By Felicia Farnsworth

Southern Springs Healthcare and Rehab was founded 27 years ago, in October of 1994. Their vision of reaching and serving this community with specialized nursing and rehabilitative services is still going strong.

Kristy Tanner, the administrator, stated, “We haven’t been able to do much with the community due to the strict CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The once-bustling facility had to close its doors to outside visitors for over a year and a half to keep the residents safe from the virus.

Pre-Covid, the residents were very active with the community. They hosted several fundraisers, including one for Breast Cancer Awareness. Now the residents attend area churches via ZOOM meetings for their worship services. Southern Springs Healthcare provides several amenities for its residents.

These include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, skilled nursing services, medication disbursement, and everyday living activities. The facility also offers Out-Patient Physical Therapy services with Mr. Phillip Whatley. Most residents residing at Southern Springs Healthcare average between the ages of 70-75; however, its eldest resident, whom Tanner calls “a spitfire,” is 103 years young.

This small business highlight comes at an opportune time. This Saturday, August 21, 2021, happens to be National Senior Citizens Day. This holiday was created in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan issued a promulgation declaring August 21 as the National Day of the Third Age.

President Reagan thought it was important to have a day to celebrate the achievements of senior citizens. This day is meant to show our appreciation for all our elders do and raise awareness of the conditions that many older people live in. Senior citizens often face most difficulties on their own and may suffer from health or economic issues.

The best way to celebrate this holiday is to reach out to the elders in your family or community and have a conversation with them, spend time with them, and listen to their stories. You can also take them to their favorite restaurant or cook them their favorite meal.

Another good way is to help them with everyday chores around the house that they may not be able to do on their own.

The residents at Southern Springs Healthcare would be open to receiving pen-pals. If you are interested in becoming a pen-pal, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tanya McKinnon in the Activities Department at 334-738-5590 for more information.

“Please don’t forget about us! We miss being able to go out in the community, but we are looking forward to the re-opening of the community,” stated Tanner.

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