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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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Signature HealthCARE and the Department of Spirituality will welcome several spiritual and community leaders to our corporate office in Louisville, KY for our 2015 Interfaith Global Day of Prayer celebration.

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National Nursing Home Week is May 11th through 15th. The AHCA established the National Nursing Home Week in 1967. This is a week-long observance recognizing nursing homes.  This is what we will be doing at Washington Rehab and Nursing Center this week:

Monday ~ Twilight Zone Day

Tuesday ~ Show Your Character Day

Wednesday ~ All Day Fishing Trip

Thursday ~ Dance Like a Chicken Day

Friday ~ Chocolate Chip Day

Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is helping the next generation by giving back at Pal’s Park in Chipley, Florida.  Our elders are serving up cokes, hotdogs, and chips with a smile to benefit our youth who participate in recreational activities at Pal’s Park.  Check out the story in the Washington County Newspaper online here!

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Great Poetry Reading Day is in honor of some really great verse. There are millions of poems out there. Some are good,  some not so good.  Today the world’s greatest poetry needs to be read! Celebrate today in any or all of the following ways: read poetry, hold a poetry reading hour or party, listen to poetry, write your own poetry (someday it may be looked upon as great!).  In honor of Great Poetry Reading Day, we’d like to share the following poem by Maya Angelou with you.

Old Folks Laugh

They have spent their
content of simpering,
holding their lips this
and that way, winding
the lines between
their brows. Old folks
allow their bellies to jiggle like slow
tambourines.
The hollers
rise up and spill
over any way they want.
When old folks laugh, they free the world.
They turn slowly, slyly knowing
the best and the worst
of remembering.
Saliva glistens in
the corners of their mouths,
their heads wobble
on brittle necks, but
their laps
are filled with memories.
When old folks laugh, they consider the promise
of dear painless death, and generously
forgive life for happening
to them.
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The Holistic Caregiver Model will kick off on April 24, 2015, at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  This model is rooted in not only improving the length of life, but also to improve quality of life of its elders. A holistic caregiver must take notice of not only basic needs, but also social, emotional, physical, and mental health needs of elders in the home.  Our facility is no longer called the nursing home, but their home.  Each home is broken down into smaller homes, called neighborhoods.  Each neighborhood is filled with holistic caregivers and elders who work together for a common purpose.  The holistic caregivers are able to provide more individualized care for the elders in their neighborhood.  The holistic caregiver provides  nursing care, quality of life care, as well as tends to the cleaning in each neighborhood.

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More than 1,000 Signature staff members registered for the recent Spirituality LearnFEST, a virtual learning conference that encouraged participants to consider the impact of spirituality, if fully activated, in a long-term care environment.

And that number doesn’t even include the many who joined in groups, in offices, breakrooms and wherever there were TVs or computers at Signature centers across 10 states to view the live broadcast. The event featured sessions that tied spirituality to numerous aspects of long-term care and health care, from clinical care to legislative involvement and the impact of spirituality in the workplace.

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What is physical therapy?

Per Web MD: physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level. The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier. For example, it may help with walking, going up stairs, or getting in and out of bed. Physical therapy can help with recovery after some surgeries. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems such as arthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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The 2nd Annual Walk, Run, Glow 5k: Lighting the way for the Cure was a huge success.  Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center partnered with NorthWest Florida Community Center to promote awareness and raise funds for American Cancer Society.

The 5k garnered over 200 runners, volunteers, and staff all glowing and excited about the race.  The Kid’s 1 mile Fun Run/Walk/Bike was held first and the winners of that race were Kaden Creamer and Maggie Clifton. The overall winner of the 5k was Austin Lambert of Georgia.

The night ended with Talk-O-the-Town winning the trophy for the most registrants from a business.  Dena Cooper of NWFCH and I would like to thank all of the runners, staff, and volunteers who helped make this a success.

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Whispering Willows Neighborhood used to be known as Hall Two.  Our neighborhoods are clearly defined geographic zones of the Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  These neighborhoods are made up of the elders who live in that particular zone and the stakeholders who primarily work there.  Whispering Willows elders and stakeholders decided to all wear red on this historic day and to pass out health information regarding Heart Health for Women!

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The Huffington Post posted a story about Signature HealthCARE’s resident vacation to Walt Disney World in December 2014. To read the entire article, click here.

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