Nursing Home Week: “International Day”

On the first day of Nursing Home Week, we started with an international theme. We had stakeholders from the countries of Bulgaria and El Salvador help us with our culture fair and host booths from their countries. They both brought in food from their countries for the residents to taste test. We also had two other booths from Japan and Kenya.

Our residents loved learning about these different countries, and most of all taste testing the yummy (and maybe not so yummy when it came to the octopus) cuisines. It was a fun filled day with brand new experiences to be sure.

To end the day we had Matt Bridges from Music for Seniors come in and play island themed music with our residents. He brought in plenty of instruments for them to play along with him. They loved listening and playing along to the music with fun daiquiris in their hands.

Day one of nursing home week was a wonderful success!

Spring Break Day

The residents at Madison had a picnic outside on the patio for Signature’s Spring Break day. They enjoyed sub sandwiches, chips, cookies, and Coca Cola, all alongside some good ole fashioned vitamin D. The weather could not have been more perfect for our wonderful lunch!

New Zealand Day

The residents at Madison enjoyed experiencing the culture of New Zealand. The day started with a virtual tour of New Zealand. We looked at pictures and videos of the gorgeous landscape and interesting people in New Zealand. In the afternoon we made a kiwi bread, a New Zealand staple. The bread has actual bits of kiwi in it! We topped it with a lemon juice and powered sugar icing. The residents loved it so much they asked us to make it again! The residents also enjoyed coloring pictures of traditional Maori artwork.

We are all looking forward to next month’s culture, Mexico!

Pancakes and Pajamas

Our crew at Signature HealthCARE of Madison had a Pajama and Pancake Day! The staff and residents dressed in their fave pajamas and ate pancakes with any topping they could think of. The residents also enjoyed a musical performance by group of second graders from Madison Academy. It was a wonderful day full of great food and beautiful praises to the Lord!

Day Trippin’ to Alabama

Residents and staff from Signature HealthCARE of Columbia and Signature HealthCARE of Madison took a trip to Huntsville, Ala. to visit the Space and Rocket Center. It was a day full of activities, but it started with a beautiful fall drive down I-65.

We learned many fun facts about the different rockets, engines, and how astronauts live in space. One interesting fact we learned is that astronauts combat the effects of weightlessness by exercising for at least two hours a day! Whew!

It was cool to see all of the different rockets on display around the museum. We saw just about everything the museum had to offer, even an IMAX movie about the “Journey to Space”.

It was such a fun day bringing these two groups together. I feel like this was just the beginning of the collaborations for these two buildings.

Ashley Graham, Regional Quality of Life Director

Nashville Zoo Mania

Staff and residents from Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux, Signature HealthCARE of Bowling Green, Signature HealthCARE of Clarksville, and Signature HealthACRE of Madison enjoyed an eventful “Senior Day” at the Nashville Zoo!

The crew kept busy by working their way through the terrain of the zoo, hearing zookeepers speak about the different animals like the macaws and the giraffes.

There were so many great sights to take in on this warm autumn day, and the residents were antsy to see it all. Everybody joined together for a picnic lunch, and then went back to exploring. It was a great day of fun in the sun!

Nashville Senior Olympics

Nashville held our first ever Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics at Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux. Bordeaux hosted four other Signature facilities which included Signature HealthCARE of Bowling Green, Cleveland, Columbia, and Madison.

Each building brought six residents to enjoy a little friendly competition in events like the ADL Challenge, Wii Bowling, Cornhole, Shot Put, Trivia, and Wheelchair races. The residents enjoyed a motivational speech from Judge Rachel Bell, who is the Nashville General Sessions judge.

Judge Bell is a huge advocate for the Bordeaux community, and he was excited to speak at our event. The residents were also motivated by cheers and a dance performance by cheerleaders from Pearl Cohn Magnet High School. Our first “Signature’s Got Talent” Winner, April Ashley, belted out the National Anthem to kick-off the games.

The top three teams were awarded trophies with the hometown favorite, Bordeaux, taking gold, Bowling Green taking silver, and Madison taking home bronze. The “Most Spirited” award went to SHC of Columbia, the “Most Creative Banner” went to SHC of Cleveland, and the “Sportsmanship Award” went to SHC of Bowling Green. But one resident said, “Everyone really won today!”

The teams shared many memories and laughs while dancing to the Nae Nae, the Wobble and performing a little karaoke. Many new friendships were made while old friends were able to reunite. This was truly a day of togetherness, friendship and family with a little friendly competition mixed in. Thanks for making the trek through Nashville traffic to join such a momentous occasion.

Special Thanks goes to AMR, Chandler Watson, The Ambassadors Golf Club of Columbia, and Avalon Hospice for donating snacks and food for the event. Thank you Judge Rachel Bell, Pearl Cohn High School Cheerleaders, Kernel Dave-our DJ extroardinaire, Melissa Spencer, Chaplain Bill Smith from SHC of Madison for our opening prayer, Chaplain Dwayne Lowe from SHC of Bowling Green for our closing prayer, Donna Reed for being our photographer, and our regional and facility volunteers.

Ashley Graham, Regional Quality of Life Director

Signature’s Got Talent

In July, each Nashville facility held their own talent show to determine who would move on to the main event held at Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux on August 21st.

Signature HealthCARE of Columbia, Signature HealthCARE of Nashville, Signature HealthCARE of Madison, and Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux gathered together to celebrate the talent pulsating throughout our community.

There were 14 acts total, with two stakeholder winners and two resident winners per facility. The competition was fierce and it even warranted a guest appearance from Elvis! Elvis opened the event and then played a brief intermission, plus he was kind enough to take some pictures with the staff and residents.

After the acts performed, it was left up to our guest judges to determine who would take the Talent crown. Our Stakeholder Signature’s Got Talent Champion was April Ashley our Signature HealthCARE of Nashville, and our resident winners were Hal Phillips and Cheryl Bilbrey from Signature HealthCARE of Madison.

Everyone who performed was stellar, and I know that it was hard for our guest judges to determine the winners. This was a great day we shared with our Nashville facilities, and you could definitely feel the bond that was formed between the buildings.

Thanks to all of those that participated in making this event so much fun for our stakeholders and residents!

And a special thanks goes out to the Nashville Market Culture Team, guest judges – Mark Wortley, Bev Lowery, Mike Easley, and David Baumgartner, Master of Ceremonies – Will Blank, AMR for providing refreshments, Nashville Night Life for providing resident prizes, and Don O’Saile for being the Elvis extraordinaire!

Signature Facilities Enjoy Resident “Stay-cation”

Signature HealthCARE kicked off its Stay-cation season with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville, TN.

A total of 58 residents and staff from Signature Healthcare of Cleveland, Signature Healthcare of Columbia, Signature Healthcare of Larkin Springs, and Donelson Place Care and Rehab came together to tour the museum.

They took a stroll down memory lane and learned fun facts about some of the great Country Music Stars (new and old), checked out the wonderful exhibits, and even took a turn in the recording booth!

Many of the residents reminisced about seeing the stars on stage, meeting some of the greats in person, and their own personal stories of being in music groups.

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