Articles tagged with: continuing care


Music and Memory

Music and Memory

Dementia can feel like a roller coaster ride. There are high peaks and low points, nervous feelings about what could be ahead and even sometimes having the urge to scream. Over five million Americans suffer from dementia daily. Some common symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, confusion, short attention span, lack of motivation, and depression.

Westhills Health Care has recently undergone certification to begin our Music and Memory Program. Music and Memory is a non-profit organization that uses music therapy to stimulate the minds of those trapped in the confines of dementia. The organization’s mission is to provide access to music and to educate communities about music therapy and the benefits it can have. The hope is to give personalized therapeutic music to improve standard of living and care within the health care industry.

iPods are being prepared for residents to listen to music that they love. Westhills is eager to see the results from integrating this program within our Health Care Community. There have been some amazing benefits with participants of this program. We are hoping to unlock closed minds by introducing music to our residents.

To learn more about this program check out the links below.

Music and Memory Website:
Alive Inside Documentary:


Home Health Services - from Jody Towey

Home Health Services - from Jody Towey

My name is Jody Towey and I am the Westhills Village Home Health Director and Services Coordinator. I have worked at Westhills Village for 19 years! I was hired at Westhills Assisted Living in 1997 and worked as an LPN while I completed my RN degree. In 2000, I transferred to home health and worked as a staff nurse for 1.5 years until I was offered the director position. Prior to working at Westhills Village, I completed 9 years of experience working in other long term care facilities and have also worked with developmentally disabled children.

We believe that independence is a wonderful thing! Our services can help offer that to you. We pride ourselves in having dedicated and caring team, our staff includes nurses, aides and therapists that can assist our clients in a variety of ways. Our staff offers passion in our work while proving assistance to our Westhills clients and the Rapid City community. Our agency at Westhills carries out physician’s directed coursed of treatment. We work with Medicare for rehabilitative services that meet their directives. Our staff assists you in the comfort of your home. Not only do we assist in rehabilitation, we also offer our time to make your life easier! Our philosophy is designed to keep you independent, happy, and in your home as long as possible. By utilizing our offered services, you will have more energy to focus on the social aspects that Westhills and life have to offer!


  • Meal Preparation
  • Washing Dishes
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Dry Cleaning, Personal Laundry, Ironing
  • Changing Linens
  • Grocery and Personal Shopping
  • Secretarial Services (Mail Handling/Reading and Writing )

Personal Assistance

  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Hair Care
  • Hand/Foot Care (non-diabetics)

Health Management by Registered Nurses/Therapists

  • Physical Assessments
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Vital Checks
  • Labs (Specimens/Blood Samples)
  • Medication Instruction and Set-Up
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

Exercise Assistance

Something you may not have known is that our agency offers transportation. We can take you to your doctor’s appointments, shopping, visiting a loved one, run errands and more. Preference is given to those requiring assistance to medical appointments. Fees are based off of time and distance, information can be found at the Reception Desk. Contact us by calling the Reception Desk at 605-342-0255 and ask for our Home Health Director for more information.

Have a great day!
Jody Towey, RN


Wellness at Westhills

Wellness at Westhills

My name is Erin Smith and I currently hold the position of Wellness Director here at Westhills Village. I have been at Westhills Village for 3 years. Prior to joining the team at Westhills Village, I was the Aquatics Specialist for the City of Rapid City. I hold a degree in Recreation Management with extensive training in Exercise Science and Sports Management.

Did you know that everyone who has joined the deferred waiting list is invited to participate in our Connections Program? This includes FREE participation in all wellness programs, exercise classes and use of the swimming pool and fitness center. You are also invited to attend any of our scheduled activities. Just by being on the waiting list to come to Westhills Village in the future, you are invited and encouraged to begin participating in events and wellness.   

Our Connections program offers you the opportunity to engage in our many programs and activities before you move in.  We invite you to meet with our wellness department to learn about how you can access the amenities offered at Westhills such as a state of the art fitness center, beautiful swimming pool, exercise classes, and game room.

We are all composed of mind, body and spirit.  At Westhills Village, we strive to offer many different activity and event choices. Every individual has the right to live life to its fullest potential.  Our goal is to create opportunities for all residents to enjoy life as independently as possible long into the future.  Personal wellness is a never-ending lifelong journey built upon life experiences, self-awareness, and education. 

Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The model used by Westhills Village includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to our own quality of life.

What are you waiting for?

Erin Smith

Wellness Director


When is the Right Time?

When is the Right Time?

Clients often ask me the question of when is the right time is to join our deferred waiting list. My advice is always that if Westhills Village is even a possibility at any point in the future, there is no such thing as joining too soon. For one deposit, you can join the waiting list for multiple sizes and types of units. If your name comes up and you aren't ready to make the move, you can decline without losing your place on the list. The deposit is also 100% refundable at any time if you change your mind.

We currently have a waiting list on most sizes of apartments and Villas, with the exception usually being one-bedroom units. In addition, future residents may have special preferences when it comes to location. Joining the waiting list early helps to give you the most opportunities to find the perfect Apartment or Villa.

I would also invite you to come and tour Westhills Village if it's been awhile since you've been here. With the completion of our building project, we have so many wonderful new additions like our swimming pool, fitness center, theater and game room. Retirement living has never been better at Westhills Village and we would be delighted to show you around. Also, as a member of our deferred waiting list, you are granted full access to our wellness facilities, programs and activities.
If you don't know where to begin to think about retirement, we invite you to come and begin the conversation with us.

We realize you have a choice in retirement living and we would love to be part of your planning process.

Thanks for reading!

Connie Forstner