It is true; the happiest place on earth can offer joy and enchantment to even those many moons past childhood.
The Bridge at Monteagle, a Signature HealthCARE Hometown facility specializing in dementia and Alzheimer’s care, accompanied two of their amazing elders to experience the wonderful world of Disney at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Through facility fundraising efforts led by Quality of Life Director Jessica Cook, support from parent company Signature HealthCARE, the Signature Hometown division and Chief Operating Officer Chris Cox, the elders enjoyed a round-trip flight and all-inclusive vacation to Orlando, Florida. This trip was not only a dream come true for the elders, but was also their first time ever boarding an airplane or going to a theme park!
Shirley, 61, and Barbara, 75, both citizens of The Bridge of Monteagle for several years, were all smiles as they returned home from their adventure. They were greeted by a long line of staff members, all anxiously waiting with hugs, kisses and questions about their experience. Shirley said, “It was great! I had a lot of fun and even rode a roller coaster,” as she smiled big and hugged a nursing assistant’s neck.
Barbara was full of details as she grinned ear to ear and raved about roller coasters, park rides and how she bravely rode the airplane! She was proud and so was the team. There was a distinct feeling of compassion and love in the room as the elders shared their stories and experiences from the trip. Even the staff members who cared for the elders during the trip were ecstatic as they, too, excitedly described the vacation’s events. Stories of adventurous roller coaster rides, Mickey Mouse meet and greets, and even a photo op with life-size chipmunks could be heard among the chatter. Laura, a nursing assistant sporting a blue Disney World t-shirt as she unloaded bags from the facility’s travel bus, smiled and said, “Put me down for next year! That was a blast!”
Overall, this year’s elder vacation at The Bridge at Monteagle was definitely a hit with elders and staff alike. Since 2007, this Signature facility has been using programs such as annual elder vacations, Hall of Fame recognition events, citizen council meetings and more to enhance the quality of each and every day for their elders at The Bridge at Monteagle. Though each year, Signature elders travel far and wide, from Panama City Beach to Branson and even as far as Boston, it looks like Disney World has taken the cake! Just goes to show you, the magical wonder of Disney has absolutely no age limit.
“I want to thank all of you for the splendid treatment, concern, and the care that you gave to Daddy and me in my Dad’s last days. It has touched my heart in a way I will never forget. Everyone was there any time I needed them. I know there were times that Daddy was hard to deal with. You all did it with a smile. As Daddy has told me many times, “There was never a cross word from anyone.” I don’t know how I could have taken care of him without the Bridge. All of you have a very special place in my heart forever. Daddy will be sadly missed. He and I had some good times there, it wasn’t all bad. We laughed and enjoyed our visits. Getting him into a wheel chair could be quite funny, as we would usually wind up in the floor; too tickled to get up. We made many memories for me there, I thank you all again from the bottom of my heart.”
More than 100 Signature HealthCARE (SHC) facilities were recognized this year for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) efforts by Providigm, which develops quality management systems for long-term care providers.
Signature HealthCARE is proud to once again be named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “Best Places to Work in Healthcare!” Only 100 nominees make the list each year and this is the fourth time Signature HealthCARE has been named to the list! The ranked order of nominees will be revealed in October.
“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.
Signature HealthCARE received the citation in the ‘Facilitating Organizational Change’ category for its Executive CNA Program. The award recognizes organizations for results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of talent development.
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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.