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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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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.

Everyone dreams of a couple of days on the beach.  The sunshine, sand, waves, and laid back atmosphere creating an environment of relaxation and peace.  Well, elders from five Florida Hometown Region 3 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 a 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 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 5 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 to the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Most Competitive went to Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Most Resourceful went to The Bridge at Bay St Joe and Best Teamwork 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. For Mr. John from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center it was the first time he had ever been to the beach and 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