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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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We sure have had a fun filled couple of weeks! Here are a couple of our magic moments.

On Wednesday, elders and children joined together for an Afternoon Tea Party and Fashion Show.

Today, children at Camp Courtyard went on a scavenger hunt to find items that they used to make an art project with their elder partner.


“Where There is a Will, There is a Way: The Story of Bernice Robinson”

By: Heather Tatum, ARNP

The human will to live is an amazing thing! We have recently witnessed a miraculous example of this in Bernice Robinson. Mrs. Robinson is a 91-year-old lady that has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve rehabilitation and recovery. On September 23, 2013, Mrs. Robinson walked into Dr. Joe Gay’s office in Marianna, Florida as a new patient for evaluation of a dry, bothersome cough. She was at this time living on her own and not taking any medications. Four days later, on September 27, she was admitted to Jackson Hospital with severe pneumonia that was found to be secondary to tuberculosis. Mrs. Robinson suffered from respiratory failure shortly after her admission and required ventilator support. During her stay at Jackson Hospital, she had a heart attack, congestive heart failure, and required placement of a feeding tube to maintain nutrition due to her need for prolonged ventilation. After vigorous treatment with multiple antibiotics, she eventually improved and was discharged on November 1, 2013 to the long-term acute care facility, Nolan Hospital, in Dothan, Alabama for rehab.

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Patriotic pictures with Emerald Coast Hospice. We sure had a fun filled afternoon! Elders and staff grinned and giggled as they picked out their patriotic gear. Thank you so much to Emerald Coast Hospice!

Today, elders and children worked on special sand art creations.

Campers competed in six Minute to Win It challenges while elders cheered and gave advice. Ms. Williams said she enjoyed the Shake Your Booty Challenge the most. She laughed and told the campers, “I remember when I could move like that!”

Children and elders enjoyed a water day today as part of “Camp Courtyard.” The children enjoyed a water slide, bounce house, and water balloons. Our elders joined in with water guns, sprinklers, and special treats.