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Donna GlassSignature HealthCARE of Greeneville is proud to announce that we have hired Donna Glass to be our new Behavioral Health Manager.

Donna is a native of North East Tennessee and grew up in Johnson City.  Donna earned her Batchelor’s degree in Nursing form King University and has extensive education in Psychology.  Donna has over 14 years experience in behavior health working in adolescent psych and adult alcohol and drug detox/dual diagnosis units, along with oncology, hematology and surgery units.  Donna has worked as a charge nurse, house supervisor, and a nurse manager.  We are excited about the extensive experience that she brings to our facility as a Behavioral Health Manager.

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Our residents enjoyed an outing to Ripley’s Aquarium where they were able to experience the wonders and splendor of life in our lakes, rivers, and oceans.  It was a serene and peaceful experience as they moved from each tank and display learning about each unique creature feeling at times as if they were in the ocean itself with them.

After their time at the Aquarium the residents chose to have lunch at Cracker Barrel where they enjoyed delicious food, good conversation and some fun shopping in the country store.

All in all it was a perfect day for a fun outing where our residents could experience some of the many things that bring joy and create memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville is showcasing its own Reflect N Us art Gallery comprised of artwork done by residents in our facility.

Reflect N Us is an annual art event held by all Signature HealthCARE facilities across the country. Residents prepare and create unique works of art to showcase within each facility’s own gallery. Submissions are also made to Signature HealthCARE’s corporate website where anyone can view and admire the beautiful works of art created by the elders within their 96 + communities.   This week we proudly displayed a variety of works of art within our lobby for staff, residents, and visitors alike to enjoy as they entered our building. If anyone would like to view the online corporate gallery they can visit www.reflectnus.com.

We are currently on the path of becoming an Eden certified community where we recognize that the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among elders in long-term care settings. One of the 10 principles that guides Eden Alternative practice is the belief that meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. Because of this we seek to provide opportunity for our elders to do things that are meaningful and essential to human health such as exercising mind, body, and spirit through artistic expression and creation. The elders in our community find satisfaction and fulfillment knowing that their works of art are displayed for others to enjoy, not only in their own facility, but also on the world wide web for all to see.

Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville is enjoying its annual Camp Signature. Camp Signature is a week long program for children that is filled with fun activities, lessons in building character, yummy food, and many opportunities to connect and build relationships with the Elders within their community.

Currently we are on the path to becoming an Eden certified community where we recognize that the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among elders in long-term care settings.  One of the 10 principles that guides Eden Alternative practice is the belief that healthy human habitats are environments that revolve around close and continuing contact with plants, animals, and children. Camp Signature is an integral part of our plan to create opportunities for our elders and children of the community to connect and enjoy each other’s company through play and recreation. All throughout the week children and elders are brought together to play. For example; Wednesday found the elders and kids having a water gun fight, Thursday they enjoyed a picnic outing to Hardin Park together, plus they enjoyed many other fun activities throughout this week. By the end of the week bonds with be formed and memories will be made that will have a lasting impact upon generations now and yet to come. Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville is proud of its commitment to foster and promote healthy cross-generational relationships and it looks forward to continuing this annual tradition for decades to come.

On Monday, elders and campers enjoyed a day of beach fun with. They enjoyed limbo, water balloons, and beach crafts. We had a total of 29 campers.

Our elders enjoyed a picnic in the park today. Some of the elders enjoyed the playground.

Today Signature HealthCare of Greeneville hosted a parade of community nursing, and assisted living facilities.  Residents from each facility participated in the event waving and smiling to townsfolk as they paraded towards the county courthouse square.  Residents and staff filled the square with their brightly colored balloons.  Lee Elliott, Administrator for Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville, provided some opening remarks, and Signature’s Chaplain Andy Van Arsdale provided a prayer of blessing and thanks.  Greeneville’s mayor, and the county Mayor also spoke recognizing the value and importance of a community taking care of its elders.  After the formalities, balloons held by Elders and staff from the representative facilities were released creating a beautiful scene of color and moment against a bright blue sky.

For Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville, today’s parade kicks off a week long celebration of all those things that bring joy and meaning to the lives of our Residents.  We will truly be living the “Aloha Spirit” this week as we join our Elders in celebrating this week of joy and fun.

NNHW_2014_header“Living the Aloha Spirit”

“Living the Aloha Spirit” is the theme for National Nursing Home Week® (NNHW), May 11-17, 2014.
To Hawaiians, the word “aloha” has a deeper significance than just a fond farewell. By Living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world. Key attributes of the “Aloha Spirit” include patience, kindness and good feelings and respect in caring about others. Embracing Aloha-Centeredness will cast a warm glow throughout your center and community.
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The Friday before Easter Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville hosted their annual easter egg hunt for the children of Signature’s residents’ families and staff.  Hundreds of eggs were hidden throughout the courtyard and residents smiled and laughed as they watched the children search high and low for the eggs.  A great time was has by all and Signature delights in finding opportunities for children to bring their energy and joy into the hearts and home of our elders.

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, we made free health screenings available to our community. These included blood pressure, respiration rates, blood glucose levels, bone density, and stress assessments .  We also partnered with the local police department to provide parents with ID kits for their children that included fingerprinting.  The event included freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs that people could purchase to benefit our residents by raising funds for activities, outings. and a special vacation to Panama City  with other residents from facilities across the country.  Signature was privileged to have provided an opportunity for residents, staff, family members, and the broader community to learn more about their health by hosting the Health Fair.  We look forward to hosting our next health fair and continuing to be the leader in providing long-term health care and inpatient rehab to our community.

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