The Joy Is In The Journey

Perry Jones RiverviewOver the past several years, I’ve talked a lot about becoming well known and how critical this is for the Elders living in our homes. Phillip Ramey, Chaplain at Riverview Health Care Center shared the most beautiful story below with me today:

Today I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to go on a journey. As the new chaplain at Riverview and a basketball fan, I was asked to help escort an Elder to RUPP Arena in Lexington to attend the boys Sweet 16 High School Basketball Tournament.  When March rolls around, for Perry Jones, basketball is life. Before we left the facility, I thought I was going on an ordinary journey to Lexington, but as the day went on I soon realized that this was not the case at all. You see, this was bigger than a journey to Lexington and this was more than a journey that began at Prestonsburg that day…this was a journey that began 53 years ago. For the past 52 years of his life, Perry Jones had never missed a Sweet 16 at RUPP and this was a part of his life.

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It’s A Snow Day!

DSCF1013DSCF1017Does anybody remember how much fun snow days were as a child? I can recall my heart pounding with excitement as snowflakes would begin to fall at my house. It is like it was only yesterday when I would sit by the radio and wait to hear the news that school had indeed been cancelled. This wonderful news would guarantee a day filled with playing in the snow and a steaming cup of hot chocolate if I were lucky!

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Competition Is Fierce During Wheel Chair Super Bowls!

charlotte and marilynElders in over 20 Signature Healthcare  homes enjoyed participating in a Wheel Chair Super Bowl event this month!

Yes, that’s right, there was some down and dirty competition between the teams as Elders competed for the coveted title!

This exciting event started a few years ago when Westmoreland Care and Rehab planned their first one! The event has Elders facing off in “tag” football teams. Our Therapy teams helped with practice for weeks leading up to the event as each team chooses its names, colors, and of course the coach! Of course, the fun doesn’t stop  here. There are also Elders who volunteer to be the cheerleaders for each team and Elders who love to put on the halftime show!

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The Blank Page

blank page” Typically I close each year reflecting on the things that transpired over the course of the year. This year, I want to do something a little different. I want to give you  a challenge for the coming year.

This morning I noticed a quote pop up on my Facebook page that has struck a chord in me. The quote said “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”  Wow, I thought about this all day. The phrase, write a good one just running over and over again through my head.

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Signature HealthCare At The Courtyard Introduces “Moonlight”

Horse photo 2Signature HealthCare at The Courtyard in Marianna, FL is introducing a new “pet” into the home! The Elders will soon be able to enjoy a Miniature horse! The home is building Moonlight’s stall outside one of the dayroom windows so the Elders can see her at all times! They also plan to incorporate her into daily therapy for the Elders who live there.

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Elders Raise Over $18,000 For Addie’s Army

Addie-300x300“This made us see we can accomplish anything we want to”, said Lisa Shaheen, an Elder living at Signature HealthCare At Sunrise Manor, located in Hodgenville, Ky. Lisa was speaking excitedly about the latest endeavor of herself and friends residing in the home.

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East Tennessee Homes Gather For Masquerade Ball

Seven SignatBall 195ure HealthCare homes in East TN gathered last week for a regional Masquerade Ball hosted by Mountain City Care and Rehab. Darla Borthwick, Regional Quality of Life Director, describes the event below:

“I had the most magical dream tonight!  There were pirates, mermaids, and talking sea creatures. I was a witch, and we were all laughing, dancing and having the time of our lives at a Ball. It was just like being in a Disney movie! Then some hippies and the guys from Duck Dynasty showed up! But, Oh, wait a minute!…that wasn’t a dream! It was the Regional Masquerade Ball in Mountain City, TN!”

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A Dream Vacation

rollon waterfallDreams are a beautiful thing. They give us hope and promise for a brighter tomorrow. We all have a cherished thought of where our dreams might one day eventually take us. Kelsey Borders, QOL Director at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center, located in Westmoreland, TN reflects below on the dreams of two Elders she traveled with to Branson, MO last month:

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Memories from Branson-Dreaming of Cowboys!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAIt never ceases to amaze me that we learn so much when we look at things from a different perspective! Sometimes to really have a paradigm shift in the way we see things, we have to force ourselves outside of our “comfort zone”.

The Branson vacation with the Elders from our homes provided many of these paradigm shifting experiences! Jessica Cook, Quality of Life Director, at the Bridge At Monteagle recounts her experience with two of the Elders she vacationed with below:

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Homes Gather Together To Celebrate 5 Years of Memories!

DSCF5896It’s crazy how time flies! Although it seems like yesterday, it was five years ago when we started having regional events together! It was five years ago this month that we planned and executed our first event with a Survivor themed overnight camping trip for the Elders and Stakeholders from five homes. It was such an amazing night that taught us we really could break the institutional mold on offering “activities programming” by raising the bar for Quality of Life!

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