power of Appreciation

Man Holding WordLife is busy for everyone and while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hectic pace of daily life, it’s always nice to stop for a minute to show appreciation to a fellow co-worker or employee.

According to William James, a well-known psychologist and philosopher, “The deepest principle of human nature is craving to be appreciated.” Appreciation is a fundamental human need and we all enjoy being recognized for our contributions and accomplishments. Showing appreciation – whether through a sincere compliment, words of encouragement or simply with a smile, can make someone feel valued and appreciated. It can build confidence and self-esteem, boost spirit and purpose, increase satisfaction, and it can give a person energy and motivation to work harder and do more.

Remember, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter — that we all contribute in some way to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it.   So as you go through your day, remember to slow down long enough to say thank you or job well done to a co-worker or employee!

“May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” 2 Samuel 2:6

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Donna Finto-Burks, New Director of Nursing at The Meadows


Donna Finto-Burks has recently joined Lakeshore Senior Living Communities as the Director of Nursing at The Meadows. Donna comes to The Meadows with a background of both clinical and administrative nursing totaling more than 30 years of experience. Most recently she was the DON for a private company who contracted with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to manage 15 group homes. Prior to that she was responsible for supervising over 300 technicians and nurses as the DON for Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. She was selected to be a participant in the yearlong training with Leadership Tennessee.

A Few Words from Donna

We asked Donna to share a little about herself, including how she got into nursing and her favorite part of her job.

My interest in nursing began as a child when I heard our medical missionaries speaking at our church. I am grateful that a few years later I was able to join a mission team in Guatemala. Now, I am still mission minded looking forward to serving the Residents at Lakeshore Senior Living at The Meadows.

The favorite part of my job is being a part of a team who enjoys the benefits of respectful communication and passionate work ethic in the faces of our Residents on a daily basis. We are a blessed nation of people who have the gift of longevity. So how do we honor those who have received this gift? I believe Lakeshore has led the way and will continue to provide leadership in the best care needed for our aging population.

I want to thank my parents for their influence on my life for they were missionaries in Germany for 8 years. Also, I am grateful for my daughter who is a biology teacher living in Oakland, California. She is mission minded as well planning on introducing through School Juniors to Dominican Republic.

Please join us as we welcome Donna to Lakeshore!


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Celebrating Our Residents

Untitled2Sunday, April 26 is Resident Appreciation Day at the Meadows

Join us this Sunday, April 26 for an Open House as we celebrate all of the wonderful residents at The Meadows and Harpeth Meadows. Refreshments will be served and we’ll have music from pianist Caleb Stock.  Make plans to join us on the Sun Porch from 2:00 – 4:00.  We hope to see you there! 



DSCF1187Heartland Celebration Held on Sunday, April 19

Friends, family and staff gathered on Sunday, April 19 to honor all of the residents who call Heartland and Heartland Pointe home. It was a delightful day for our guests to spend time visiting with loved one, sharing stories and enjoying delicious food provided by our dietary staff.



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