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Quality of Life Directors Recognized in Honor of National Activity Professionals Week

Louisville, KY – January 22, 2019 –  January 20 through January 26 marks National Activity Professionals Week. To commemorate this week, we are recognizing our Quality of Life Directors (QOLD) for their outstanding commitment to improving our residents lives and allowing them to live life to the fullest extent possible. Whether it’s a simple activity in the facility, an outing to a local restaurant or even a vacation to Florida, our QOLD’s serve with purpose and strive to make a difference every day.

Many of our QOLD’s have been a stakeholder for more than a decade, while some less than a year. But, regardless of how many years they’ve been part of the Signature family, they all have special reasons why they love what they do.

“It is always an evolving position, but one thing that is constant is friendship. Whether it be a lasting friendship with an elder or a stakeholder, nothing has shaped my Signature story like the people that are in it.” – Cindy Porter, QOLD at Prestonsburg Healthcare Center

“I cherish every moment, every hug, every smile, every laugh, and even a good cry. I am able to be the teacher as well as the student. My elders are what drive me to be the best version of myself.” – Joy McCorkle, QOLD at Signature HealthCARE of Chapel Hill

“Over time I have held several positions (at Signature HealthCARE) but the position of Quality of Life Director was a gift to me from the residents. The residents chose me and I was very humbled by this. This has been a journey that I feel has improved my life immensely.” – Roberta Campbell, QOLD at Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethton

“I love seeing the positive changes and impact I have on my elders over time. I love seeing elders ‘grow’ and proving society wrong in that you are ‘never too old to learn something new.’ I love the impact the elders have on me and my well-being. They in turn help me grow and want to be a better leader and friend.” – Paula Hardy, QOLD at Signature HealthCARE of Roanoke Rapids

“I worked in Owensboro at (Signature HealthCARE) Hillcrest as an Activities Assistant; that’s where I fell in love with the elders. I came to Newburgh a year ago and my heart grows stronger daily.” – Mia Mascenik, QOLD at Signature HealthCARE of Newburgh

“I love the family-like environment and being able to highlight the best parts of living, from holidays and special events to everyday joys such as worship, creativity and encouraging one another.” – Angela Smith, QOLD at Signature HealthCARE of Savannah

“I love that this position has allowed me to foster relationships with the residents and become like family to them and in turn become like family to their family.” – Jamie Stevens, QOLD at Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center

Signature HealthCARE Residents Compete in Company-Wide Wheelchair Super Bowl

Louisville, KY – January 21, 2019 – An annual tradition that first began at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center in 2010 is becoming a company-wide event for the first time ever. Residents all across Signature Nation will be competing in a Wheelchair Super Bowl on Friday, February 1.

From the dining room to the activities room, spaces will be transformed into an on-site football field using tape. Similar to flag football, residents will be split into two teams at each facility as they race to snatch their opponents’ flags. The Quality of Life teams have already implemented various exercise groups and activities in preparation for the big game. They have teamed up with the Therapy Department and the Restorative Program to make the magic happen. Restorative is a big component of wellness that keeps our residents engaged after therapy completion, which keeps their quality of life high. All residents are welcomed to participate in the big day in some fashion.

“Whether it’s our Speech Therapists getting involved by helping with the cheers and communication, or our Physical Therapists assisting on the mobility side, therapy and restorative are involved in all aspects,” Angie Chinn, Rehab Operations Officer, said.

Teams will have coaches and many teams will have cheerleaders cheering them on from the sidelines. It isn’t a true Super Bowl without a halftime show, so while residents prepare for the second half, various performances will take place for their entertainment. After the game is complete, certifications, and even Super Bowl rings at some facilities, will be presented to the winning teams.

Signature HealthCARE Earns Great Place to Work for Second Consecutive Year

Louisville, Ky. – January 9, 2019 – Independent analysts at Great Place to Work® have crunched the numbers and determined that Signature HealthCARE is, indeed, a great workplace for over 17,000 stakeholders for the second year in a row. Signature HealthCARE earned this distinction based on extensive ratings given by its stakeholders in anonymous surveys. With an average composite Trust Index Score of 83, Signature HealthCARE surpassed the national average for best workplaces in aging services score of 82.

“Receiving this award for the second year in a row is an honor and testament to the quality care our stakeholders offer,” CEO and President Joe Steier said. “Our stakeholders truly make an impact on our residents’ lives knowing they are living the vision to lead radical change across the healthcare landscape to transform lives.”

With innovative programs, such as Pinnacle, a CNA Career Ladder, Administrator-in-Training and the Hall of Fame, Signature stakeholders are empowered to serve our patients with purpose every day. 90 percent of Signature HealthCARE stakeholders said, “I feel I make a difference here.” And 89 percent of Signature HealthCARE stakeholders said, “I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.”

