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“Always think positive, go to church, and stay very close to God,” wise words from resident, Ms. Glenda Long. Ms. Long was born in 1945 to Lottie Elsa and Leroy Walker in Jefferson County. Both parents worked very hard at running the family farm. Lottie Elsa canned food, worked tobacco, planted and harvested the vegetable garden, did all the cleaning, cooking, and laundry for the family. Glenda’s father, Leroy Walker, worked with the dairy cows on the farm and bailed hay, while maintaining the additional areas of the farm. The family rented out a small home on their land to the Rhodes family, who had two children. Together the Rhodes children and Glenda played outdoors, laying in the sun, playing dolls, and sharing meals together, and they became close friends over time. One of the funniest memories Ms. Glenda recalls is dressing up as a hobo for Halloween and enjoying the laughter that it created. While young, she also took piano lessons and eventually began to play the piano at churc...

If you get a chance, stop by and say hello to Ms. Nancy Hightower. Most likely, you will be engaged in a conversation with her about her wonderful family and what a great life she leads. If she is not around, you may find her at church, playing bingo, or attending music programs.

Ms. Hightower has a rich family heritage. She was born in Tazewell, Tennessee, on her family’s farm on April 16, 1923 to Topsey Etter and Amos Williams. Topsey Williams, Nancy’s mother, worked around the farm, and the thing Nancy remembers most is her apple butter recipe. The family also owned a dairy farm where they hand-milked each cow and sold milk to other residents of Tazewell. Amos, Nancy’s father, worked alongside Topsey taking care of the farm and later working in the mines. Nancy grew up hunting and fishing around the farm with her three brothers Johnny, Clarence, Lebert and four sisters Betty King, Elizabeth Carroll, Flora Holt, and Maxie Taylor. In 1939 when Nancy was 16, the family purchased their f...

The Green House Homes at Jefferson Park at Dandridge are unique among skilled nursing care. On-site we offer three cottages, with duly certified beds. Each cottage has 10 private rooms, private baths, den and dining areas. Spa rooms provide beautician and therapy services as well as a luxury bathing area. We are not typical assisted living facilities, but instead provide personalized skilled nursing care. The Green House homes were established in 2006 and are the first of the kind in Tennessee to provide this environment, while dramatically improving the quality of daily life for elders.

Unprecedented Elder Life

The setting of a Green House is akin to your own home.  Upon arrival you ring the doorbell and wait to be greeted by a Jefferson Park at Dandridge Greenhouse team member.  Once inside the home, you are greeted with an open concept community living space which boasts a hearth, entertainment such as television or books, kitchen and eating area. Each bedroom may be personalized by t...

Catherine Ellen Swinford Stitt represents August’s Resident of the Month at Jefferson Park. Born November 7, 1946, Catherine was raised in Clinton, Tennessee. Ms. Stitt says that her earliest memory is meeting her father at the age 3, after he married her mom and then decided to adopt her. Catherine has had a great life, which included meeting Douglas Stitt while in school. Douglas joined the Navy when Catherine went to college, and the two remained in touch by frequently writing letters to each other. Four years after they started as Pen Pals, they were married in the Philippines. One of Catherine’s fondest memory is having dinner with Elvis Presley in the Philippines. She recalls that he was very nice and polite, and he even bought their dinner. Catherine raised a family of three sons: Douglas, David, and Dwight. While working as a Deputy Sheriff in Anderson County, TN, Catherine she saw a real-life shootout, and said it is not anything like what happens on TV, there is no backup cal...

June 13, 2018

The importance of physical therapy for seniors can't be understated. Seniors who suffer from chronic pain or who are recovering from illness or injury can experience enormous benefits from customized physical therapy, which can help restore or enhance flexibility, balance, coordination, and strength. While Physical Therapy is often prescribed for the elderly who have had an injury due to a fall, it can also be used as a general way to improve overall physical and mental health. 

Types of Physical Therapy for Seniors

There are several different types of physical therapy that may be employed to best meet the health goals of the individual. These types of physical therapy include cold therapy, which can be used to treat swelling and inflammation with short stints of ice massage and compression. Alternatively, heat therapy is used to improve blood circulation or to loosen stiff joints by applying heat packs to specific areas of the body. Hydrotherapy utilizes water to promote relaxation, tis...

May 25, 2018

Established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), National Skilled Nursing Care Week, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, has been a tradition the week beginning with Mother’s Day.  The week provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care facilities in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.  The 2018 National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) theme was announced as “Celebrating Life’s Stories.”

Jefferson Park at Dandridge was excited for this year’s NSNCW and held several events for both our elders and our staff.  The week kicked off with a Mother’s Day brunch followed by some bingo fun on Sunday, May 13th.  Throughout the week, we had several events, such as employee appreciation events, movie marathons, social activities, and various celebrations of life.  Our week of festivities ended on Saturday, May 19th with watermelon on the front porch of our community.

Here’s a full list of Jefferson Park a...