Paving The Path To Transformation-A Reflection of Our Journey

Ms Sims hanging out her laundry Eden Pictures 015Mugg-Z 149IMG_9917 Lester Bailey-WEB-1415 Angie and Raynejug band _DSC3891 DSCF1427 2013-04-10 22.33.16 In September of 2011, we began a journey of a million miles, so to speak.

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Blazing a Trail To The Holistic Caregiver Model

Washington Team HCWashington Care and Rehabilitation Center in Chipley, Florida is moving forward in person directed care with a “Get Real” mentality. The home, which was added to the Eden Alternative Registry in 2012 has been working steadfastly to bring about many positive changes for the Elders who live there. Their success shines with a psychotropic drug use reduction in their home of over 50% in this time frame and their participation in the Pioneer Network’s National Learning Collaborative. Through their participation with the National Learning Collaborative they were provided with education and support to make critical leaps such as drug reductions among Elders, the implementation of nursing assistant huddles, reduction in falls, removal of alarms in the home and adding nursing assistants to their weekly care plan meetings.

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Lights, Camera, DISNEY!

10393879_10100734263397570_4469433512732121062_nhollywood studios group 10806355_10100734264111140_31523430317382337_n “Magical” is the word of the week as 85 Elders and Stakeholders from SHC Hometown arrive at Walt Disney World for the final vacation of the year! The group arrived on yesterday afternoon at the Grand Floridian Resort on Disney property with shining eyes and wide smiles! Even though tired from travel, they were so excited to get to the Magic Kingdom last night for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Everyone adored the decorations, snow on Main Street USA, the Christmas Parade and the Christmas Wishes Light Show. Some Elders stayed up late into the night to do some shopping bhollywood studios groupefore returning the resort! As Margie Appleman said today, “less sleep and more play, that’s what I came to do!”

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Moments of Joy

Gatlinburg-WEB-0557Gatlinburg-WEB-0571Gatlinburg-WEB-0368Gatlinburg-WEB-0474Where do I start? Another beautiful week of joy and overwhelming emotions as Elders from 14 SHC homes enjoyed their time in Gatlinburg TN!

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Dreams Come True As Gatlinburg Elder Vacation Starts!

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75 Elders and Stakeholders from SHC Hometown arrived in Gatlinburg, TN yesterday afternoon for an exciting week of fun and adventure in the mountains! As Elders arrived from all over, they drew much attention in the airports and on planes! Joseph Roelle, an Elder living at SHC Galion from Galion, OH had a memorable experience on the plane when they recognized him in flight for being a recent Champion Medal winner at the SHC Senior Olympics!

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Because You Are Never Too Old To Have Fun!

IMG_0319“You’re never too old to have fun!”, seemed to be the recurring theme of the Elders living at Signature HealthCare of Mallard Bay last week. The Elders took a fantastic opportunity to visit Atlantic City for a few nights on a short vacation!

Patty Robinson, QOL Assistant, at Signature Healthcare of Mallard Bay recaps the experience below:

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A Summer Day

Picture5Summer is a favorite season to many. To me it conjures up images of neighborhood baseball games, ice cream, endless hours swimming and other memories of a time gone by. For the Elders living in our homes, I’m sure the warm summer air reminds them of gardening and lazy days swimming or fishing at a local creek!

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The Best Day

Pikeville 042” This has been the best day of my life” exclaimed Alpha excitedly after a trip to Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia. Alpha lives at Signature HealthCare of Pikeville and she had just taken part in a day trip to explore the water park just across the Virginia state line.

Darla Borthwick, Regional Quality of Life Director, recounts the story below:

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The Power of A Cup Of Coffee

Mugg-Z 149Guest Post below by Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality at Riverview Healthcare Center in Prestonsburg, KY.

On Monday, June 30 the Riverview HealthCARE Center opened The Mugg-Z Café inside our facility. The Mugg-Z Café is a home operated coffee shop for our Elders, Stakeholders, Families, and Friends. This was a wonderful day for our home and one we had been anticipating for some time. Why would be so excited about a coffee shop? What’s the big deal about a cup of coffee? According to statistics over 83% of adults in America drink coffee. Over 54% of those drink coffee every day. Nearly 24% of coffee drinkers consume 13 or more cups a week, and the average coffee drinker consumes 3.1 cups of coffee each day. Coffee remains the beverage of choice the world over. It exhilarates, stimulates, and arouses the drinker. A cup of coffee can renew your strength and impart a feeling of calm and comfort. It truly remains one of life’s simplest pleasures.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

Jack at Ball Game Fran and CharlesSurrey at FenwayThe lessons our Elders teach us on a daily basis are some of the most powerful we could ever learn in our lives. If we will only stop, watch and listen we could learn more than we ever dreamed from their wisdom.

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