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Signature HealthCARE (SHC) of North Florida has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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We would like to welcome to our staff Aaron Varieur, our new PT, DPT.  A 2013 graduate of the University of Florida, Aaron began his career with Signature HealthCARE in February of 2014.  Welcome to the team, Aaron!

Following five months of hospitalization for multiple co-morbidities that resulted in acute respiratory distress, Wanda Bullig arrived at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida for physical rehabilitation.  She came to us with a medically complex history including respiratory failure, congestive heart failure, and complications from a mitral valve replacement, but was resolved not to let it hold her back!   She had been on a ventilator for five months and was unable to eat anything by mouth.  Initially found to have muscle weakness and an inability to walk or sit in a chair for even limited durations, Wanda was determined to overcome her many obstacles to successfully discharge home.

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Everyone dreams of a couple of days on the beach.  The sunshine, sand, waves, and laid back atmosphere create an environment of relaxation and peace.  Elders from five Florida Hometown homes spent two days on the beautiful beaches of Cape San Blas, Florida and they burst that environment of relaxation and peace wide open with the first Amazing Race Retreat.

Elders from The Bridge at Bay St Joe, Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center came together at William Rish Park on Cape San Blas and played a two day game of Amazing Race. They created team flags with points awarded for time completed and bonus points for creativity, they built sandcastles for points, they had to hunt down puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together for timed points, and their last event was creating a platform only out of provided materials to transport their team mascot to the water’s edge and back. During the two day event, each team had their created flag and mascot to protect. If either the flag or their mascot were left unattended, another team could kidnap them for ransom points. The team whose flag or mascot was kidnapped had to draw a ransom note and pay the required points to the kidnapping team.

Everyone had so much fun completing the challenges and keeping an eye out for an unattended flag or mascot.  Mr. Willie from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Mr. John from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center took this job seriously and scouted the lodge on a regular basis to snatch the first flag or mascot they could. They said they wanted the most ransom points for their team and everyone was on their toes with these eagle eyed guys around.

To make the event even more wonderful, some amazing volunteers came and provided meals for everyone.  Lunch the first day was a tasty cookout hosted by Gentiva Home Care and Emerald Coast Hospice. Tommy Portas grilled some great burgers and hot dogs while battling some heavy winds. However, the winds didn’t stop him from grilling and they didn’t stop everyone from eating the meal.  Marsha Dickey RN, SDC from The Bridge at Bay St Joe made homemade “cathead” biscuits and grilled some delicious pancakes for everyone for breakfast.  Then for their lunch on the second day Gina Ferland RN, the Administrator of NHC HomeCare, brought ham and turkey sub sandwiches with homemade cheesy broccoli soup. Gina also created some wonderful snack bags for everyone to take with them on their trip home. The thoughtfulness and friendliness of these kind individuals made this event even more enjoyable.

The award ceremony took place on the second day just before lunch. The winning team was from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They amassed a total of 32 points that included a five point ransom penalty Mr. Willie was able to extract from the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The other awards that were presented that day were Most Spirited, which went to the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Most Competitive, which went to Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Most Resourceful, which went to The Bridge at Bay St Joe, and Best Teamwork, which was awarded to Signature HealthCARE of North Florida.

As the last day drew to a close and the buses were being loaded, elders from different homes were shaking hands, hugging necks, and asking when they could come back. It was Mr. John’s, from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, first time to the beach. He said he loved it! Their smiles were big and their faces were aglow with excitement from all of the fun they had. Everyone waved goodbye as they pulled out of the parking lot, but I know many of them were thinking of different strategies for the next Amazing Race.

– Angela Conley, Regional Quality of Life Coordinator

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Congratulations to Mrs. Nelda Hurst on completion of comprehensive Occupational and Physical Therapy! Mrs. Hurst’s hard work, dedication, and determination helped guide her completion of the program. She is pictured with one of her therapists, Danielle Prevatt, PTA. Congratulations and good luck in your return home!

This year, SHC of North Florida decided to host a Mardi Gras Ball – everyone really enjoyed themselves!

– Jessica Johnson, CTRS, QOL Director, Certified Eden Associate

Signature HealthCARE (SHC) of North Florida is proud to announce that it has received a five-star survey rating from the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration, the state government agency tasked with oversight of nursing home quality.

Signature Healthcare of North Florida is a 180-bed nursing community located at 1083 Sanders Ave., in Graceville, Fla. It is one of 72 nursing facilities operated by Louisville, Ky.-based Signature HealthCARE LLC.

Under the five-star rating system, nursing homes are assessed in order to qualify to participate in the Medicare & Medicaid program.  The requirements under this system serve as a basis for survey activities for the purpose of determining whether a facility meets the requirements for participation in the CMS program.

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I have been employed here for almost 10 years. I live here in Graceville and have for 35 years. My uncle is the fire chief here; his name is Tommy Dennis, and he has a daughter named Tonya. Tonya, her sister Christy and I grew up like sisters. We are within a year of age, me being the oldest.

My cousin Tonya has two boys and is a single mother. She has had a rough time the past few years and is diabetic. Her partner died two years ago of cancer, and they had no medical insurance at the time. Tonya was a truck driver and was able to get a job driving a transportation bus for the elderly, but she still did not have insurance.

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This fall, about 170 Signature residents and caregivers traveled to Branson, Missouri for the annual resident vacation. For a glimpse of the action, check out the video below.

Flory took off with the speed of light!

Residents took a trip with several of the North Florida Directors to spend a day with other homes and stakeholders.  Residents entered into several Olympic events.  Residents had lunch and got to listen to the local middle school band, as well as, a little bit of blues.

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