On 4/16/2015 Elders and Staff headed on an adventure. On our first Stop, we visited The Home Place at Land between the Lakes. The Elders really enjoyed looking at history, they talked about things there that they had used at their grandparents. The home had a breezeway that several remember having, showing corncob checkers, to an old Iron Wood Stove. It gave our Elders a great deal to discuss. After leaving the Home Place we traveled on to a place called Patti’s Settlement. We went in sat down and had an amazing lunch. From Burgers to Fillet’s they ate til they could eat no more. Oh and lets not forget flowerpot bread and strawberry butter. I ask around the table what was the favorite part of the day. Each Elder stated the best thing about the day was just being together with friends, laughing and having fun.
Kickin’ it Irish Style was the theme for this years celebration. From the 3/13 to 3/21 Erin went all out to celebrate Irish week, Signature Health Care of Erin staff and elders were right in the middle. From kick off breakfast, Irish potato bar complete with green beer, carnival, the Miss Emerald Beauty pageant and the huge Irish parade where our elders rode in the rec. club trolley, some just went sat and watched, Our Float came in 1st place for the 3rd year straight. Irish week is a lot of work, however we are in Irish country.
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.
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.
We are very Honored to have hosted the Annual American Legion Dinner here at SHC of Erin. David Steppee, our chaplain, coordinated with the American Legion committee to hold their Annual Dinner for the first time here at SHC Erin. In attendance we had 22 veterans, three of whom were in WWII. There were also WWII veterans from our community. The Keynote Speaker was Senator Mark Green. We had around 125 in attendance. Several of our staff that are veterans attended. Thanks to all who made this evening possible. It was a great way to spend and acknowledge those who served that we could have freedom.
Every day at Signature HealthCARE of Erin we are blessed with an array of lovely visitors who devote a little time out of their day to visit with our elders. Although most of our visitors consist of family members, we often times are graced with non-traditional family members such as llamas, dogs, cats, and sometimes ponies.
On November 11, 2014 the tiniest baby llama came to visit our elders along with a group of homeschooled children that performed a presentation for our United States Veterans. One of the elders described her afternoon as being one of the best she has had in long time. We thank our visitors who walk on both two and four legs for taking the time to brighten the day of our family members here at Signature HealthCARE.
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.