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The Bridge at Monteagle held a volunteer appreciation brunch on Friday, April 11, to show their dedicated volunteers just how much they appreciate them.

The citizens at the facility worked on ‘thank you’ cards. They wrote down their thoughts of love and appreciation for the volunteers, and had the cards waiting for the volunteers on the table as they sat down to enjoy a delicious brunch.

The volunteers were so thankful to the citizens and staff for the event, as were they for all the volunteers do at The Bridge in Monteagle.

– Jessica Cook, Quality of Life Director

When a person comes to stay with us at The Bridge, the different departments all go and say ‘hello’ and welcome them to the facility.

There are always assessments that must be filled out and at times some of the citizens don’t want to answer questions, or choose not to. When there is an issue getting the information for the Quality of Life department, different people from the department will approach the resident at different times, in hopes they may respond more readily. On occasion, there are incidents where the individual may not be able to respond, and their family or friends aren’t available to help gather the information needed to deliver personalized care.

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I began the month of February with good intentions to post to the Chaplain’s Corner at the beginning of the month. Like everyone’s week, mine can get busy, chaotic, and all around out of hand. Thinking back to the beginning of the month, I had planned to have an encouraging reflection about love, because after all, that is what we think about most in February.

However, here we are a week after Valentine’s Day and I am just now posting this month’s reflection. Nevertheless, there is still time to live out the love that Valentine’s Day cards, flowers, and dates seek to show. In fact, we have an even greater opportunity to show the residents and staff here at the Bridge at Monteagle love.

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Kim Cole, Human Resource Director 

The Bridge at Monteagle would like to welcome Kim Cole to our facility family as the new human resource director. She is a native of Lake County Tennessee and has lived in Franklin County, Tennessee with her husband Donnie since 1995. Together they have a daughter, Ashleigh, who recently married. Kim manages her daughter’s music career and owns her own craft business, Over The Top Creations, in her spare time.

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It is my pleasure to serve the Bridge at Monteagle as the Director of Spirituality (chaplain). I make my home in Murfreesboro with my wife of 14 years and three children. We attend the New Vision Baptist Church there for community and ministry. I am a 2006 graduate of Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia with a master of Divinity Degree. For my undergraduate studies I attended Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee where I majored in history and minored in religion.

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The Bridge at Monteagle just had its in-house Christmas Parade, and the elves went a little crazy…

They stole Santa’s bike, but no worries – we rescued it in time for the parade. The elders were so excited to see the day begin with the different departments showing their holiday spirit with homemade floats. There were real and fake trees, snowmen, dancing teddy bears and even a train.

Santa, a.k.a. Chaplain Joel, led us through the halls as the staff followed behind, after he located his tricycle sleigh that some naughty CNA elves tried to dash away with. The elders later had a party, where cupcakes and cocoa were some of the sweet treats they enjoyed. The day was filled with Christmas sights, sounds and tastes.

All in all, our little home on top of the mountain was filled with love as the snow feel down this magical Monday. It was a great way to start our holiday week.

– Jessica Cook, Quality of Life Director

The first ever Elder Olympics was a true success.

Our elders had a great time and so did the staff. We kicked off the day with our teams taking their corners and showing their team spirit. The Olympics included a banner contest, team spirit contest, ‘minute to win it’ tissue-pulling contest, trivia, corn hole, and staff wheelchair race. I am sure all our guesst thought they had entered a sports arena when they entered the door that morning, as the cheers came pouring out of the dining room, and later the front hall became a drag strip lined with black and white flags and balloons.

The halls of the Bridge each showed their pride and a little competitiveness. East Hall were the Red Space Cowboys, Central Hall were the Yellow Pirates, West Hall were the Green Hornets and SCU were the Purple Giddy Ups. The day was so awesome, and by the end of it my voice was almost gone but my heart was filled with joy as my elders keep telling me how much fun they had.

Each player received a medal and they all wore them with pride. Our elders and staff are already discussing the next one.  It was an honor to be a part of the Monteagle Bridge’s first Olympic event and I know the next will be even better.

– Jessica Cook, QOL Director