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“Here at Signature HealthCARE of East Louisville, our stakeholders, residents, and family members are a united team. We work as a family to not only provide exceptional medical care, but to foster friendships and compassion for our residents.” Brian Mueller, Administrator

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Louisville, Ky. – SHC of East Louisville has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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We had a great time on Saturday, when several of our residents received gifts through Home Instead’s ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program.

We had about 10 officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department 6th Division and 6th Division Advisory Board visit with us on Saturday and deliver the gifts.  They brought gifts for 20 of our residents for Christmas, plus donated a lot of gifts to our Quality of Life Department. Our residents were amazed by the wonderful gifts and the generosity of the officers. Each resident received at least two outfits, plus music CDs, pajamas, toiletries and more.

Diane James said she was very thankful that the officers came to spend time with us. She said she was amazed because “they spend their efforts protecting us and then to take the time to show us how much they also care for the people they protect.”

Sharon VanHaverbeke remarked that it feels good to know she wasn’t forgotten, like so many can be during this time of year.

Gary Trabue, a big U of L fan, received a nice Cardinal jacket and some U of L shirts. He has been wearing the coat every day.

We have also been blessed to partner with Annie’s Attic in Louisville for the past several years.  They adopt every long-term resident in our facility for Christmas to make sure they receive a gift for Christmas.

It was so wonderful that we were able to be given this gift from Home Instead and the Louisville Metro Police Department.  It felt so good to see their faces light up with excitement at opening their gifts and knowing that someone took the time to care.

– Keri Jewell, Quality of Life Director

Joyce Shawler received her Bachelor of Science Degree from WKU in June 1964.  She has always been very proud of that accomplishment.  During the past, in the transition of moving from one place to another, her diploma was lost.  She said that she thought she would never see it again.  Our team jumped at the chance to allow Joy the thrill of seeing her diploma again.  Our Administrator Brian and Chaplain Jimmy were able to contact the school and they printed another diploma for Joy.  It was a sweet surprise for Joy when we were able to present her with this prized possession.  It hangs proudly in her room where she can see it every day.  Congratulations Joy!

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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.

Cooking with LoveJust in time for the holiday cooking season, Signature HealthCARE (SHC) has released a cookbook featuring recipes – some generations old – from residents and staff members in its nursing homes.

Titled ‘Cooking with Love,’ the book features a little bit of everything, from appetizers, soups and salads to sides, all-American dishes, ethnic fare, desserts and more. The project began earlier this year in Signature’s Urban Division, with staff members at SHC centers soliciting recipes from residents and contributing their own.

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Recently, we were able to celebrate the Belle of Louisville’s 100 birthday with the Centennial Festival of Riverboats.  We took a river boat tour of the Ohio River on the Spirit of Peoria where we dined on a feast of delicious foods and live entertainment.  It was such a treat to be able to attend this once in a lifetime event and help the Belle celebrate 100 years of fun in the city of Louisville.

SHC Hall of Fame

For those unable to attend a SHC Hall of Fame ceremony, we’re bringing the celebration to you with four sites that were selected to have their ceremonies broadcast live via our website.

On October 9, 2014, 99 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 400 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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The Hall Of Fame is an innovative Quality of Life Program developed by Signature HealthCARE designed to honor the lives and accomplishments of our residents, stakeholders, volunteers, and others who have had such an impact on our centers, communities, and nation.

On October 9, 2014, 87 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 350 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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I wanted to share a few pictures from the Senior Olympics.  We were able to bring with us 8 residents and 3 family members of the residents.  We were also able to have several stakeholders come out to support us during the event.

We had an amazing day.  Our morning started out early.  After we ate breakfast, we met up in the Living Room to get “fancied-up”.  We wanted everyone to know that “Life Is Sweet At Signature East”.  Several of our residents and stakeholders put bright pink color in their hair.  We put candy stickers on our faces and we wore our Life Is Sweet shirts in raspberry blue and bubble gum pink colors.  As we got ready we would chant “Sweet At East, Sweet At East” and we believe it.

As we arrived, all of the home office personnel were there to greet us.  We were offered muffins and drinks.  We also met Dawne Gee from WAVE-3 news and she was gracious enough to let us take a group picture.  The energy in the room with the other teams was awesome to feel.

The games were on and we were ready to play.  Our resident, Diane James, won a gold medal for the ADL challenge.  She was so proud of herself.  During the month before the games as she practiced, she worried that she wasn’t as fast as she had been in the past and Diane just knew that she wouldn’t give a good performance.  Diane had a look of joy and shock when she was announced the winner and Dianne Timmering came over to give her the medal.

Our other medal winner was Mary Kuhn in the Cornhole game.  She was the first contestant to throw the bags and she got a total of 5 points.  Mary smiled so big and she was so happy that she received a bronze medal for her game.

Overall, East Louisville won the Runner-Up trophy for the most points won during the day.  That trophy sits proudly for everyone to see in our facility.

Our residents had such a fun day.  A big THANKS goes to Joe, Dianne, Pam and the whole gang that made a memorable day for all of us, residents, families and stakeholders.  We are already talking about next year’s games and how we can do better.

– Keri Jewell, Quality of Life Director

 

We love planting flowers and watching them grow.  Now, thanks to Cristy, Joyce and the Restorative Department, we have beautiful pots to show off our begonias.  Very colorful pots for very colorful flowers.

Recently, our Administrator Brian and Assistant Administrator Matt had a study on what is bourbon and how it is made.  We even had the opportunity to taste several different Bourbons.  Brian made his delicious homemade barbecue for us to enjoy as well.  Thanks to Brian and Matt for the special treat.