To all Veterans – deepest gratitude for your service to this Country

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While many people celebrate today by attending parades and Veteran’s events, it is important that we remember the actual history of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring people that have served in the armed services or “Veterans”

It is celebrated on November 11th and originally marked the end of World War I when the 28th President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it Armistice Day (an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time- a truce.”) on November 11, 1919.

Then, in 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. So, he took his idea to then General and subsequent President Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day and on May 26th, 1954 signed the bill into law declaring it “Armistice Day”.

Congress subsequently amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since!
So…..A special “thanks” to all Veterans that have served and given their lives to protect the freedoms that we know and celebrate in America today!

United We Stand

In the wake of the state and federal elections across the country we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our residents, our stakeholders, the families and the communities we serve for stepping up to the plate and being part of the political process guaranteed by our Constitution.
Whether voting in person at the polls, by absentee ballot or even by early voting, as Americans we have shown that there is hope for our future and that we stand united to address the challenges that encompass all of our healthcare issues and beyond.
We will surely face challenges on the road ahead, but if we go forward with voices heard and votes cast, we will undoubtedly make this world better for generations to come.
Thank you to all SHC teams that welcomed candidates into their facilities, shared concerns about the direction and path that our future holds, and encouraged all to stay engaged in the political process with so much at stake- we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being the best partners we could ever ask for!

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US Congressman Guthrie visits Hart County Care & Rehab

Residents and stakeholders at Hart County Care and Rehab in Horse Cave, Kentucky recently held a great “meet and greet” with US Congressman Brett Guthrie who represents Kentucky’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Guthrie serves on both the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee the oldest standing legislative committee in the House with broad jurisdiction over our nation’s energy, healthcare, telecommunications and consumer product safety policies. Guthrie also serves as Vice Chair of the E&C Subcommittee on Health.
Guthrie answered questions related to long term care issues and we shared information with him about Signature’s “revolution” and the residents were glad to meet him and talk with him. He admired the facility and meeting with his “constituents” and continues to be dedicated to improving healthcare issues for Kentuckians and our great Nation!
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US Congressional Candidate visits Clinton County Care and Rehab

Residents and stakeholders are still talking about the recent visit with US Congressional candidate James “Jamie” Comer at Clinton County Care and Rehab. Comer is seeking the seat currently held in Kentucky’s 1st congressional district to succeed Congressman Ed Whitfield.
Comer previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2000 to 2012 and he served as the Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky from 2012 to 2016.
Everyone enjoyed hearing from “Jamie” and also Jake Staton, the Clinton County Circuit Clerk of the Court, as they talked about issues and challenges in Kentucky and in Washington, D.C. The visit opened great dialogue and conversation as residents spoke out about their many concerns related to the Commonwealth and how their votes are so important and how elections can be decided by a single vote! Kudos to the team at Clinton County for hosting this great event….
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Columbus Day

While so many of our SHC facilities are still feeling the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew – and all our residents and stakeholders are safe and many returning to their “homes” we are so blessed to have such great teams that made this possible! And we would be remiss if we did not make note that in cities around our great nation Columbus Day is being celebrated with parades and fanfare….but did you know?
Before it became a legal federal holiday in 1971, many states celebrated Columbus Day on October 12.
• It marks Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America. He landed on the island of Guanahani in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492.
• Columbus and a crew of 90 people set sail about 10 weeks earlier aboard their ships – Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
• Timeline: 1792 – The first Columbus Day celebration is organized by The Society of St. Tammany and held in New York City (300th anniversary of Columbus’ landing).
• 1892 – President Benjamin Harrison issues a proclamation establishing a celebration of Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing.
• April 7, 1907 – Colorado becomes the first state to declare Columbus Day a legal holiday.
• 1920 – Columbus Day begins being celebrated annually.
• October 12, 1937 – First federal observance of Columbus Day, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
• 1971 – Columbus Day becomes a legal federal holiday in the United States. Presidential Proclamation (PL90-363) states that the observance of Columbus Day is always on the second Monday in October.
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It’s not always about politics!

State Representative Kathleen Peters is no stranger to Signature HealthCARE at Gulfport and recently paid another visit bringing with her some “sweet treats” for our residents!

