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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

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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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Honoring Our Volunteers

FullSizeRender-1The Meadows hosted their annual Volunteer Luncheon on Friday, April 17 to honor the volunteers who give so graciously of their time and resources. This year’s luncheon featured special guest speaker Rudy Kalis, co-anchor of WSMV-4 Morning News Show.

Guests feasted on a delicious lunch while Rudy shared an inspiring and encouraging message. Rudy was very gracious to compliment The Meadows on the excellent Christian care his mom received while a resident here. A good time was had by all and our volunteers left feeling elevated and inspired.

Thanks to all who volunteer at both The Meadows and Heartland. Your impact is seen and felt everyday in our facilities.

“For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)


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Orthopedic Rehab Program at The Meadows

Gait training physical therapyThe Meadows offers a specialized orthopedic rehab program for skilled nursing patients as well as those individuals needing outpatient rehabilitation.

Orthopedic rehab plays an important role for patients after joint replacement surgery as it helps them to regain strength, ability and function. However, it is just as important for patients recovering from illness, surgery, or a hospital stay or for those needing treatment for significant arthritis or acute orthopedic conditions such as lower back pain, hip, or wrist fractures.

The Meadows’ team of licensed therapists are educated and trained on the latest technology, surgical approaches, protocols, and precautions and take a comprehensive approach with each client to ensure an effective treatment plan. They in conjunction with the patient’s physician will design a rehabilitation and care plan customized specifically for the individual receiving care.

Rehab patients at The Meadows have the advantage of using the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill for rehabilitation therapy. This revolutionary equipment is perfect for people with lower body injuries, chronic pain, or neurological conditions that inhibit mobility. The Meadows is one of the few facilities in Nashville to offer this state-of-the art treadmill for physical therapy.

Program Overview

Our program is focused on the following areas to ensure the greatest possible success for each patient:

  • Medical Management
  • Pain Management
  • Education
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Discharge Preparation

The benefit of our programs is the individualized care and team approach, with all members focusing on their area of clinical expertise. By working together, they can implement a comprehensive plan of care that addresses the entire patient’s unique needs, resulting in optimal patient outcomes.

Please call for more information about our skilled nursing orthopedic rehab or outpatient therapy programs (615) 646-4466.

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Coloring: Rediscovering a Joy from Childhood

The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-UpsDo you remember the excitement you felt as a child when you got a brand new coloring book and box of Crayola crayons? Skimming the book to find the perfect picture, deciding which shade of blue to color the sky and then being so determined to stay inside the lines! While it’s probably been years since many of you have colored, people all over the world are rediscovering this favorite childhood pastime.

Two of the 10 top-selling books on Amazon right now are coloring books for adults – Secret Garden and The Enchanted Forest, both by illustrator Johanna Basford. These coloring books, as well as many others hitting the market, contain highly detailed images of animals, gardens, and nature as well as ornate designs and patterns.

While this phenomenon has caught many by surprise – including publishers who’ve had to scramble to meet demand – research suggests that adults are turning to coloring as a way to release stress, boost creativity and even help improve sleep. According to psychologist, Gloria Martinez Ayala, “Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not our worries. It also brings out our imagination and takes us back to childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.”

In addition to reducing stress for many busy adults, coloring has also been shown to provide many benefits to senior citizens. In addition to helping to promote memories and recognition in the brain, coloring also helps to promote joint health and flexibility. Choosing a picture, a color, and holding and maneuvering a crayon are excellent exercises that promote mobility and connectivity between the brain and fine motor movement.

So in addition to being fun, coloring is good for everyone – not just kids! If you’re searching for a new way to unwind or a looking for an activity for that special senior in your life, visit your local bookstore and pick up one of these new coloring books for adults and a box of crayons or colored pencils. Happy coloring!



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Friends in Faith Discount Program at The Meadows

15-JAM-1460 Web Banner L2 lfFor more than 60 years Lakeshore Senior Communities have served thousands of families by providing senior living and healthcare services to the elderly. As a Christian non-profit organization, our mission is to provide for the physical needs of our residents while attending to the spiritual well being of everyone we serve.

Because of our emphasis on Christian values and mission, we have established the Friends in Faith Discount Program available only to members of Bellevue area churches. For a limited time, The Meadows is offering a $500 per month discount for the six months of private pay residency in a semi-private nursing room (30 day minimum stay).

Located in the Nashville suburb of Bellevue, The Meadows is proud to offer the following services and amenities for the comfort and convenience of our residents:

  • On-site management and 24-hour licensed nursing staff
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • Medical Director and On-Call Specialists
  • Podiatrist, Optometrist, Dermatologist, Dentist, Psychiatric Services
  • Pharmacy services, including delivery and medication reviews
  • Delicious, specialized nutrition programs overseen by a Registered Dietician
  • Hair Salon & Barber Shop
  • Library
  • A robust activities calendar
  • Seasonal events for residents and families
  • Free scheduled transportation for appointments
  • Quarterly family care plan meetings and monthly family council meetings
  • On-site chapel with Sunday worship and weekly devotional services

If you know of an elderly person who could benefit from 24-hour care in a warm, Christian environment, call us today for additional information or to schedule a tour.

Greta Mullinax or Rhonda Furlough at (615) 646-4466.

By providing this discount, we hope to serve those who will benefit from the compassionate care of our professional staff and enjoy being a part of a community where we strive to have Christ at the center of all we do.

This offer is available for a limited time and is subject to approval by Lakeshore Senior Communities Administration. To receive the Friends in Faith discount, an application with a recommendation by an authorized church leader must be submitted. This offer is applicable to new admissions only and is not retroactive. Current residents are not eligible for this discount.


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Caregiving: Tips for Maintaining Balance

iStock_000009374798SmallAccording to AARP, there are approximately 66 million Americans caring for a child and a parent at the same time.   Fittingly named the “Sandwich Generation”, many of these adults are squeezed between their aging parents or relatives, their children and their careers. Trying to balance all of these roles can trigger several different emotions and create many challenges, which can ultimately lead to emotional stress.

As a caregiver, it is important to take care of yourself and maintain balance in order to reduce burnout and stay healthy. Here are a few tips for helping to maintain balance and lessen stress:

Ask for help – while it is sometimes difficult to ask for help, you may be surprised to find that family members or close friends are very willing to pitch in and help. Make a list of tasks that others can assist you with, such as grocery shopping, taking your loved one to an appointment or just sitting with them for awhile so you can have some time to yourself.

Take care of your own needs – it is important that you take time to relax, that you stay social and that you take care of your physical needs. Don’t skip an exercise class or your hair appointment and don’t miss out on the new movie you’ve been waiting to see. Taking time for activities you enjoy can help you feel better and reduce stress.

Create healthy habits – be sure to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. Eat right, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and keep up with your own health by going to the doctor and dentist as needed.

Find a support network – remember there are other people in like situations experiencing similar emotions to you. Join a caregiver’s support group, talk to a counselor or your minister at church. It is important to deal with your feelings and one of the best ways to do that is to talk about them.

Take advantage of community services – be sure to take advantage of community services that are available to help caregivers. Many times these services are covered by insurance or the cost is based on ability to pay. Available services may include adult day care, home health aides, respite care, and transportation services.

Remember the challenges of caring for a parent or loved one is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. With the right help and support, you can be a good caregiver without having to sacrifice yourself in the process.

The Meadows offers respite care for caregivers who need to take a vacation or need a short break from caregiving. Short-term stays are based on space availability. Call today for more details (615) 646-4466.


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