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  • Welcome to The Waters!

    The minute you enter the door, you’ll discover compassionate and attentive staff dedicated to providing you with exceptional care. The Waters offers comprehensive medical, memory care, and rehabilitative therapy services addressing a wide range of clinical needs. Both short-term patients and long-term residents alike receive the expertise needed to achieve their fullest potential. Whether you’ll soon be heading back home, or are here to stay, you’ll be glad you chose The Waters.

  • Location, Services and Amenities

    Nestled in a rolling landscape near majestic Roan Mountain State Park, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty that contributes toward healing. The hollows and ridges of this beautiful area include towering hardwood forests, flowing creeks and rivers along with an abundance of blooming pink rhododendron in the warmer months. Medically you’ll find everything from long-term skilled nursing and pain management to memory care and rehab-to-home programs. Additional amenities include: shared or private rooms, a full activity calendar, chaplain visits and worship services.

  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to be a leader in providing passionate, quality care focusing on the particular needs and expectations of residents and their families. We are dedicated to a healthy environment that promotes confident communication, honor and collaboration among all members of the resident, family and healthcare team.

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At The Waters, we understand the transition to a skilled nursing facility can be difficult for the resident and loved ones, whether for a short term rehabilitation stay or long term care. Our goal is to ensure the families have peace of mind knowing their loved on is safe and in good hands.

The Water’s team of professionals offers comprehensive healthcare services to meet the individualized needs of the resident, ranging from short term rehabilitation services to caring for clinically-complex residents.

  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Care
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • Memory/Alzheimer’s Care
  • Care for Clinically-Complex Residents
  • On Site Physician Services
  • Nutritional Management
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • IV Treatments
  • Individualized Care Plans
  • Hospice Care
  • Respite Care

Comprehensive Rehab-to-Home Program

At The Waters, our Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Programs are dedicated to ensure our patients with a timely return to normal activities of daily life. We offer personalized rehab and therapy programs to aid recovery. Our licensed therapists offer the most aggressive advanced therapies to accommodate your needs.

Rehabilitation Services Provided:

  • Post Stroke Rehab Program
  • Post-Surgical Treatments
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Pulmonary Disorders
  • Vascular Conditions
  • Post Acute Cardiac Rehab Care
  • Hip Replacement Programs
  • Knee Replacement Programs
  • Wound Care
  • Individualized Rehab Plan of Care
  • Out Patient Services Available

And a variety of other rehab services.

Skilled Nursing Care

Comprehensive medical care is provided by our team of professionals. Each resident has his or her own individualized plan of care that is delivered by our interdisciplinary team. Our skilled nursing services is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our services range from assistance with activities of daily living to caring for the clinically complex residents.

  • 24-hour skilled nursing
  • Individualized Plan of Care
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • Advanced Wound Care
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Respiratory Care
  • IV treatments
  • Pain Management
  • Bariatric Care
  • Hospice Care
  • And a variety of other services

Memory / Alzheimer’s Care

We believe that all residents regardless of any cognitive limitations are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect in a manner that emphasized individual strengths and promotes self-esteem. Family and Friends are an integral part of a resident’s quality of life and deserve education, support, and consideration for their unique involvement.

  • Secure and Safe Environment
  • Psychological Services
  • Behavioral Management Programs
  • Medication Management
  • Activity Programs
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Family Support

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Come Join Our Team

The Waters needs dedicated team members who believe in providing outstanding QUALITY OF CARE and DEDICATION TO OUR RESIDENTS. Credit for this goes to everyone in the organization. We hope you will find satisfaction and take pride in your work here. As a member of our team, you will be expected to contribute your talents and energies to further improve the environment and quality of the company.

A comprehensive benefit package includes:

  • Excellent Pay
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Paid Birthdays
  • Paid Vacation Time-Cash Out Option
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Bonus Programs-Attendance, Weekend Program, Rising Star
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life insurance plans
  • Disability plans
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • And much more…
The Waters is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Currently available jobs are below. Please click a link to apply.

In the News


Case Managers Week Case Managers Week

Left to right: Jessica Holsclaw, Director of Admissions & Marketing , Amanda Armstrong Case Manager, Michelle Sommers Case Manager, and Crystal Johnson Case Manager Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton , TN.
Left to right: Robbie Wilson, Nursing Supervisor New Leaf, Shirley Rhudy , RN , Amanda McNabb Case Manager, Brenda Laney , Dr. Patel New Leaf / Geropsych at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

CMS Five Star Rating

The Waters of Roan Highlands Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Receives a Deficiency-Free Annual Recertification

Deficiency Free Award “We’re delighted to share this news with our patients, families, and medical partners throughout the community,” stated Cody Clark, LNHA. “Our staff strives daily to deliver the best care possible to our patients – their consistent dedication and hard work helped us achieve this recognition.”

