Category: Assisted Living

Occupational Therapy Month: Spotlight

April is Occupational Therapy Month. We would like to highlight some of our talented teammates. Meet Jeff Givens, COTA/L.

Meet Jeff! He has been a therapist at Epworth Villa for 10 years and a practicing therapist for 15 years. Jeff shared his thoughts on why he loves working with the geriatric population, “I can relate more to this group and find it interesting to hear about their history. For example, living through world wars, The Great Depression, or The Dust Bowl.”

Jeff expressed he receives great satisfaction witnessing patients he works with come to him with overwhelming needs and leave the rehab department ready to go home and live independently again.

If you want to know more about the rehab department at Epworth Villa you can reach us at 405-752-1200.

Occupational Therapy Month: Spotlight

April is Occupational Therapy Month. We would like to highlight some of our talented teammates. Meet Amber Wright, OT.

Let’s meet Amber! She is an Occupational Therapist practicing 14 years and sharing her skills at Epworth Villa for the past 10. Amber says it may sound cliché but “I love helping patients get better and regain confidence in themselves.” As a student in her last rotation, Amber worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility and fell in love with this population. She shares, “this group of people has lived so much of life, and I learn something new all the time.”

A favorite success story of Amber’s is a patient who came to her with a devastating stroke. They worked hard together to help her succeed in her recovery and she was able to go home independently! Receiving a visit from her several months later, with a huge smile on her face, makes being a therapist so rewarding.

If you want to know more about Therapy at Epworth Villa give us a call at 405-752-1200.

Occupational Therapy Month: Spotlight

April is Occupational Therapy Month. We would like to highlight some of our talented teammates. Meet Jason Porterfield, COTA/L.

Let’s introduce Jason Porterfield! Jason has worked at Epworth Villa for 3 years and takes pride in being the youngest therapist on the team. He says he appreciates benefiting from their knowledge and feels blessed to have the opportunity to learn from each of them.

One of the things Jason enjoys about being a therapist is, “helping our patients thrive in achieving independence through meaningful activities.”  A favorite activity is meal preparation in the kitchen.  Teaching safety, energy conservation, and planning skills in the kitchen are one of the many benefits of occupational therapy.

If you would like to know more about the rehab team, reach out to us at 405-752-1200.

Occupational Therapy Month: Spotlight

April is Occupational Therapy Month. We would like to highlight some of our talented teammates. Meet Tara Ayers COTA/L.

Let’s meet Tara! She has been sharing her Occupational Therapy skills with the residents at Epworth for 10 years. As a therapist for 25 years, Tara says,” I enjoy working with my patients and coming up with new and safer ways for them to achieve the ability to do the things that they want to do in their lives more independently.  I just love my patients and learn so much from them too!”

Her first job was in a skilled nursing facility, “I thought I wanted to work with children, but I just fell in love with the older population and never left them.” Tara feels that everyone is a success story” and enjoys watching someone regain their independence through the therapy process.

If you would like more information about the rehab services at Epworth Villa please call 405-752-1200.

Occupational Therapy Month: Spotlight

April is Occupational Therapy Month. We would like to highlight some of our talented teammates. Meet Keli Boone, OT.

Keli has practiced Occupational Therapy with Epworth Villa for the past 10 years. When asked why she does what she does every day, she said, “I love to help people, and I love the friendships developed with my patients. I feel blessed to be able to have a job where I get to spread God’s love and help people every day.” Keli goes on to say, “when people leave my office feeling better than when they came in, I consider it to be a small miracle.”

When Keli was 15 years old, she had a job after school taking care of an elderly couple that lived close to her, that is when she fell in love with helping the geriatric population! Keli has a specialization in manual therapy technique and loves sharing her skills with our residents at Epworth Villa!

If you would like more information about the rehab services at Epworth Villa please call 405-752-1200.

Social Work Month – Spotlighting Courtnee

Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.

Meet Courtnee Williams. Courtnee is a rock star for Health Services and is in charge of the social services. She has a BS in Psychology and has 10 years experience in Long Term Care and Skilled Nursing. She is the point person for most families concerning the rehab progress, discharge plans, or barriers to progress. Families comment that she calls when she says she will and follows up on their concerns. Since COVID Courtnee has been exceptional in scheduling hundreds of face time visits, car visits, compassionate care visits and supervised face to face visits.

Health Services Administrator, Michelle Brown says that “There is nothing asked of her that she doesn’t give her all to complete. Courtnee is very valuable to us!”

We are #ThrivingTogether

Meet Angelia, PTA

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month at Epworth Villa, meet Angelia, PTA!

As a therapist for 26 years, she feels great joy helping others succeed with their therapy. We asked her to share one of her favorite success stories:
“A younger patient who had been to three other facilities basically had one last chance with his insurance. He initially refused and said “just give up on me” but I kept encouraging him and told him no, we weren’t giving up. In the beginning of his therapy, it took 5 people to assist him but at the end of his recovery, he was able to return home independently!”

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Celebrating our Physical Therapy Team at Epworth Villa, let’s meet Jeannie, PTA!

She has been serving the residents here for the past 9 years and celebrating her 26th year of being a therapist!
We asked Jeannie what she likes best about her job: “I like helping people and attempt to address the whole person (mind, body, spirit) as much as I can during the therapy process. I fell in love with working with the senior population because of the influence of my grandparents and the wealth of knowledge and history seniors have to share.”

A big thank you to all the therapists we have on campus! You keep us going, help us to achieve our goals and maintain our independence!