Here at Signature, we take voting very seriously and are making sure that our residents who are able to vote, can still do so even during these COVID19 challenging times.
Across the state of Kentucky, from Winchester to Louisville, in Brodhead and Danville, through Lexington to Hart and Lee Counties, down to Bowling Green and over to Hartford, around to Elizabethtown and Hodgenville, and everywhere in between, our KY teams were actively engaged making sure that our residents got their absentee ballots in on time.
Such was the case with our couple below who have cast their votes together for nearly 70 years and no virus or pandemic was going to stop them now!
Thanks to our Quality of Life and Activities Directors who have been there on the front lines helping our residents through these difficult days – and who always go the extra mile!
There is no doubt that Memorial Day across the country will be quite different this year. The parades will be few, and celebrations honoring the brave men and women who have given their lives protecting our freedoms will also be through social distancing and by virtual gatherings. Still, it is so important for us to come together as a nation and let these Heroes know they are not forgotten.
However, we must also honor all who have lost their lives to this national pandemic, COVID19 and give a shout out to the frontline caregivers, the “HEROES” who are still fighting to protect and care for our most vulnerable population.
So fly your flags high, count your blessings, be proud of those that have gone before us and let’s pay our respects to the many ‘unsung” Heroes still out there fighting!
Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.
Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act and while several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present!
If you want to know more about it…. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day
Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville recently hosted a great legislative visit with state Representative David Hawk. Rep. Hawk is no stranger to our Greeneville facility and has visited several times attending our Hall of Fame many times and just stopping by to visit with our residents and stakeholders.
Representative Hawk is aware of the real issues we are facing with an aging population growing, declining Medicare payments, lower occupancy and wage competition from other industries. He shared that his plan is to work with his fellow Legislative colleagues to find ways to try to bring more people into the profession of healthcare, and to try to empower them to get even higher levels of education, especially in the field of nursing. Kudos Representative Hawk!!
Every year Signature HealthCARE facilities hold our “Hall of Fame” event wherein we take great pride honoring our “hometown heroes” who are truly the fabric of our society and inducting them into our Hall of Fame.
We also invite our elected officials to attend (and many of them have been honored as inductees into our Hall of Fame). Last week, Representative Daniel Elliott from Boyle County who is no stranger to our Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation in Danville, Kentucky attended and paid homage to our 2019 Hall of Fame inductees and we so appreciate that he helped us honor this years’ celebrants.
Shown below is one of this year’s inductees, Mr. William Durham, a Veteran who served his country well and is being congratulated by Representative Elliott along with our incredible stakeholders at Danville!
We at Signature take great pride in sponsoring these Hall of Fame events and we thank Representative Elliott for taking the time to be with us honoring those that have given so much.
How do we say “thank you” to our Veterans?
Today is Veteran’s day and flags will be flying high as many of us from all walks of life and every age around the country will attend parades, call loved ones who are currently serving in the military, or by paying visits to Veteran’s that aren’t able to make it to the festivities. Some may even go to grave sites of loved ones that lost their lives defending our freedoms while others will pray silently for our Veterans.
- It was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the “armistice” or truce with Germany to suspend fighting during World War I.
- In legislation passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” This new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
- In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — amended the Act of 1938 and, with the approval of this legislation, Armistice Day was changed to “Veterans Day.” Therefore, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act was enacted. Under this law, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Veterans Day under this new law was observed with much confusion.
- On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law which returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11.
So no matter how you pay homage to the brave men and women of our armed forces both past and present, the reality is “thank you” is never enough for the valiant service provided by our Veterans to ensure our freedom….but somehow just those words….“thank you for your service” means so much!
Signature HealthCARE of Jackson Manor hosted Jackson County Judge Executive, Shane Gabbard, CVADD PDS supervisor Arlene Gibson and certified Long- Term Care Ombudsman, Aaron Banks, along with stakeholders and residents, to sign the proclamation declaring October 2019 as National Long Term Care Resident’ Rights Month.
The Long Term care Ombudsman Program offers advocacy to any and all residents of long term care as well as resources and guidance for families with concerns or questions related to long term care residents. The Cumberland Valley District Ombudsman, Arlene Gibson serves 8 counties and 18 facilities.
What a great proclamation for those that we serve!
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County residents and stakeholders recently had a great meeting with US Senator Marsha Blackburn and Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey. Discussion around issues and concerns that we are faced with as we strive to provide the highest quality of care for our beloved residents and laws that are being passed that impact long term care. Raising our voices to be the best advocates!
FACT: July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence from Great Britain (they did that on July 2, 1776)
- It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775)
- It wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776)
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
- The Continental Congress approved the actual final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
- The fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August 1776 is now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
- For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written it was not really celebrated as our independence was so new and there was a lot more happening in the colonies
- By the 1790s, there was a lot of conflict and the Declaration was very controversial
- One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies
- By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
- After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to unravel
- Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top (he deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to incluence the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated)
- Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday which was a part of a larger bill that also officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.
- Again in 1939 there was another bill about national holidays, which again included July 4 as Independence Day!
So there you have it…..our celebration around the nation of July 4th and may we all have a safe and blessed holiday!!