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Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is currently the only Eden Registered Nursing Home in the State of Florida. As a comprehensive culture change model, The Eden Alternative focuses on creating elder-centered communities—wherever elders live—that thrives on close and continuing relationships, meaningful interactions, opportunities to give as well as receive, and a rich and diverse daily life. Elder-centered communities are places where treatment is the servant of genuine human caring, elders are the daily decision-makers, and where wise leaders grow other leaders.

Thank you for visiting Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. If you have any questions about our facility, please call (850) 892-2176.


DeFuniak Springs, Fla. – Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

The news magazine and website each year publishes a list of the best nursing homes in the United States based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The list is designed, according to U.S. News & World Report, to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home this year.

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Chautauqua Rehab & Nursing Center (CRNC) has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Recently, two of our elders went on a companywide Elder Vacation to Disney World. Sandy Glasscock and Trudy Goodwin were the two elders who attended the trip along with two staff members, the Quality of Life Director and a Nurse. The trip consisted to a day at Epcot and a day at the Magic Kingdom. Ms. Goodwin states she had never been on a vacation before in her life. She was super excited to meet all of the Characters, but most especially the Princesses. She had a photo opportunity with Cinderella and Rapunzel. Trudy is a huge Michael Jackson fan. At Epcot Trudy was able to see her first 3-D show, which was of Michael Jackson. Much to everyone’s surprise she screamed with delight when Michael came on the screen because she thought he was standing right in front of her.  Both ladies took a thrill ride on the fast track and yes…it was FAST! After getting off the cars, they both laughed at how everyone’s hair was a mess and how they couldn’t believe they had just done that. Both ladies had opportunities to shop and buy souvenirs. They each bought souvenirs for their family and friends as well as for themselves.  Ms. Glasscock liked the adventure and fast rides. She was willing to try anything. She recalled going to Disney when her son was 9 years old. She said this trip brought back all those memories. She said a lot of things had changed since the last time she was here. She has always loved roller coasters, so while Epcot she had the chance to design her own roller coaster and ride the simulator. It felt just like being on a real roller coaster and thought it was an amazing invention. She loved it and would have rode it again , except she wanted to see what else there was to ride. For both of the ladies they stated this trip was something they never dreamed they would get to do. Ms. Glasscock and Ms. Goodwin said they had so much fun they did not want to go home. In Ms. Goodwin’s words, “It was Magical”

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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.

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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.

To see the full list, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1PqBuQk

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Our facility hosted a Regional outing to Hammock Bay with our sister facilities, Signature Healthcare of North Fl, Washington Rehab, and The Courtyard.  Everyone had a blast. Our residents enjoyed swimming and a cook-out.  Some of our residents went down the slide, while another lady, Ms. Debra McCormick, did hand stands in the water.

“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.

Panama City Beach Vacation – 2015 on Facebook

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Residents, staff, and family members gathered outdoors to Celebrate the 4th with a tailgate-style cook-out. The maintenance guys fired up the grill as the rest of us worked diligently to get the elders out and fix plates before the rain set in.  We had hamburgers, chips and dip, watermelon, smoked ham salad, cookies, and cupcakes. It was a great day!

atd Excellence in Practice Award - Signature HealthCARE

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.

For more information about the story, visit the SHC Newsroom.

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Residents of the facility participated in the Signature Healthcare Art Gallery. Residents have been working on artwork for the past several months. We displayed oil paintings, ceramic/acrylic painting, and pastel drawings. The artwork was put on display in our front day room for visitors, families, and peers to observe.  The art was also submitted to Signature’s Reflect ‘N Us Gallery where over 600 pieces of art is on display from all of the Signature Homes.






On Thursday May 21st, our ladies went on an outing to Panama City. What an awesome day to be at the beach! This group of ladies had a great lunch at Schooners, the last local beach club of PCB. There was a nice breeze blowing through as they looked out on the water and enjoyed lunch. Our waitress and their staff were more than accommodating.

Afterwards, the ladies wanted to ride down to one of the marinas to see if anyone had brought in any fish and to just sit around watch the boats and enjoy the sun, so we headed for Capt’n Anderson’s Marina where they sat on the ” Docks of the Bay ” wasting time. Lucky for us a boat had just came in from a day of fishing and they invited our ladies to watch them unload and take pictures with the fish so the ladies could come back with their own “fish stories.” They (the guys with the Charter boat) also took pictures of the fish with one of our willing ladies and told her she would be famous now. In one of our pictures, you can see a school of fish swimming on top of the water. The ladies were  amazed to watch that school of fish.

Thank you to the guys with the Charter Boat out of Tennessee and thank you Duane Barber for recommending Schooner’s–the ladies loved it!