WRNC HELPING THE NEXT GENERATION

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!

Great Poetry Reading Day is today!

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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Holistic Cargiver Model at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

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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Spirituality LearnFEST draws crowd for virtual learning conference

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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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2nd Annual Walk, Run, Glow 5k: Lighting the way for a cure!

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 Celebrates

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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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With Sincere Appreciation

From the family of Willie Andrews, Jr.:

Thank you so much.  On behalf of “Willie Andrews Jr.’s” family, we thank you for the 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!

Sincerely,

Tommie, Jeanetta, Tracy, and Family

Mr. Willie Andrews, Jr. of Chipley, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center of Dothan, Alabama. 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.

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Chipley Head Start Comes To Our Home!

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!

Signature HealthCARE – 2014 Year In Review

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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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