Kelsey Adams, Quality of Life Director, at Rockcastle Care and Rehabilitation recounts their story below:
“Every great story starts with a humble beginning and ours is no different. Rockcastle Health & Rehabilitation Center is located in the quaint town of Brodhead, KY. They who live here have backgrounds ranging from farming to small town business owners. Our Elders grew up in a simpler time where food was grown and clothes were made. This type of lifestyle is ingrained into every aspect of their life.
It is no small task to take on culture change. We purchased a greenhouse and all of the necessary supplies to start it up. We have a small courtyard that was hardly ever used and was in need of a lot of TLC. After the greenhouse was built amazing things started to happen; Elders began going outside to work in the greenhouse and Stakeholders from different departments began assisting with the courtyard.
The courtyard draws a crowd of Elders, family members, and Stakeholders almost every day, especially now that we have three new additions to the RHRC family. Three baby bunnies were donated to our home from Tony Bullock who is a local farmer and thanks to his wife, our Administrator; they received a nice house to live in. The Elders named them Tippy Toes, Shelby, and Sweet Pea. They are a huge hit with everyone that comes into our home. Several family members will get a bunny from their cage for their loved ones to pet in their rooms and even some of the Elders will pick them up and sit with them outside petting them.
Kenneth Adams, who lived his life as a local dairy farmer, has become our “rabbit guru”. He feeds the rabbits by hand almost every day. His daughter, Lavada Adams, has donated different varieties of flowers. Kenneth has taken responsibility to plant them and take care of everything. He recently has started growing carrots for the rabbits. Julie Hammons who is a SRNA here says, “I’ve seen a change in him since he came back from the Elder vacation and the rabbits arrived. He is a human being again. He just glows.”
Sometimes the biggest obstacle to redefining culture lies within ourselves. We measure everything we do in terms of “greatness”. In our frustration it’s easy to miss the smallest of victories that nudge us down the path of growth and change.
Kenneth is celebrating his passion and purpose. There is nothing that can ever become more “great” than that.