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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.

This prestigious designation is reserved for the top 10% of nursing homes in the nation!


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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Today we officially kicked off football season with a tailgate party for the stakeholders and elders!  A lot of different college teams were supported today by stakeholders. We all had a great time tailgating and eating snacks.

Today our Red Hat Ladies joined in with the Red Hat Ladies of the Stanley House of DFS and had a pizza luncheon.

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Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is an Eden Alternative Registered home.  You can learn more about this initiative at www.edenalt.org
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Residents have been enjoying VBS with their student companion from the SALT Team from Walton County Baptist Association.  As well as, crafts, bible study, music, and fellowship.


The West Florida mobile Mammography unit will be offering screening mammograms for women age 35 and over at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They will file most insurance. Medicare will pay for screening Mammograms every year with no deductible for women age 40 and over who have Medicare coverage.
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Our resident, Ms. Calhoun, had a multi-generational visit last week!  She has her son, granddaughter, and two great grandsons (that are infant cousins) visit!  How neat!

One of our residents, Aaron, moved out into his own apartment last week!  Several stakeholders got on the bus to wish him the best, although we’ll all miss him!

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Recently one of our residents  saw on the news where recent storms and tornadoes had damaged several states. After some thinking on this he came to me and asked if he could take up collections to help the victims in Mississippi and Alabama. Of course I agreed. So we created a flyer with what he wanted to be printed. We displayed the signs through tout the facility and placed collection boxes in the activity room. We discussed what kind of things that would be acceptable such as non-perishables, soaps, deodorant, etc. In less than two weeks his boxes were full. Some people gave him money, so he wanted to go to Walmart to buy items he could send.  After filling the boxes, they were mailed with a sweet note from John stating that he was praying for the victims.
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I am a resident in Chautauqua Rehab and Nursing from De Funiak Springs, Fla. To write one thing I enjoyed about the trip would be hard to do. I enjoyed ALL of it. Amazed at how everyone got along so well. And all of the places they came from. Everything went so smoothly, loading and unloading. All the employees from near and far was friendly and sociable. The food was awesome! As was the Hot Tub @ 10:30 p.m.! I extremely enjoyed the dolphin show and seeing all the different animals. Thank You for having me along!

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Thank you to Sonic in DeFuniak Springs, for this beautiful picnic table for our courtyard.  Our plant and ops department made it wheel chair friendly for our residents.  It has proven to be a great place to enjoy Sonic treats!