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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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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 & dip, watermelon, smoked ham salad, cookies and cupcakes. A good time was had by all.

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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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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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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’s Day cake with all of their friends.