Currently serving in the Florida House of Representatives –District 69, Peters is truly vested in the community. She is the former Mayor of South Pasadena and takes great pride in the fact that Signature took on the challenge to bring this building “back to life” providing services to so many in her community. She understands so many of the challenges we are facing with Medicaid reimbursement, the need for CON preservation, guardianship issues and ongoing transportation issues for residents.

All the residents that attended had a great time and appreciated the treats as Representative Peters made her way around the room, talking with residents, as she continues to express how impressed she is with this facility and letting us know she is there for us and is just a phone call away. Peters said she will be making this a regular event and will be back again soon!

Thank you to Representative Kathleen Peters for going above and beyond and to SHC-Gulfport Administrator Jemi Awini, Lauri Loane – Activities Director and Chaplain Kris Schuck for coordinating this “sweet” visit!
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Where were you on September 11, 2001?

September 11
As we remember those that perished, we have much to be thankful for…
Reading an article the other day in USA Today was a true eye opener….history teachers across the country were preparing curriculums for this year with segments on 9/11….because the majority of students that are graduating in 2017 and thereafter weren’t even born yet and will need to be “taught” about the brave efforts of so many who died as a result of a vicious terrorist attack on our nation that day.
Yes, we have been engaged in battles throughout the decades, but as Americans, we must never forget those that have served and presently are serving in our military putting their lives at stake to preserve the freedoms that we all have today. Looking back at 9/11 and the many tragedies prior to and those that have followed in its path remind us to take nothing for granted and be cognizant that there are those that will always attempt to take away our spirit….but that will not happen as we are a nation of resilience that strives to support the principles that our forefathers founded this country on…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
I remember exactly where I was as that terrible day unfolded and reflect on it often…..where were you?
May we all take a moment to remember all the fallen heroes….

Candidate for US Senate visits SHC-Chapel Hill

Candidate for US Senate in North Carolina, Deborah Ross, visited with residents, stakeholders and members of the community today at SHC-Chapel Hill to hear what Candidate Ross is proposing if she is elected to Congress. She discussed Medicare issues, answered questions about personal needs allowance – although a state issue and was presented with challenges from CMS that post-acute providers are concerned with and the effects many of the Affordable Care Act issues play in the lives of constituents in North Carolina.
Additionally, members of the Board of Elections and volunteers were on hand to register voters- many of whom will now be able to vote in upcoming elections. Coordinated by activities director Kathy Wright-Moore and the great team under the leadership of Administrator-Turner Prickett, Chaplain Brian Morphonios captured some great moments during the event!
Taking up the challenge issues to all SHC-facilities to connect with their candidates and incumbents running for office to come to our buildings and share in learning about long term care concerns and issues as they head to the polls in November, SHC Chapel Hill rose to the occasion today, a beautiful Sunday and a shout out to the great team at Chapel Hill!
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Signature HealthCARE’s Super Star -Ms. Lucy Kennedy

Ms. Lucy Kennedy, recent recipient of the Eden Alternative award was also honored as the Resident of the Year by Florida Health Care.
One has to look back to 2014, when then Resident Council President at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, Ms. Lucy Kennedy, spoke with former President of the Senate – Senator Don Gaetz about the need for an increase in the personal needs allowance for residents.
Ms. Lucy, the true catalyst for the 2014 legislature tripling of the nursing center resident personal needs allowance in Florida traveled to Orlando earlier this month to accept her award on behalf of Florida’s 70,000 plus residents who were so deserving of this increase.
A special thanks to Ms. Lucy – a true champion!

Get out and Vote!

Voting is something we take very seriously at Signature HealthCARE and we encourage all of our residents and stakeholders to exercise their rights as Americans. We partner with our local election offices as we attempt to make voting as easy as possible aiming high to keep our elders and caregivers up to date on health policy and what is happening that may impact their lives.

At Spring City Care and Rehab in Spring City, Tennessee 18 residents recently participated in early voting and acted on their constitutional right and voted for their candidates in the primary elections yesterday! Spring City resident registers to vote -1Spring City resident registers to vote -2