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 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!
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!
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!
It is estimated that in 1776 there were 2.5 million people living in the American Colonies; today there are approximately 3.2 million people in the United States with a new birth every 8 seconds….
Check out the US and World population clock: http://www.census.gov/popclock/
So how did we get here? History tells us that some people left England to find cheap land or to seek adventure, or for the opportunity to do something they couldn’t do in their country, while others came to practice religious freedom. Whatever the reasons for coming to the United States seeking opportunity in new lands….they came…and formed 13 colonies in America.
The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve colonies (Georgia was not present) that met on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, early in the American Revolution. They met to talk about an economic boycott of British trade; rights and grievances; and petitioned King George III for redress of their grievances.
They also decided to set forth a second Continental Congress if their petition to the King was unsuccessful so on July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and they voted unanimously to declare the independence of these colonies from England and two days later on July 4, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
The drafting of the Declaration was the responsibility of a Committee of Five, which included, among others, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin; it was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and revised by the others and the Congress as a whole. It contended that “all men are created equal” with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, and that “to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” and July 4 would be subsequently be celebrated as the birthday of the United States.
But did you know?
The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776
More than one copy exists
When news of the Declaration of Independence reached New York City, it started a riot
Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.
One signer later recanted
There was a 44-year age difference between the youngest and oldest signers
Two additional copies have been found in the last 25 years.
The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox
There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence
You can read more history about Independence Day here…..and however you celebrate- be safe, be blessed and have an “historic” 4th of July! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_(1776%E2%80%9389)
June 14th, 1777 marks the first official Flag Day in America.
In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, and so many other senseless attacks on our great country, let us never forget who we are and what we stand for…a country of the people, by the people and for the people and take pride today as Flags unfurl across our great nation flying high with the pride that we are America, land of the free and home of the brave!
Flag Day is a day to recognize and pay honor to one of American’s enduring symbols of freedom…..
• The first American flag was sewn by Betsy Ross in May of 1776.
• Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777-
• The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
• George Washington stated, “We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty.”
• The first significant change to the Flag came in January 1794, when two stars and two stripes were added to reflect the recent admissions of Kentucky and Vermont to the Union. It was this 15-salthtar, 15-stripe flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that later became known as the Star-Spangled Banner, after seeing it fly over Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.
• The current version of the flag was adopted on July 4, 1960.
Check out more about Flag Day here: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/flag-day
Unfurl your Flag today and everyday America the bold and beautiful!
Continuing on our path to educate elected officials about skilled and long term care, candidate for Florida House-District 87, David Silvers recently paid a visit to SHC – Palm Beach to learn more about our industry and hear firsthand from our CEO-Sean O’Malley about what it takes to be a 5 star facility. As he toured the facility meeting residents and stakeholders, Silvers asked many questions and had a true learning experience about the daily operations and care provided, including therapy, our Signature Chaplain services, reimbursement concerns and general overview of who we are and what we do delivering quality care to our residents and the challenges we face to be the best caregivers in evolving healthcare trends of today and in the future.
Monica Taylor, Activities Director at SHC-Meadowview and true advocate for long term care worked diligently to arrange a visit from US Congressman John Yarmuth to the facility to meet with residents and stakeholders and encourage dialogue around issues of concern and what is on the horizon for our nation and for Kentuckians.
Congressman Yarmuth recently paid that visit to Signature HealthCARE of Meadowview and spoke with the audience about so many topics and issues that affect all of our lives, including the importance of voting in this year’s Primary and General elections and in particular Senior Citizen concerns about Social Security and all the hard work seniors in this country have put in over the years. They even branched off on their discussion around health care to the importance of teachers and education. A truly great visit with the Congressman and as Administrator -Lisa Roman points out with Monica Taylor, “her residents come first no matter what”!
In keeping up with our efforts to engage elected officials to visit facilities to learn more about issues of concern to our long term care sector, Senator Vaneta Becker recently paid a visit to Signature HealthCARE of Newburgh accompanied by IHCA Government Relations team where she greeted many residents and stakeholders, toured the center and discussed current long term care issues in Indiana and in general. Senator Becker was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives 1981 and served until 2005 when she ran for the Senate. She sits on numerous Interim Study Committees: the Evansville State Hospital Advisory Committee, Indiana Commission on Excellence in Health Care, Health and Child Care Issues Evaluation Committee, Health Finance Commission, Indiana Commission for Women, and the Prescription Drug Advisory Committee.
Signature Kentucky CEO’s gathered together in Frankfort last week to discuss healthcare issues, workforce development, funding, tort reform, and the many challenges before us having a great dialogue around many of the bills pending before the legislature for the 2016 session. Although nearing the end of session, legislators took the time to discuss the many issues at hand and priorities for Long Term Care providers, including the Medicaid budget, SB205 –Contents of Advertising related to LTC facilities, SB298 – Expungement of certain felony charges, SB6 – Medical Review Panels which we ultimately learned was withdrawn by President Stivers. Discussions were educational and provided a great opportunity to hear about what the legislature hoped they could achieve and how we as providers of care for a needy population can work together to find solutions to meet the needs of Kentuckians.