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April Community News

  • April 4 Wellness Program “learning hand Massage”
  • April 5 National Walk Day- Poker walk from 8:30am-10:30am
  • April 5 Info Program “The State of the City with Mayor Allender
  • April 6 Trip to Deadwood
  • April 6 Meditation Practice
  • April 6 Matinee “The Monkey Kingdom”
  • April 8 Open Swim
  • April 10 Mini Concert
  • April 10 PiYo
  • April 10 Yoga
  • April 11 Out to Lunch
  • April 11 Great Courses
  • April 12 Cooking Demo for Apartments/Villas
  • April 13 Caramel Roll Sale
  • April 13 Cooking Demo for South Assisted Living
  • April 14 Line Dancing
  • April 15 Hike in the Hills “Roughlock Falls”
  • April 16 Easter Sunday Dinner
  • April 17/18 Fitness Assessments
  • April 19 Mix N Mingle
  • April 20 Putting Skills and Drills
  • April 20 - Birthday/Anniversary
  • April 24 WHV Book Club
  • April 26 Volunteer Appreciation Gathering
  • April 27 Putting Tournament
  • April 27 Dart Tournament
  • April 27 - Wellness Kickoff meeting
  • April 29 Open Swim

February Community Events

What's happening at Westhills in February?

Feb 6 to 14th Secret Valentine Program- (Healthcare)

 Secret Valentine party at 2:30 (Healthcare)

February 9th birthday party (Healthcare)

Feb 9 – Valentine’s Dinner  (Independent Living)

Feb 14 - Valentines Social  (Clarkson)

Feb 15 – Cooking Demo (Independent Living)

Feb 15 – Cooking Demo at South

Feb 22 – Socials for Healthcare & South

February 25th- Rush Night All employees and Residents are invited to attend the Rush Game.  Tickets can be purchased in HR

Feb 28th- Congratulations to Maxine Mullivan on her Retirement.  Maxine has been with Westhills Village for 33 years.  She will be missed

March 1st- Groundbreaking for the New Assisted Living

March 33rd- Parking lots in C,D,E will be closed.  Thank you in advance for you cooperation

Mar 13th-17th –Ethnic Cuisine Week in Copper Creek Dining



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


Biscuit Spirals - Cooking with Susan

Biscuit Spirals - Cooking with Susan

These Biscuit Spirals are a great sweet treat for a fun breakfast, or a snack with your afternoon coffee! Many of you know Susan as a friendly face in our Westhills Health Care, but she is also quite the entertainer! Her latest recipe is one that her family loves. At Westhills we strive to make each day a blessing and to live life to the fullest, as you can see, we do just that within our cooking demos! Enjoy these tasty twists that will have your sweet tooth begging for a second serving!

Biscuit Spirals
2 C. All Purpose Flour
2 TBSP Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Salt
½ C. Butter (shortening)
1 Beaten Egg
½ C. Milk
1 TBSP Butter, Melted
3 TBSP Brown or Granulated Sugar (Or Cinnamon Sugar)

Glaze (Optional)
1 C. Sifted Powdered Sugar
4-5 tsp Milk

450 Degrees
10 Minutes

In a mixing bowl stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in ½ cup shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make well in center. Combine egg and milk, add all at once to dry mixture. Stir until dough clings together. Knead gently on lightly floured surface for 12-15 strokes. Roll dough into 15x8 inch rectangle.

Brush the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Then sprinkle your choice of brown sugar, granulated sugar, or cinnamon sugar over the butter. Fold the dough in half to make a 15x4 rectangle. Cut into 15-16, 1 inch strips. Hold the strip at both ends and twist in opposite directions twice, forming a spiral. Place on lightly greased baking sheet, pressing both ends down. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. If desired, combine powdered sugar to 4-5 teaspoons milk, until it reaches to a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm biscuits. Makes 15-16 spirals.

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