All nursing homes in the State of Tennessee are subject to state licensing standards determined through regular inspections termed, “surveys”. They are conducted on an unannounced basis by the staff of the Health Care Facilities division of the Department of Health in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Health Care Association’s website, “surprise inspections typically consist of a team of three to five inspectors who spend several days in the facility. Tennessee’s survey system is designed to make sure that long-term care facilities meet professional quality standards and that care is provided in a clean, safe, and properly managed environment.

Ollis celebrates 102nd birthday week at the Waters of Roan Highlands

Elizabethton Star - April 7th 2017

ollis There’s never a dull moment when talking to Joda Ollis. For over a century, Ollis has continued to bring joy to people of North Carolina and Tennessee. Currently residing at the Waters of Roan Highlands in Roan Mountain, the Power Mill native has had a busy with friends, family, and staff celebrating her 102nd birthday, which is Monday, April 10.
"Friends coming in, and doing activities here … just enjoying it," Ollis responded with a smile Friday evening when asked about how she’s celebrated the week.
Activities are something Ollis enjoys. Whether it’s the weekly Bible studies, service on Sunday or bingo, Ollis always puts a smile on the faces she comes in contact with on a daily basis. "When she meets someone, they come back to talk with her," Sandra Birchfield with Roan Highlands said. "They just love her to death." The feeling is mutual, according to Ollis.
"They’ve been wonderful," she said about the staff at Roan Highlands. "Everybody’s been wonderful. This is such a good place to be. I’ve been here seven years the first of December, and I don’t think you could be in a better place. We have a wonderful staff here, wonderful nurses, CNA workers, and housekeepers. They’re all wonderful." Ollis was born on April 10, 1915, and joyfully recalls her experiences growing up.
"We had no electricity, no running water, no plumbing, carried water from the spring, churned the milk to make our butter, milked the cows, slopped the hogs, fed chickens, carried in firewood," Ollis rattled off. "We had no televisions, no computer, no internet … 19 E wasn’t hard-topped yet, it was a gravel road."
Ollis then came across the mountain later in life to live in Elizabethton for many years.
"I lived in Elizabethton for 39 years thought," Ollis said. "My husband (Stokes) built highways, a lot of these interstates you travel on, he helped build. For 30 years."
While remembering different items throughout her life, including the first Model T Ford, the Missionary Baptist always enjoys discussing her faith.
"I was raised in a Christian home," she said. "I had a great mother and father, and we had a great home."
Ollis attributes her health to God and encourages the public to always keep Him first in their lives.
Even though Ollis enjoys the activities at Roan Highlands, there’s always time to come up with a poem.
In her spare time, Ollis weaves together different poems discussing various topics. Whether it’s her life, different events or weather, it all brings a positive vibe into the facility.
"It’s all related to something good," she said. Everything I write." During Friday’s discussion, Ollis cited from memory her latest poem, titled The Four Seasons:
"God gave us four beautiful seasons, summer, winter, spring and fall And the one I like very best is springtime; it’s the most beautiful of them all
We look out and see the little flowers, sticking their heads up out of the cold dark earth
And the robins, chattering away in the trees, we see the beautiful weeping willows, with their long graceful branches, looking like yards of green chavonne as they sway in the breeze
We look out and see the farmer with his tractor, plowing up the ground, getting ready to plant the seed, when the sun warms up the ground Then when the summer sun gets hotter, there’s much work to be done There are yards to mow, gardens to hoe, and fields of hay to be baled and cut for his cattle for when the snow begins to blow Then there’s the garden produce to take care of, the fruits and berries at their best
When he slips away and takes a little vacation, just to get some needed rest
Then when summer slips into fall, and the trees put on their beautiful coats of all these beautiful bright colors
And the yellow goldenrod turns brown, and the fields of big yellow pumpkins lie scattered on the ground, And the trees in the apple orchards with fruit all bending down
Then when harvest time has ended, and the work is done on the farm, he slips out and gets in some winter wood to keep his family warm He comes in and slumps down into a big comfortable chair, in front of an open fire,
He watches as the logs burn, and the sparks as they disappear, Then he looks up and thanks his Heavenly Father, for all the many blessings he’s bestowed upon him, all throughout the year Then he gets up and looks out the window at the snow-capped mountains, and the snow on the field, and he looks out in the distance and sees the Christmas lights, all blinking with a glow
And he stops, and he thinks 'My, it’s almost Christmas when family and friends will be dropping in, loaded down with good cheer, helping us celebrate Christ’s birthday, the most blessed time of all the year.' Yes we have wonderful seasons, each unique in its own special way, God shares his blessings upon each season, for our survival every day." Ollis added she’s looking for to celebrating her birthday Sunday with family at Shirley’s restaurant.

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The Waters of Roan Highlands
146 Buck Creek Rd
Roan Mountain TN 37687

Phone: 423-772-0161
Fax: 423-772-3481

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