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Marianna, Fla. – Signature HealthCARE at The Courtyard has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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Signature HealthCARE (SHC) at The Courtyard has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Our elder spotlight for March is Ms. Madeline Barfield. She was born in England on 3-15-1942. She grew up on a small farm in the country. Her parents were William and Madeline Stephens. Ms. Barfield had one brother, Bruce Brown. She said her brother always got to go to sea and have adventures, and she had to stay at home. Ms. Barfield said she thinks that lead to her adventurous spirit.

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Signature HealthCARE at The Courtyard participated in Washington’s BINGO Extravaganza on March 5th. There were fun games, cash prizes, and lots of fellowship. Thank you Washington for a great afternoon.

Today we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Today we celebrated the 90′s! We started the morning comparing the cost of living in 1991 to the cost of living now. We also talked about some of the hits of the 90′s.

At our Back to the 90′s party we featured some of the top foods of the 90′s including pizza rolls, cosmic brownies, Jell-O pudding pops, TAB soda, and Kool- Aide Bursts.

During the party we listened to some of the top hits of the 90′s including New Kids on the Block! We also played M.A.S.H. and had our fortunes told with our paper fortune tellers.

Later in the day the ladies enjoyed Talk to the Hand Manicures. Tonight we will be having a Murder She Wrote Mystery Theater.

We were thrilled to celebrate the completion of the renovations to our family room. Brad, Ketha and members of the elder council hosted the grand opening and punch social on Monday.

Our family room offers a private place for families to visit, share a meal, or have a party. Our family room is located near the front lobby with sliding glass doors leading to the patio and offers a view of our beautiful North Courtyard.

The Huffington Post posted a story about Signature HealthCARE’s resident vacation to Walt Disney World in December 2014. To read the entire article, click here.

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Please join us on March 10th for a Paint Party Fundraiser. Shelby Durham with Artsy Bug will be our instructor. The cost is $45.00 per person and is due by March 6th. All funds raised will go towards our 2015 Elder Vacation. This is a kid friendly event, and light refreshments will be provided.

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Brother Bill invited elders, families, stakeholders, and visitors to a special Ash Wednesday Service in the Blue Springs Café.

Today we crowned our Valentine King and Queen. Each neighborhood elected a Prince and a Princess to be on our Valentine Court. Our first runners up were Mr. H. Sherrod and Mrs. L. Thurman.

Our King Was Mr. P. Penny and Mrs. M. Penny. Mr. and Mrs. Penny were excited to be crowned. Mr. Penny said Mrs. Penny had been his Queen for 68 years. Mrs. Penny said Mr. Penny needed a little work before he could be her King. Congratulations to our entire Valentine Court.

On Monday we held a remembrance ceremony to honor friends and neighbors that recently passed away.