St. James Bay Rehab Center holds open house

Chasity Wardwell looked “Christmassy” in her red pajamas and striped red shoes.

Chasity Wardwell looked “Christmassy” in her red pajamas and striped red shoes.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 14:06 PM.

 

The St. James Health and Rehabilitation Center kicked off the holidays Saturday with an open house.

The holiday season is already looming large there, with a turkey dinner planned for Thanksgiving in which and residents’ families may reserve a private dining room and bring their own holiday meal.

There are also trees to be decorated and crafty activities in the works.

Admissions Director and Medicaid Specialist Theresa Mickens led a tour of the facility. The home was clean and cheerful decorated with residents’ art. Smiling oldsters interacted with the staff and engaged them in conversation.

Administrator Brenda Smith said the rehabilitation center employs more than 150 workers, many of whom are county residents.

In addition to assisted living, St. James offers outpatient occupational, speech and physical therapy services. Smith said the center is partnering with Gulf Coast State College to offer training for certified nursing assistants.



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