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Washington Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Chipley Florida has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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2014-QAPI-Accreditation-Seal1Washington Rehab & Nursing Center 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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Senior Olympics 2014, was a blast! Our Elders and Stakeholders enjoyed a sunny day in Panama City, Florida, with other homes competing and cheering throughout the day.  The Senior Olympics is an annual Signature HealthCare Quality of Life program in which residents from neighboring facilities compete for the Gold Medal in six events.  The gold in shot-put was taken home by Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center’s own Willie Daniels.  Mr. Ezell Johnson from Washington Rehab took home the silver in horseshoes.  The food was great and the fellowship was awesome.  Our elders are already looking forward to next year.

Mark E. Bush, Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, Forida, challenged our Administrator, Bret Brown to the ice bucket challenge.  The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or donating to ALS research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014.  Bret has now nominated Alice Frye who is the HR Director of Washington Rehab and Nursing Center, Will ”Tonka” Taylor the Crew Chief of Guettler & Guettler, Inc. and Al Guettler part owner of Guettler & Guettler, Inc. of Chipley, Florida.

Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (WRNC) was proud to be a part of the annual Back 2 School Fair at Northwest Florida Community Hospital here in Chipley, Florida. WRNC has been a supporter of this event since its inception and has watched it grow to hundreds of students enjoying the event.  Everything from hair cuts to vaccinations were available to help students prepare for the new school year.

In this years annual survey conducted by Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center received a gold survey thus maintaining its 5 Star Status.  The CMS Five-Star Rating Program for skilled nursing care centers began in December 2008. The rating system utilizes information from Health Care Surveys (both standard and complaint), Quality Measures, and Staffing. The Five Star rating of each all nursing centers is available on the Nursing Home Compare website.  Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average.

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Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is showcasing its own Reflect N Us art Gallery comprised of artwork done by residents in our home.

Reflect N Us is an annual art event held by all Signature HealthCARE facilities across the country. Residents prepare and create unique works of art to showcase within each facility’s own gallery. Submissions are also made to Signature HealthCARE’s corporate website where anyone can view and admire the beautiful works of art created by the elders within their 96+ communities. This week, we have proudly displayed a variety of works of art within our coffee café for staff, elders, and visitors alike to enjoy. If anyone would like to view the online corporate gallery they can visit www.reflectnus.com.  If you would like to see what our elders are doing, please come by and sit a while.

Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center’s residents recently enjoyed lunch and a movie in Dothan, Alabama.  They feasted on cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, and milkshakes at Cheeburger, Cheeburger.  Then they walked over to the movie theatre to watch a movie.  We saw a variety of movies: X-Men, A Million Ways to Die in the West,  Million Dollar Arm, and Think like a Man Too.  It was a fun day.  Next month, residents are thinking of going back to the beach for their lunch and a movie.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center had its 2nd Annual All Day Fishing Trip for its residents on Thursday, June 19, 2014.  Residents enjoyed fishing at the home of stakeholders Dan and Mary Runnells in Wausau, Florida.  Our awesome administrator, Bret Brown, was responsible for transporting residents to and from the fishing camp.  Residents enjoyed ribs and chicken on the grill while fishing.  Stakeholder Dan Runnells was cooking on the grill while his wife Mary was assisting residents on the pond.  Stakeholders and residents caught over 20 catfish.  Residents enjoyed the shaded tree areas along with the sunny areas around the pond.


Jessi Collins, Media Consultant of the Washington County News, inquired about adopting a Gran to come love on at our home.  She wanted to bring her three-year-old son, Maverick, with her on these visits to hopefully foster a relationship that would benefit her son and our elder.  We wanted to find a resident that would be a good match for this family and the elder.  Through stakeholder interviews and much thought,  Elder Lena Long was selected.

On May 6, 2014, they met for the first time and it was absolutely beautiful.  The plan is for Jessi and Maverick to visit and bring goodies from time to time.  The National “Adopt a Grandparent” program is designed to bring generations closer.  This program usually takes place in a child care setting.  We are hopeful that other people in our community will grasp this concept and come Adopt a Gran at Washington Rehabilitative and Nursing Center.

“In Defiance of Suffering” was the theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer.  We were led by our Chaplain, Reverend Savannah Frederick, in the history of the National Day of Prayer.  Chaplain Frederick also talked about Signature HealthCare’s Pillar of spirituality.  She discussed the importance of spirituality and prayer.  Along with our elders and care partners were family members joining in to pray.  Prayer was led by elder Willie Daniels.  Stakeholder,Tanehia Godwin, also lead a prayer.  We ended with a prayer from Chaplain Frederick and everyone enjoyed juice and donuts after the event.