February has been lots of fun so far at Oakview! We’ve had bunches of great activities, including a Groundhog Day Social, our own Super Bowl, and yummy treats for several days around Valentine’s Day. The weather has been weird—warm one day and cold the next!
Our bunny, Siggy, continues to win the affection of practically everyone. Who can resist a soft warm little furry creature who loves to be petted? We’ve noticed the days getting longer—yeah! Not too long until spring! Several of our families visit often and we claim them as our own. Friendly pets show up most days, accompanied by stakeholders and family members. Our wonderful volunteers bring sunshine to the hearts of elders and staff. We are thankful for people who give themselves for our elders.
All-in-all, to quote Mr. Rogers, at Oakview, “it’s a beautiful day in our neighborhood!”
Last week we had our Celebration of Life service. We had great speakers and an appreciative audience.
Chaplain Frank Queen from Lourdes Hospice shared some interesting information about grieving. He noted that in this modern time, we don’t mourn the way we did in times past. We have a funeral and expect everyone to go on with their lives after a couple of days.
I remembered that very afternoon. I made several reminder calls about our service and it was clear that some family members were still suffering from the loss of their loved one. A couple of days and a nice funeral just do not complete the mourning process.
Pastor Kevin Gaunce pointed out that growing older helps us recognize and long for our true home, our home with our heavenly father. He shared personal stories about people he has observed, and pointed out that our elders are people with a history and it is good to know the real person, the things that they did in life, their hopes and dreams, and accomplishments and families.
I am often reminded of this when I attend a funeral. Usually there are videos and pictures of the person in earlier years. At one of these funerals, a wife told me tearfully that she wished we could have known her husband as he was in those pictures.
We had beautiful music performed by Savanna Gardener and I thought of the blessing of music. It is such a pleasure to be uplifted through song.
Quality of Life Director Judy Yetter decorated and worked hard in several ways for this service. She spoke eloquently about our efforts to make our Oakview home a true home for our elders. We put a lot of effort into getting to know our elders in a meaningful way. It is a blessing to discover our elders’ history, to find out who they really are.
The service truly is a celebration of life. It is good to remember.
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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A group of stakeholders from Signature facilities in Kentucky, along with members of the home office team, gathered in Lexington, Ky., this week to attend the ‘Best Places to Work in Kentucky’ awards ceremony. Signature has received the award for two consecutive years and this year came in fourth place in its category!