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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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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.

Whispering Willows Neighborhood of Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center celebrated National Women Wear Red Day in a big way this month.  1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Whispering Willows Neighborhood celebrated National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 to help save women’s lives.

Whispering Willows Neighborhood used to be known as Hall Two.  “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 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!  activities camera 099

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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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From the family of Willie Andrews, Jr.”

Thank you so much.  On behalf of “Willie Andrews Jr” family.  We thank you for caring and kindness shown to our loved one during his illness.  Words can’t express how much we appreciated the services provided.  “May God Bless All of You!”


Tommie, Jeanetta, Tracy and Family

{Mr. Willie Andrews, Jr., 86 of Chipley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center of Dothan, AL. He was of the Methodist Faith and a member of Grant Tabernacle A.M.E. Church. He served three years in the U.S. Navy, and also did masonry construction.
Survivors include his children, Tommie Lee Andrews (Jeanetta) of Chipley, Willie Mae Hines (David), Cora Andrews, both of Brunswick, GA, and Ronnie Andrews of Brooklyn, NY; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; aunt, Rosa Lee Graham and other relatives and friends.  Home Going Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 from the sanctuary of Grant Tabernacle A.M.E. Church of Chipley, with pastor, the Rev. Sandra Jones, Elder Stephen Andrews, Supt. David Woods, Jr., the Rev. George Williams, and the Rev. Tony Davis, officiating. Committal Services will follow in the Saint Joseph Cemetery of Chipley. Mr. Andrews was in state at the church from 10 a.m., Thursday until time for services to start at 11 a.m. with the Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, directing.}

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It is always a pleasure to have the Chipley Head Start children come  visit our home.  The children bring so much fun and laughter to our elders, and our elders give them hugs and help them with their projects.  This intergenerational program has been consistently active since 2012.

This month, the children were able to come and share new songs that they have learned, including a rendition of Frozen’s “Let it Go.”  The elders enjoy the interaction and are able to give back by helping the children color or create a project.  It’s a win-win!  Our elders are looking forward to next month when the children come back for Valentine’s Day!


View the SHC 2014 Year In Review

Expansion. Adaptation. Innovation.

These words, in many ways, defined 2014 for Signature HealthCARE. The Revolution brought our total number of locations to 125. We welcomed new centers to the family and took pivotal steps to position SHC as an integrated care network capable of meeting health care needs across the full spectrum of care. We expanded into new business lines while continuing to enhance and invest in existing service offerings.

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Elders at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center held their annual Christmas Party on December 18, 2014, from 5 pm until 7 pm.  Good food and good company made the party a big success.

The elders were served by New Vizh-uhn, Inc. community group members of Chipley, Florida.  The elders’ families were also present to enjoy the fun.

The definition of change is to:

  1. Become or make different: to become different, or make something or somebody different
  2. Substitute or replace something: to exchange, substitute, or replace something
  3. Pass from one state to another: to pass or make something pass from one state or stage to another

With emphasis on elder-centered care, many nursing home providers have embraced the household model and its reliance on workers who can successfully function in different roles, pitch in where needed, and deliver on elders’ needs.  Holistic workers are the main piece in a elder-centered model of care.

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This Veterans Day, Signature HealthCARE would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our nation’s military veterans, and those still actively serving. We especially want to thank all of our residents and stakeholders who served our country.

Happy Veterans Day from the Signature family to yours.