“Our stakeholders serve with purpose every day and are the heart and soul of Signature HealthCARE. We believe they deserve our genuine love, respect and honor for what they do. Their satisfaction is the ultimate driving force of our success,” Tracy Harrison, Chief Human Resources Officer at Signature HealthCARE, said.

Signature Gifts Every Resident Christmas Spirit

Louisville, Ky. – December 17, 2018 – Signature is bringing the holiday spirit to every resident this year with Operation Holiday Card, a big undertaking to give each resident a personal holiday card. It’s the first time Signature has aimed to spread the holiday spirit in this way, and churches, schools and more from Kentucky to Florida are getting involved.

“It doesn’t have to be a big gift to bring the Christmas spirit to our residents. A personal holiday card, handmade or individually signed, is a powerful undertaking to give each of our residents, and our stakeholders and the community rose the occasion,” Angie McAllister, Signature’s Director of Cultural Transformation, said.

Louisville is a hub for aging innovation, and with Operation Holiday Card, it’s also a hub for giving and compassion to aging adults. Jefferson County Middle School students in Louisville, Kentucky were part of the massive effort generating thousands of hand-made cards for Signature residents and delivering them to Signature HealthCARE at Jefferson Manor. Holiday Cards collected across Louisville and the region are distributed to Signature residents across 10 states.

Art Reaps Benefits for Residents Living with Alzheimer’s

Louisville, Ky. – November 30, 2018 – Age, ability or generation are not predictors of a person’s ability to create art. Signature HealthCARE residents, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, are reaping the benefits of unleashing their creativity and artful imagination.

Residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia may see art as impossible and out of their reach, but Quality of Life at Signature HealthCARE reimagines possibilities for all residents. In 12 Signature Kentucky communities, art is bringing together residents, stakeholders, families, volunteers and nationally renowned artists with a Peter Pan inspired project.

From choreography performed in wheelchairs to designing fairy houses and pixie dust to putting colors to canvas, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are stirred to embrace creativity. Over 16 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and the number is projected to only grow in the coming years.

Art inspires the brain to remember, research has proven, whether the memory is an emotion, event, milestone or person and also provides non-pharmacological forms of therapy.

“Regardless of physical ability or illness – with art, people can be physically ill, but creatively well,” Angie McAllister, Signature’s Director of Cultural Transformation, said. “It’s the journey of creating something beautiful that brings our residents joy.”

Marking Alzheimer’s awareness month in November, art is inspiring residents across Signature HealthCARE.

Signature Busts Myths for Long-Term Care Awareness Month

Louisville, Ky. – November 24, 2018 – Marking long-term care awareness month, Signature HealthCARE is busting myths about what long-term care means for you and your loved one. From art and creativity to technological innovations, the aging care industry is on the move, and Signature is leading the way.

  1. There’s more life to live at a long-term care community. From vacations to intergenerational partnerships, Quality of Life is more than an industry buzz word.
  2. Creativity and long-term care go together. We’re infusing art and creativity into care with the “I Won’t Grow Up Project” at Signature HealthCARE. No matter age or physical and cognitive ability, everyone has the power to embrace their inner creativity and inner artist.
  3. Evolving innovation is at the heart of Signature’s mission to lead the long-term care industry. From telehealth to cutting-edge rehabilitation technology, innovative solutions empower Signature residents with access to care and with knowledge about their progress.

 

Creative Innovation & Art Bloom with “I Won’t Grow Up Project”

Louisville, Ky. – November 17, 2018 – This week nationally renowned artists are in residency at Signature HealthCARE locations across Kentucky as part of the Peter Pan inspired, I Won’t Grow Up Project.

“Opening ourselves up to imagination brings magic to life, and that’s powerful in aging care. This project, just like a good art installation or production, involves everyone, our elders, stakeholders, volunteers, families, community partners and more,” said, Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCARE and International Board Member of the Eden Alternative Registry.

Elders at Signature HealthCARE of Hart County imagined a box of treasured thoughts spreading positive thoughts and words of wisdom. They were inspired by the treasure in Peter Pan’s Neverland to invent a one-of-a-kind art installation.

Inspired by Peter Pan’s travels to Neverland, Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall hosted an around the world event where elders sampled delectable food from wish list travel destinations from Greece and Jamaica to China and South Africa.

Morgantown Care and Rehabilitation Center elders are putting imagination to work through their individual life stories and creating Wish Jar Necklaces with each elder’s wish and Tinkerbell-inspired pixie dust inside.

Elders at Signature HealthCARE at Jackson Manor are inspired by the fairies in Peter Pan. Jackson Manor elders have painted and created colorful fairy houses, herbs and solar butterfly lights with accompanying stories guiding fairies back home again.

