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Audrey Hepburn and Friends

Audrey Hepburn


Residents and staff alike enjoyed dressing up and hamming it up on June 30th, 2015. You could almost see Ms. Hepburn doing Breakfast at Tiffany’s and telling everyone to “Drink up, Darlins”. Sunny, our MDS coordinator and Mrs. Siegmund get in the moment with a picture of Audrey Hepburn looking on. This was just one of the many photographs taken of our celebrity residents!

In Appreciation – A Resident’s Letter to Giddings’ Staff

In early September I was admitted to the Giddings Residence and Rehab center.  We were given the name of the center by the hospital as one closest to our home that had the tracheotomy supplies and oxygen set up that I needed.  My husband toured the facility and was please.  Everyone was very nice.

I had partial removal of the tongue repaired with muscle from the left arm and skin graft from the left leg.  I arrive by ambulance and was immediately situated and care for with kindness and professional care.

This continued with all the nurses, aides, therapists and the administration.  The physical therapist got me up and walking again, first with a cane then on my own, and continued to work to strengthen my leg.  The occupational therapist continued to work with me to strengthen my hand and arm after the cast was removed.  The speech therapist worked with me constantly to improve my speech and help me learn how to swallow again.

The nurses and aides have all been kind, considerate and progression al the administrative staff have always responded quickly and efficiently to all of my concerns and questions.  The administration and staff all work together well and it extends to the patient.  It is a well-run facility with a fantastic staff and I will be most happy to recommend it to everyone.

Patricia Barnes

PS:  I cannot say enough good things about this facility, the people to run it, and the fantastic staff.  They really care and show it in a hundred different way.  I am particularly indebted to the management who have gone beyond normal limits to make this facility available to my wife.  I do appreciate your efforts and the exceptional care that my wife has received.

Ernest Barnes

Congratulations, Koneko Jackson!

Giddings Nurse Honored as Nurse of the Year by Texas Health Care Association

Summary: Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to announce that Koneko Jackson has been presented with the 2014 Nurse of the Year Award by the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) at their 2014 Annual Conference held in Dallas. 

DALLAS – October 28th, 2014 – Giddings Residence and Rehab is pleased to announce that Koneko Jackson, LVN, has been presented with the 2014 Nurse of the Year Award by the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) at their 2014 Annual Conference held in Dallas. 

The Nurse of the Year Award is given every year to recognize outstanding nurses working in long term care facilities.  Recipients are selected based on their innovative approach in dealing with resident and staff issues, and in the delivery of nursing care in the long term care setting. Nominees have shown a dedication to continued professional growth in the long term care nursing field.

Koneko Jackson is a Licensed Vocational Nurse who has been at Giddings for 18 years.  She works primarily with residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in the facility’s specialized Heritage Memory Care program.  The Heritage program is offered in more than ten skilled nursing facilities throughout Texas and offers superior 24/7 care in an environment of exceptional dignity and comfort for seniors.

Koneko’s role includes understanding the physical changes that occur from the progression of dementia, as well as offering the emotional support residents require. Her ability to provide an individualized and empathic approach helps residents to lead happier, more dignified, and fulfilling lives. 

Michelle Clemmons, Administrator of Giddings Residence, says, “This award is well deserved.  Koneko is not only a highly skilled nurse, she is hardworking, compassionate, and a champion for residents’ rights who touches many lives. All of our residents benefit from her devotion and dedication.” The Director of Nursing at Giddings Residence, Debralee Williams, adds, “Koneko is detail-oriented and always quick to communicate with families and physicians to ensure her residents receive excellent care.” 

Sunny Woelfel is a nurse at Giddings Residence who works alongside Koneko.  Her grandfather is also a resident living in the facility’s Heritage wing.  “There is no greater comfort than knowing Koneko is caring for my grandfather,” explains Sunny.  “She truly makes a difference every day.” 

The entire Giddings family is proud of Koneko’s achievement earning the 2014 Nurse of the Year Award. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Welcome, Joyce!

Please help us welcome the newest member of our Heritage team, Joyce Phillips. Joyce lives in Rockdale with her husband, Michael, who happens to be our Medical Records Director. She has extensive experience in activities and therapeutic recreation. We look forward to the new and innovative ideas Joyce will bring to our residents!!!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

August Rehab Star

This month’s rehab star is Janet Colley.  Janet has been working with our Occupational Therapy team to learn important skills which will help her regain her independence.  Focusing on activities of daily living, Janet is working on mastering different activities such as dressing, bathing, and transferring.  At each and every session, Janet works so hard and is always motivated to do her best.  Even when she is taking a break from therapy, she still encourages others to strive for their goals as well. We can always count on Janet to cheer on her peers and say “You can do it!  Don’t give up!”  She truly practices what she preaches.  Keep up the good work Janet. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES