“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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SHC of Putnam Magazine Article

Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County was featured in a story about our commitment to person-centered care as an Eden Alternative home. Check out this magazine article about SHC of Putnam County!

Elders Interacting with Newly Adopted Kitties!

Yay! Smokey and Jeff have found a home! And a great one at that! Smokey and Jeff are now official residents of Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County. Smokey is a two-year-old handsome gray male kitty, and Jeff is an adorable nine-month-old male yellow tabby. Both kitties were at the Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter for several months waiting to be adopted. Thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who work each day in the cat/kitten area at the animal shelter, both Smokey and Jeff were socialized daily, so that their transition to their new home at Signature HealthCARE was a smooth one!

Both kitties are very playful and provide lots of entertainment for the elders. The kitties have free reign to visit those on the lower floor of the building. The upper floor has its own greeter–a much loved pooch!

While visiting the facility, it was clear to see that both the elders and staff enjoy having the kitties there – and the kitties are having a ball. Both kitties are very friendly and approach the elders or visitors easily, eager for a scratch behind the ears and happy to begin purring.

Signature HealthCARE CEO Lee Rooney explains that, “[a] good percentage of our elders had pets in their homes, and having pets in this setting helps to create a home-like environment. The pets in our facility have been well-received. They are entertaining and help to eliminate loneliness and boredom. In some cases, they illicit emotions and speech from non-verbal residents. All elders are monitored for pet allergies or those who prefer not to be visited by Smokey and Jeff.”

Thanks to CEO Lee Rooney and the Signature HealthCARE staff for understanding the immense value of having pets (they have birds and fish, too), in their facility! It is a win-win for all as both the pets and the elders are blessed.

Elder’s Special Trip to Virginia Beach

Dreams Take Flight In Virginia Beach

C.S. Lewis said “You are never too old to set a new path or dream a new dream.” We are learning that this week as 60 elders and stakeholders from Signature Hometown homes in Kentucky and Tennessee are visiting Virginia Beach on our 14th Elder Vacation.

The elders all arrived to the resort with their eyes full of hope and their heads full of dreams. Fran’s dream has always been to see the ocean. I won’t likely forget the sweet tears of joy she shed as she slipped her shoes off to feel her toes in the sand for the very first time.

Yesterday we started the day by climbing aboard our tour bus to take a quick driving tour of Virginia Beach to learn the local history. We enjoyed touring the Cape Henry lighthouses along the way. Roberta, one of our elders, had lived in the area previously and she enjoyed being our tour guide and told us everything we needed to know.

When our bus pulled up to the Military Aviation Museum, our elders were especially excited. Like always, we were given the star treatment and pulled all the way back to the hangar where the planes were out practicing flights for their weekend show. We were treated to lunch in the hangar with the WWII planes and a fun talk by Rosie The Riveter!

The museum staff asked Cordell and Harry, two of our veterans, to sign the Living History boards at the museum. It was exciting for them to share with us their time in the services and that opened up the afternoon to so many stories and memories!

In the evening, we took a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which the elders were amazed by. They couldn’t imagine the tunnel was built underwater and that we were driving underwater! We arrived to the Chesapeake Grille for a special dinner on the water.

Walking on the pier last night, watching our elders so full of joy and happiness made my own heart soar. I was reminded of a Henry David Thoreau quote: “Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” In that moment, I saw all their dreams starting to take flight with them!

Stay tuned to see where our newly spread wings take us next!

-Angie McAllister

Protect and Serve Luncheon


Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County recently hosted a “Protect and Serve” luncheon for our first responders. Our facility was able to show our appreciation for what these fine men and women do for our community. Thank you!

New “Restore Me” Program

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Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County is proud to announce that they have recently launched “Restore Me,” a new twist on restorative nursing. As part of that launch, they have kicked off a new program entitled “Race Route 66.” In this unique competition, elders from Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County are competing against elders from other Signature homes to see which facility can walk the equivalent of Route 66, which is 2,451 miles. This will occur over the course of the next few months and end in November or December with a winner.

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Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County Begins Summer Camp for Children and Elders

Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County has recently launched a summer camp, entitled Camp Signature. The purpose of the summer camp is to build lasting relationships between our residents (elders) and children.

Camp Signature’s initial camp was last summer where employees brought their children, ages five and above, to work. “Last year we had between four and six children here daily interacting with our elders. This year we have seen the numbers rise to twelve on a consistent basis,” stated Lee Rooney, Signature of Putnam’s CEO. The added benefit is for the stakeholders, who get to bring their children to work and do not have to worry about finding someone to watch them. “It certainly is a win-win for everyone. Stakeholders are able to save a significant amount of money not having to pay for childcare during the summer months, and our elders enjoy having the presence of children in our facility to interact with,” added Rooney.

The residents and children engage in a full day of activities each day the camp is offered. There is a theme for each week, such as Super Hero Week, Wet-N-Wild Week, and Under the Sea. Some of the activities include a water balloon toss/fight, super hero training, a petting zoo, and bouncy house fun.

There are some activities that just involve the children, while others incorporate the elders into them. This program is a great opportunity for children to build relationships with the elders and learn new things from them, and the elders have enjoyed participating in the activities and being with all of the children.

“I am convinced there is no better equation than placing children and elders in each other’s lives with the purpose of growing community,” said Angie McAllister, director of quality of life. “When planting the seeds of culture change in a nursing home environment, watering it with initiatives such as this will only stimulate growth and the true feeling of “home” that we are all searching for.”

The purpose of this program is to lift a weight off of the parents’ shoulders, and also to create an environment that is fun and exciting for the children and elders.

For more information about Camp Signature, contact Shelley West, Quality of Life Director at 931-537-6524. Additional pictures can also be found on the Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County’s Facebook page.

Virginia’s Easy Sausage Skillet Dinner

Miss Virginia found this recipe for an easy sausage skillet dinner in a cooking magazine and couldn’t wait to try it. She lead Cooking Club and demonstrated how to make the dish for elders and staff using an electric skillet. It was a hit with everyone!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Pkg. Smoked Sausage, diagonally cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, sliced thin
  • 1 Pkg.Frozen Broccoli, thawed
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Cups Instant Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


Heat olive oil and crushed garlic, stir in smoked sausage slices and cook until smoked sausage is browned. Add pepper, onion, broccoli, chicken broth, and tomato sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender and the liquid is absorbed. In the meantime, cook rice according to package instructions. Stir rice into the skillet, sprinkle with cheese and serve.