SHC of Putnam County Recognizes Hall of Fame Inductees

Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County recently celebrated the induction of 4 new members to their Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Inductees:

Hometown hero Elia Johnson has served as a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 20 years. She is a compassionate caregiver at home and at work.

Navy veteran and retired police detective Thomas Williams is an accomplished artist and Tennessee native.

Pastor Ted Kocher serves the residents and community of Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County as a valued volunteer and volunteer recruitment liaison.

Army veteran Paul Fehr was an ardent lover of classic cars and a recipient of the U.S. Army Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Leadership.

Elder’s Enjoy the Theatre and Observatory

 

A Whole New World

by Angie McAllister

Today we experienced a “whole new world” with our Elders. With an early start, we loaded the Big Bus New York and took off to One World Observatory. Walking through the World Trade Center grounds, one of the Elders was already overcome with emotions. She was remembering the history that marked the spot with sadness and realizing what that day in 2001 must have looked like for so many. We entered the One World Observatory and immediately were ushered into elevators. The elevators took us 102 floors up (1,776 feet) in only 42 seconds! The Elders were amazed at how everything was so lightening fast! Once off the elevators, we went into the theatre room and watched a short video about the city. After the video was over, the curtained raised and we saw a beautiful view of the city from above. One Elder just looked in complete awe and all she could say was, “wow” repeatedly! The facial expressions on the Elder’s faces as they made their way through the observatory and looked at the city below were amazing! They loved taking pictures and getting their picture made from above the city. Some even enjoyed looking up sites on the IPAD provided to learn more about each area they would be visiting this week and some they wouldn’t get the chance to. After a fun filled morning at the Observatory everyone headed back to Times Square for some free time.

This afternoon our entire group got dressed up and ready for a night on the town! We enjoyed dinner at Bucca Di Beppo’s before hitting Broadway! We couldn’t wait to watch Aladdin, The Musical! From the moment we stepped into the historic New Amsterdam theater, we were struck by the sheer beauty of it. So many productions had taken place right here and now we got to part of the history of it all as well! One of the Elders met a lady from Louisville, Kentucky who presented her with a gift because she felt a connection to her. They became friends! The production itself was mesmerizing. The Elder’s eyes were dancing with joy and happiness as they took it all in! Afterward they couldn’t wait to get a group picture outside the theatre as we were leaving.

From the heights of the One World Observatory to the thrills of Broadway, our Elders have indeed experienced a whole new world. One Elder summed it up perfectly tonight, ” I never thought I could do this but here I am! I am going to START thinking about me because I’ve always put others first. I want to travel more.” I love that while most of the world has written our Elders off as being “‘done with life”, they are in fact only just BEGINNING! It is indeed a “Whole New World”.

Visiting Lady Liberty!

Lady Liberty!

by Angie McAllister

The weather in New York City may have been chilly this morning, but it was no match for the excitement of our Elders. We couldn’t wait to board the Big Red Bus and tour the city! We had plans to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island today and nothing was going to slow us down! As the bus whizzed down the city streets of NYC, everyone marveled at all the city had to offer. They couldn’t believe we were passing by NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building to name a few.

Once we arrived in Battery Park, we could see Lady Liberty from the distance across the water. There she stood in all of her majesty. We couldn’t believe we were finally about to see her up close and personal. The Elders were all laughing as we boarded the Ferry. Everyone was buzzing with conversation about all of the things we had already seen and what was yet to come. After we were off the ferry at Liberty Island, we all started walking the path around to the Statue of Liberty. We couldn’t believe the size of her as we approached. Each person’s eyes filled with awe and wonder at how significant this moment really was. One of the Elders said, “It’s like we are living in a movie but this is real life!”

Over the past six years we have had the joy to be with over 2400 Elders and Stakeholders on Elder Vacations. We have loved watching them be explorers and enjoying their lives. However, today we realized it is so much more than a “trip” or a “vacation”. As I stood watching the Elders turn their heads to see the Statue of Liberty up close for the first time, I felt a few tears escape my eyes. As their gazes turned upward to revel in Lady Liberty’s beauty, I couldn’t help but turn my thoughts toward freedom.

Freedom is a powerful word. 7 years, 2400 people and a lot of freedom. Freedom for Elders to live their lives in a way that they had never dreamed up. To mark things off their bucket list. To say, “I did that”. Freedom for our Stakeholders to build beautiful relationships with our Elders. Freedom to give love, life and happiness to many people. Tonight an Elder told me I was her best friend. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Elders Trip to New York!

New York, New York!

by Angie McAllister

Elders from four Signature HealthCARE homes descended upon the Big Apple today for a week of fun and excitement! The adventure was only just beginning as we stepped off the plane. After a quick lunch at the airport, we all boarded the bus to our hotel near Times Square! Everyone marveled at the size of the buildings and the number of people around us on the way to the hotel. One Elder said, “They sure did make some big buildings here.” Another said, “There’s just everything right here.” None of us could believe the size of the city.

After a quick rest at the hotel, it was time to start walking to dinner. Tonight we ate at Hard Rock Café in Times Square! The Elders always enjoy eating at Hard Rock Café and this one did not disappoint. One lady told me it was the best hamburger she had ever eaten. I can’t help but think it was the excitement within her that made it taste so much better!

The walk to Times Square was breathtaking in so many ways. The Elders stopped along the path so many times, to just take it all in. They couldn’t believe all the “tv screens” that were flashing different things around them. Some even stopped to meet some of the “characters” on the streets of NYC. Their faces lit up with joy and excitement. Each Elder’s eyes held a special light that I had not seen previously. It could only be the true joy that comes from living. Yes, we are living life this week in a way that is bigger than normal!

After dinner, we enjoyed sitting around the hotel lobby with coffee and tea. Everyone shared some stories of their day and what they thought was the best part. Louise, an Elder living in Bardstown, KY told me, “Today was the best day of my life. I am living my dream.”

Life happens all around us. Much like the blur of the city, it passes us by whether we are watching for it or not. Luckily this week, we are able to live life in such a way that most can only dream about. Only one of the Elders and a few stakeholders on this trip have ever been to NYC. This experience will be something they will never forget. In fact, it continues to change the way that others view those who are aging. They are strong pioneers teaching the world how to live life BIG!

Stay tuned for all the adventures of this week! We visit the Statue of Liberty tomorrow!

Signature Empowers CNAs with Innovative Pinnacle Program!

Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County Pinnacle CNA's pictured above.
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County Pinnacle CNA’s pictured above.

Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County’s innovative Pinnacle program encourages employees to climb to new heights by honing their skills. The Pinnacle program is offered to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to grow in their career, not only with personal improvement, but financial as well.

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Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County Receives National Award

Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County has received Providigm’s Advanced Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Accreditation. Advanced accreditation is typically only achieved by 10% of customers within the United States. This is truly an elite group. Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County continues to be a leader in providing quality care to their Elders!

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“Great American Eclipse” Viewing Party

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun! And what better way to view it than with friends, food, and fun? Join us on Monday, August 21, on our lawn to view what’s been named the “Great American Eclipse!” For more information about this stellar event, please visit: http://bit.ly/2tMsx0n

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