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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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photo 1 (1) photo 1 (1).JPG000 photo 1 (2) photo 2 (1) photo 2 (1).JPG090909 photo 2 (3) photo 3 (1).JPG090909 photo 3 photo 4 photo 4.JPG09090909 photo 5The Jones Family had an Easter Party for family and residents on Friday, April 18th.  This included, food, activities, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny!! — at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

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Chautauqua Rehab & Nursing Center, one of 96 healthcare centers operated by Louisville, Ky.-based Signature HealthCARE, hosted their first annual Spring Break day on Tuesday, April 22, as part of a companywide ‘Spring Break’ event.  Residen…ts, stakeholders and families participated!
The group made cup cakes, and ice cream cones.  Using a hawaiian Luau theme, they listened to luau music, one resident wore a hula skirt, others wore lei sun hats and others sunglasses!
The companywide ‘Spring Break’ is one of a series of synchronized, companywide events organized annually by Signature HealthCARE. “With the weather changing, our residents are so eager to get outdoors,” said Sonya Brown, Quality of Life Director. “We’re excited to host this event as a way to keep our residents active and having fun.”
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Everyone dreams of a couple of days on the beach.  The sunshine, sand, waves, and laid back atmosphere creating an environment of relaxation and peace.  Well, elders from five Florida Hometown Region 3 homes spent two days on the beautiful beaches of Cape San Blas, Florida and they burst that environment of relaxation and peace wide open with the first Amazing Race Retreat.

Elders from The Bridge at Bay St Joe, Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center came together at William Rish Park on Cape San Blas and played a two day game of Amazing Race. They created team flags with points awarded for time completed and bonus points for creativity, they built sandcastles for points, they had to hunt down puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together for timed points, and their last event was creating a platform only out of provided materials to transport their team mascot to the water’s edge and back. During the two day event each team had their created flag and a mascot to protect. If either the flag or their mascot were left unattended another team could kidnap them for ransom points. The team whose flag or mascot was kidnapped had to draw a ransom note and pay the required points to the kidnapping team.

Everyone had so much fun completing the challenges and keeping an eye out for an unattended flag or mascot.  Mr. Willie from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Mr. John from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center took this job seriously and scouted the lodge on a regular basis to snatch the first flag or mascot they could. They said they wanted the most ransom points for their team and everyone was on their toes with these eagle eyed guys around.

To make the event even more wonderful, some amazing volunteers came and provided meals for everyone.  Lunch the first day was a tasty cookout hosted by Gentiva Home Care and Emerald Coast Hospice. Tommy Portas grilled some great burgers and hot dogs while battling some heavy winds. However, the winds didn’t stop him from grilling and they didn’t stop everyone from eating the meal.  Marsha Dickey RN, SDC from The Bridge at Bay St Joe made homemade “cathead” biscuits and grilled some delicious pancakes for everyone for breakfast.  Then for their lunch on the second day Gina Ferland RN, the Administrator of NHC HomeCare, brought ham and turkey sub sandwiches with homemade cheesy, broccoli soup. Gina also created some wonderful snack bags for everyone to take with them on their trip home. The thoughtfulness and friendliness of these kind individuals made this event even more enjoyable.

The award ceremony took place the second day just before lunch. The winning team was from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They amassed a total of 32 points that included a 5 point ransom penalty Mr. Willie was able to extract from the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The other awards that were presented that day were Most Spirited to the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Most Competitive went to Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Most Resourceful went to The Bridge at Bay St Joe and Best Teamwork was awarded to Signature HealthCARE of North Florida.

As the last day drew to a close and the buses were being loaded, elders from different homes were shaking hands, hugging necks and asking when they could come back. For Mr. John from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center it was the first time he had ever been to the beach and he said he loved it! Their smiles were big and their faces were aglow with excitement from all of the fun they had. Everyone waved goodbye as they pulled out of the parking lot, but I know many of them were thinking of different strategies for the next Amazing Race.

– Angela Conley, Regional Quality of Life Coordinator

We had an Easter Parade with our residents, staff, and children from Chautauqua Child Care in DeFuniak Springs on Tuesday.  Our residents and the children wore hats they decorated for the event.

Today’s Lunch was a “Low Country Boil” that included shrimp, potatoes, corn, tossed salad, and dessert!  Residents and staff enjoyed this inside. The rain couldn’t damper their lunch!

My Wishes Workshop

Throughout our lives, we plan for many things.  We plan our grocery lists, write down appointments and make plans for large purchases.  Some of us never thing about making decisions ahead of time and putting them in writing, but this can bring peace of mind to us and our loved ones.  Having a plan in place avoids the often difficult situation in which a person becomes ill and loved ones are left to guess what that person’s true wishes may be.
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Two of our residents are on a vacation to Cape San Blas.  They are enjoying the games, festivities, sunshine, and beach!  They’ve made new friends.  They’ve also made sandcastles!  Oh, what fun they are having!   Our group won the “Most Spirited” award!  You can tell,  they are having a blast at Cape San Blas!


Today we held a celebration luncheon for the staff.  This was to celebrate the PLATINUM survey results received from ACHA’s annual recertification visit earlier this month.  There was music in the courtyard as stakeholders tried to teach the administrator how to do the Electric Slide.

Congratulations to the stakeholders for the hard work and dedication to our home!

Some of our lady residents have formed a choir and one of them plays the piano for them.  They will be playing at a local church soon.  This choir is led by our chaplain, Gina Bowden.

Karen, Bonnie, and Sonya took some of our residents to see a movie “God’s Not Dead” in Destin.  One chaperone went on her day off to enjoy the movie with the residents!  One resident hadn’t been out on the bus in a couple of years. Thank you, ladies, for taking the time to encourage her to go!  The residents enjoyed the movie and a picnic lunch at a pavilion at the beach.  What a beautiful day to see the beach!   They were all excited when they got back to tell us how awesome the movie was!