Signature residents ‘catch a wave to adventure’ on Florida trip

“You never get too old to enjoy life,” said a 91-year-old Signature resident who traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla. earlier this year, the fourth consecutive year Signature has taken groups of residents on vacation. Check out the video above for highlights from the trip, and be sure to click the links below for additional coverage.

Panama City Beach Vacation – 2015 on Facebook

Signature HealthCARE Quality of Life Blog

Signature HealthCARE Legislative Lady Blog

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Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Welcomes Jeremy Clifton, Our New Chaplain!

We would like to welcome Jeremy Clifton to our home as the new chaplain. Jeremy  is from Rockingham, North Carolina. He is married to Tiffany Parker, and they have two children. 

Jeremy graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in North Carolina in ’99, then from The Baptist College of Florida in ’03. He continued to study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Our chaplain offers spiritual nurturing in an interfaith environment with a non-denominational approach. He meets elders, families, and stakeholders at the point of their need by listening and developing partnerships with facility leaders, stakeholders, and community resources.

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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!

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
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


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.