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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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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 Marina’s 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 ” Dock’s of the Bay ” waisting 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 story”. 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 soo 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 there!!

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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 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.

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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.