The ”I Won’t Grow Up” Project artists include: Kevin Iega Jeff, Chicago based critically acclaimed and award-winning dancer and choreographer; Jeff Becker, New Orleans based renowned director, designer, and sculptor; Cheyenne Mize, Louisville native, musician and music therapist; Bobby Martin, Kentucky native, theater/film artist, cultural organizer, facilitator and teaching artist; Andee Rudloff, Kentucky native, artist and muralist; Nicole Garneau, performance artist, educator and healing practitioner; and Dominic Campbell, co-founder of Creative Ageing International.

The I Won’t Grow Up Project is a partnership between Signature HealthCARE and TimeSlips. It is funded by a Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Grant through the Kentucky Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Signature HealthCARE Honors Residents’ Sacrifice & Achievements this Veterans Day

Louisville, Ky. – November 11, 2018 – Marking Veterans Day this year, Signature HealthCARE is personally delivering cards to veterans in the Louisville community and recognizing many veterans’ accomplishments in Hall of Fame.

“It’s important to us to thank our residents and elders for their service, sacrifice and accomplishments. Each and every one of their stories are important to us, and we cherish the opportunity to celebrate our residents and elders,” David Baumgartner, Signature’s Vice President of Spirituality, said.

Signature’s Hall of Fame inducted dozens of veterans this year commemorating their sacrifice and achievements in the armed forces.

Signature HealthCARE of Coshocton inducted army veteran Charles William Gill into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Gill served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Tech Sergeant.

Signature HealthCARE of Erin inducted army veteran Billy Weaver into the Hall of Fame. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was one of the very first members of the Army’s elite fighting force, the Green Berets. Mr. Weaver earned an astounding 97 jumps from army aircraft.

Gulfport Rehabilitation Center inducted airforce veteran David Sjolund into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Sjolund enlisted in the Airforce after high school and went on to serve in Vietnam where he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and eight Air Medals.

Gulfport Rehabilitation Center also inducted army veteran Alyce Wilmot into the Hall of Fame. Ms. Wilmot and her husband of 70 years joined the army together when World War II began. After serving in the Nurse Cadets, Alyce went on to work directly under Dwight Eisenhower in the Pentagon’s military intelligence.

Signature HealthCARE at Hillcrest inducted veteran James Wilson into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Wilson is a veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division and served during the Allied invasion of France in 1944. He is 100 years young.

Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center inducted Air Force veteran Richard Privette into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Privette joined the United States Air Force in 1968 as a Combat Photographer. He later joined NASA as a Computer Engineer for Space Shuttles.

Signature HealthCARE Helps Residents Cast Their Vote

Louisville, Ky. – November 6, 2018 – As people across the country cast their ballots today, Signature HealthCARE residents and elders have made their voices count with the help of local election officials.

At Signature HealthCARE of Port Charlotte, residents personally travelled to the polling place casting their early votes.

Local election officials partnered with Spring City Care and Rehabilitation to help Signature’s elders put democracy in action.

Prestonsburg Health Care Center elders casted their absentee ballots before Kentucky’s deadline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio election officials visited Signature HealthCARE of Warren personally helping residents cast their ballots.

U.S. News World & Report Names Signature HealthCARE to its Prestigious Industry List

Louisville, Ky. – November 1, 2018 – U.S. News World and Report listed 10 Signature HealthCARE locations to its prestigious list of Best Nursing Homes and Best Short-term Rehabilitation. In the first year of U.S. News’ new short-stay rehabilitation rating, seven Signature locations appear on the list leading in quality and leading in innovative solutions.

“It’s an honor to be recognized in the healthcare industry. We strive to serve every patient along our continuum of care with our mission and compassion at heart, even in the face of growing challenges and disruptions,” Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, said.

Signature HealthCARE is leading the culture change movement in the long-term care industry with over 50 locations added to the international Eden Alternative Registry and over 100 locations accredited through Providigm’s Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. Appearing on U.S. News World & Report 2019 list include these locations:

Overall Quality

Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeFuniak Springs, FL
Signature HealthCARE at the Courtyard in Marianna, FL
Signature HealthCARE of North Florida in Graceville, FL
Signature HealthCARE at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth in Louisville, Ky

Short-term Rehab Stay

Signature HealthCARE Center of Waterford in Hialeah, FL
Bracken County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, Ky
Signature HealthCARE at Tanbark in Lexington, Ky
Signature HealthCARE at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth in Louisville, Ky
Signature HealthCARE at Mallard Bay in Cambridge, MD
Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethton in Elizabethton, TN
Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville in Greeneville, TN

From culture change to innovation, Signature continues to live out its mission of serving patients and elders with joy and a commitment to excellence.