Easter Fun

Lots of Easter fun was had at SHC of Elizabethtown! We kicked the Easter celebration off with an Easter Social. We had fellowship, shared Easter stories, and ate (of course)! Brownies and ice cream are always a hit!

That night, the Easter Bunny showed up for pictures with residents, stakeholders, and their kiddos. The kids enjoyed hunting Easter eggs, refreshments, and spending time with family. The residents and family members were so happy to watch the kids having a grand time. One resident said, “I never thought that I would be able to watch my grandkids hunt eggs again! Thank you for making this happen!”

St. Patrick’s Day

We had a blast at our St. Patrick’s Day Party. We spent time together watching NCAA games, playing games, and eating good food. We love any opportunity to get together and have some fun!

Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a proven way to enhance people’s mental and physical well-being. These are two reasons why, at Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown, we encourage as many pet visits as possible! We encourage family members to bring their loved one’s pets in to visit them as often as they can. We have Bentley the bunny that lives here full time and Bailey the pup that comes in daily for visits, but that just isn’t enough for us sometimes, and this is why we invite Penelope the pig and Cocoa the miniature therapy horse in to visit with us.

There was not a single person in the building–stakeholder or resident–that didn’t smile from ear to ear when they came. Seeing Penelope and Cocoa brought laughs and memories to our residents from their younger years. We were able to hear stories of life growing up on farms, of their families, or pets that they once had and loved. Residents lit up with tons of questions about Penelope and Cocoa, and were extremely happy to hear that Cocoa is expecting a baby within the next month!

We can’t wait for more visits from Penelope and Cocoa. We are also hopeful that, when Cocoa returns from maternity leave in a few months, she brings her new baby with her!

Chili Cook-Off

We are a very competitive bunch here at Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown! We hosted a chili cook-off where stakeholders made their most famous chilis. Stakeholders, residents, and family members were the judges of the competition and were able to taste each chili before picking their top three favorites! The chili and the competition got pretty heated as the stakeholders were competing for first, second, and third place trophies–and more than that, bragging rights! Residents had a great time tasting and laughing with stakeholders.

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, we joined together for a Mardi Gras party! We celebrated with food, friends, and games. We also learned a bit of interesting information about Mardi Gras.

One thing that stuck out to us is the meaning of Mardi Gras. Mardi is the French word for Tuesday and Gras is the French word for fat. Now we know why this holiday is also called Fat Tuesday. To to off the day, we chowed down on purple pancakes in honor of the traditional pancake race!

Our New Popcorn Machine

Stakeholders and residents are thrilled about the arrival of our brand new popcorn machine! Our last popcorn machine stopped working for us, and Opal’s Dream Foundation was quick to respond with a new one! We just love the smell and taste of fresh popcorn and we enjoy it on a weekly basis.

This is Opal’s Dream Foundation’s story, as told by them.

The foundation is named after Opal Grubbs. Opal spent the majority of her life alone in a nursing home as a ward of the state. She dreamed one day she could leave the nursing home and see the ocean. With no family or funds, she was never able to fulfill that dream before passing away. We exist to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Opal’s has donated many items, large and small, to our community. A juke box was donated two years ago to ensure that our feet kept tapping. Last summer they were kind enough to donate a raised flower bed so that our residents could safely garden while outdoors. They have also donated smaller items in bulk–that were a true blessing at Christmas time–to provide a special Christmas store for our residents. They were able to pick out items to get for their loved ones.

On Friday February 5th, Jerry Stith and Ken Dozer showed up with our brand new popcorn machine! They were greeted by Phillip, a member of our community, with nothing but a huge smile on his face. Later that day, Kentucky State Representative Jim DuPlessis stopped by to join in on the popcorn fun.

We are so thankful for Opal’s Dream Foundation and every that makes the Foundation fun so well. Without them, many seniors would go without. They help facility coordinators bring an extra smile to our residents’ faces on a daily basis.

National Mustache Day

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Residents and stakeholders spent time learning about National Mustache Day. We had fun making and wearing our fake mustaches!

Cute Company

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We were very blessed with the cutest company today! Katrice, our rehab service manager, brought in four of the most adorable baby bunnies! The residents and stakeholders were able to spend the first half of the day snuggling with the bunnies and watching them hop around and trying to escape. Many residents shared stories with us about how they raised rabbits when they were growing up. The babies were a nice way to brighten this cold, rainy day.

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Community Trick-or-Treating

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Put on your best costume and come join us for trick or treating, games and fun!


When:

October 29th, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.


Location:

1117 Woodland Dr.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Call (270) 769-2363 for more information about this event.

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Elizabethtown Participates in Regional Senior Olympics

Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown was among 11 teams from nursing centers across Central Kentucky that gathered at Signature’s Louisville home office to compete in the games, which included basketball, a bean bag toss, and more.

Special celebrity guest judges included state Rep. Denny Butler; Louisville Metro Councilman Stuart Benson; Chris Redman, former quarterback for the University of Louisville and the Baltimore Ravens; Coach Bob Redman, who led Louisville Male High School to three state championships; Roger Burkman, a member of the 1980 University of Louisville NCAA men’s basketball championship team and former player for the Chicago Bulls; and Mike Pratt, a former University of Kentucky and Kentucky Colonels basketball player.

Elzabethtown’s team, The Signature Sunbeams, won the Silver Medal in the bean bag toss and a Bronze Medal in long toss. The team later received a trophy for Best T-Shirts and Spirit.

One resident on the team said, “The event was handled very efficiently. For anyone who hasn’t been to it, it is something to see. To see these people have the chance to get out, get exercise, have joy in their life and prove they are still a citizen who can get out and do things. This was only our second year, but I know next year we’ll be even better trained.”

Signature’s Senior Olympics are designed to promote fitness, fun and friendly competition among senior citizens, and serves to give participants a sense of accomplishment and self worth.