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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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Click on this link to watch the video coverage from News Channel 7


DEFUNIAK SPRINGS– Residents of Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center sometimes have a hard time coming out of their shell.

But for the last two years, an African Spur Thigh Tortoise named Shelly has helped patients cope with their injuries and disabilities.

Brandy Meredith, an employee at the center and Shelly’s caretaker said, “They will come and befriend Shelly and come out and greet Shelly everyday and make it part of their routine.”

Long-term patient Winnie Ruthbrookshire planted a garden in the center’s courtyard where Shelly lives that’s filled with all of the tortoise’s favorite foods.

“She loves green beans,” said Ruthbrookshire.

Chautauqua patients say having a land living tortoise as one of their roommates is a once in a life time opportunity.

John Wooldridge is a resident at Chautauqua and said,”I get emotional happy because I’ve never been around turtles, I’ve been around lions and tigers and bears, but I’ve never been around a turtle before.”

The African Spur Thigh Tortoise can live up to 100 years. Shelly is 20 years old and weighs 80 pounds but can weigh up to 150 pounds.

Meredith says Shelly has a unique love for the color red.

“If you have your toe nails painted red, he will come up and sniff your toes,” said Meredith. “He likes the lady’s that have red purses so we have a red hat committee that comes out and socializes with him and he enjoys them on those days especially.”

The rehabilitation facility hosts 42 beds.  Patients going through knee and hip replacement therapy are held to a very high standard.

“We jokingly say that you have to be able to out-run Shelly in order to graduate and go home,” said Meredith.

Not all residents have the opportunity to go home, so to them, Shelly is family.

“We’re just blessed to have something like that and be able to see it and let us be one of our friends,” said Ruthbrookshire.

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On Friday, June 19th WJHG TV 7 News visited the facility to do a news piece on Shelly, the Tortoise about the therapeutic benefits he brings for the residents.

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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.

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Residents enjoyed a picnic at the Lakeyard where they fed the ducks and listened to one of our residents play the guitar and sing.

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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!

Signature HealthCARE and the Department of Spirituality will welcome several spiritual and community leaders to our corporate office in Louisville, KY for our 2015 Interfaith Global Day of Prayer celebration.

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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.

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Residents celebrated Mardi Gras by marching in a parade, enjoying a low country boil, and then decorating Mardi Gras cupcakes.

The Huffington Post posted a story about Signature HealthCARE’s resident vacation to Walt Disney World in December 2014. To read the entire article, click here.

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