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2014-QAPI-Accreditation-Seal1Signature HealthCARE (SHC) of Buckhead 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 of Buckhead hosted its first ever Family FUN Day on Saturday, August 9, 2014.  Stakeholders, residents and their families were treated to a day of fun, food and games. New backpacks and school supplies were also given away to 50 children and free haircuts to 20 boys.

The Peachtree Road Race is an iconic Atlanta institution. The event, which attracts 60,000 runners and walkers from all over the US, is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Spectators and volunteers line the six-mile route with American flags, cups of water, and cheers for the wheelchair racers, the runners, and the walkers. Last year we loaded up the van and drove to the parking lot on the corner of Peachtree Road and Peachtree Park Drive and we had a lovely time cheering on the racers. It went so well last year that it is becoming a tradition for us. This year, we loaded up the van around 10am. We sat on the sidewalk in the shade and watched the race as we waved our American flags! The runners were very happy to see our patients/residents supporting the race.

Today we celebrated the National Day of Prayer with prayers from diverse cultures, languages, and faith groups. Our categories of focused prayers were: Business, Education, Family, Faith Groups, Government, Media, and Military. In accordance with the Signature HealthCARE corporate theme, In Defiance of Suffering, we prayed prayers for healing and wholeness in English, Arabic, and Hebrew. Our service was well attended and appreciated.

NDOP 2014

SHC of Buckhead will host an event on Thursday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is held each year on the first Thursday in May. A law was enacted in 1952 formalizing observance of the day, although its origins trace back to 1775, when the first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer and melding the relationship between government and the blessings of God. This year’s theme for Signature’s third annual National Day of Prayer celebration is ‘In Defiance of Suffering.’ “The act of unified prayer is important as a symbol of faith, but even more than that, we want this event to be actionable,” said Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality for Signature HealthCARE. “Each and every one of us suffers, in some way, maybe daily. Under this year’s theme, we want the National Day of Prayer to be a springboard for every day to be a day in defiance of suffering. We are a movement in defiance of suffering.”  “As a faith-based company, we are proud to host an event that brings together so many spiritual groups,” said Signature President and CEO Joe Steier. “We hope many will join us to celebrate this historic day.”  Representatives from several religions and faith groups will join to pray together, signifying spiritual diversity and the importance of prayer in daily life. Please join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Area on the Second Floor of our Buckhead facility.

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We celebrated Signature HealthCARE Spring Break Day and Earth Day today with planting petunia flowers in the raised planters in our outdoor garden. The weather was beautiful while we planted this morning and then a soft, gentle rain watered our newly planted flowers.

 

 

sigcares_logoToday was a blessed day for some of Atlanta’s homeless population. With the weather predicted to plummet to the vicinity of freezing tonight, we distributed meals and blankets to nearly one hundred persons who were grateful for the food, the blankets, the water, and the apple juice. One of the stakeholders new to this outreach said she had never seen anything like this: she was moved to compassion and wanted to help them. We would like to challenge communities to consider what you can do to reach out and touch someone in need. We are all able to plant seeds of kindness. Where will you plant your seeds of kindness?

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On Thursday evening, November 21st, we hosted an evening of Thanksgiving Desserts with Jazz for our patients, residents, and their families. The dietary team provided a spread of delectable desserts in each dining area and in the Lobby. One of our pastoral volunteer chaplains, Minister Sharon Chapman, supplied the live vocal jazz music in the Lobby along with her musical family and friends providing the instrumental jazz keyboard, tenor saxophone, bass guitar, and percussion. We had an enjoyable time of celebration in this season of giving thanks for so many of our families and our blessings.

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On Friday, November 1st, we hosted our annual Hall of Fame Celebration. We inducted four residents: Mary Hood, Perry Rogers, Erskine Hart, and Jacqueline Ross. We honored two faithful stakeholders: Carlene Gates and Patricia Taylor. We also acknowleged one of our spiritual volunteers from the community, Paxton Lines. Biographical homages are now mounted on the wall in our Hall of Fame Cafe. See the Hall of Fame tab on our website for previous inductees.

The Signature HealthCARE of Buckhead team held a Breast Cancer Awareness fund raiser on October 30, 2013 for our local chapter of the Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Foundation. Our Social Services Department and Transitional Care Nurse led the way and championed the cause. We sold pink tee shirts and baked cookies to raise funds. Stakeholders could wear jeans with their pink tee shirts twice in the month of October for a contribution to the cause. We were able to raise more than 650 dollars for the cause! Plans are underway to design our own tee shirts for next year’s fundraiser. To see more about the Susan G. Komen® Foundation click on the links below:

http://apps.komen.org/raceforthecure/?ecid=vanityurl:65

http://ww5.komen.org/

On Thursday, October 24, we held our annual Autumn Memorial Service.

Family members, staff, and residents shared about loved ones who have passed. We used memorial stones to hold, remember, and release in a bowl of water as a symbol of our letting go and entrusting our loved ones into the care of God. We asked God to lift us from despair and sorrow and to replace our fears with God’s love…to transform our lives in the days we have remaining until the day we see God face to face.

Some of the things that help us in our grief:

  • A memorial service like this…a special time set aside to remember…
  • Creating a space in our home with pictures and memories.
  • Writing a letter to our loved one…”If you could see me now, this is what you would see”… “If I could say one more thing to you this is what I would say.”

If you are grieving and you would like to talk with a chaplain, please call me. 404.351.6041

~Chaplain Nancy Penton, M. Div., BCC, Director of Spirituality