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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.


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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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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Residents recently celebrated Valentine’s Day with a surprise special meal at lunch. They were served steak, baked potatoes, salad, rolls and cheesecake. The dining room was decorated just before meal time so it wouldn’t give away the surprise.

Later that afternoon, there was more to celebrate as the Valentine King and Queen were crowned. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Fox, who were crowned as the 2015 Valentine King and Queen.

The King received a Red Royal Crown and red rose boutonniere, while the Queen received a sparkling Tiara to wear and a large vase of red roses. The two shared a beautiful Valentine cake with all of their friends.


Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School visits us every Tuesday as part of their community service and classroom education by being of service to others.

On their Tuesday visit, they like to play bingo with the elders and present to them prizes that they make during their arts and craft class. Our elders thoroughly enjoy their visits and look forward to seeing what they made next for prizes.

While most homes have cats, dogs, or birds for pets, our home has some unique animals that have become really popular. In addition to having dogs at our home, we also have an 80 pound tortoise and most recently, Oliver, the pot bellied pig. Oliver has become quite popular within our community!

Just recently, Oliver was called upon by First Christian Academy to participate in their Kiss the Pig Contest. Oliver, being a good sport, was up for the challenge. The Academy was able to raise $1,000 by collecting over 10,000 box tops.

In exchange, their principal would kiss our pig! Guess what? They met their goal and Oliver received a nice big kiss from the school’s principal. Oliver has become so popular now among the elders that everyone is playing with him while the dogs watch from the sidelines!

There have been many times when Oliver has been sitting, happy and cozy, inside the home on someone’s lap while the dogs are outside watching through the window. You can almost see the quizzical question on the dogs’ faces as they think, “Now, how did we go wrong?”

Oliver is even friends with the tortoise and they often share lunch together. Happy as a pig in the mud? Not Oliver. He’s happy in the lap of an elder.


View the SHC 2014 Year In Review

Expansion. Adaptation. Innovation.

These words, in many ways, defined 2014 for Signature HealthCARE. The Revolution brought our total number of locations to 125. We welcomed new centers to the family and took pivotal steps to position SHC as an integrated care network capable of meeting health care needs across the full spectrum of care. We expanded into new business lines while continuing to enhance and invest in existing service offerings.

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This Veterans Day, Signature HealthCARE would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our nation’s military veterans, and those still actively serving. We especially want to thank all of our residents and stakeholders who served our country.

Happy Veterans Day from the Signature family to yours.

Our residents enjoyed having their family members come help them give out candy to trick-or-treaters! Everyone had an amazing time!

Stakeholder Ron Wallace teaches art to our residents in our Beautiful Minds room.  Our residents have all learned they have hidden artistic talent!

Some of our Residents went on a picnic to Hammock Bay.

A special thanks goes out to Ms. Betty Jones’s daughter Beth for arranging a trip to Hammock Bay, and for allowing the residents to use their facility on such a beautiful day! They had a fantastic time!