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Some of you may have seen the negative activity recently posted online regarding Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville, and if so, I certainly understand any concerns it may have raised for you.

We have been entrusted with the responsibility of caring for your loved ones, which is something we, at SHC of Pikeville, consider a sacred duty.

Our building has had its share of challenges – we are not perfect. But the deficiencies cited in this recent online posting by an anti-nursing home organization are dated and have since been corrected.

Just recently, we received a national accreditation for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement from an independent accreditor. This distinction is said to demonstrate that we are continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as paid, dignity, respect for resident choice, along myriad quality of care issues. The accreditation was achieved by making improvements based on feedback from residents and family members.

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While driving, turning left may seem like any other mundane task, however, on a dirt track, at 10 o’clock at night, it gets your motorhead running. If you don’t think so just ask our resident enthusiasts here at Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville, and they will get you to change gears.

The idea to go to a dirt track race came up weeks ago, and on July 5, 2014, we had the opportunity to bring our residents’ hopes to fruition. As our orange bus topped the hill you could see the heads turn and the strange looks don the faces of those who arrived before us. This was not the typical place for us to be was a common thought among the spectators, to be sure…until now.

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It seems that in order to be a successful fisherman you must be good at two things; the first, actually catching fish, the second, storytelling. Fisherman’s tales are living, breathing things, growing more farfetched with every telling. Ranging from the length of the fight to the size of the beast of the depths, it’s never a dull moment from start to finish; and if you asked those that went fishing yesterday from Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville they would all tell you their own version of the one that got away.

As our elders were getting on the bus, you could see different things on their faces. Some showed a face of steeled determination, others the look of excitement, while one or two displayed an eagerness for a day of peace. Once we arrived and the fishing poles were out, everyone was ready to get their line in the water. After what seemed like hours the first fish was finally on land. What the pint sized minnow lacked it size, it more than made up for in the fight that brought it in, lasting a whopping 5 seconds.

Once the first fish made land fall, the multitudes came shortly after. Jack Taylor made the catch of the day. After seeing his pole bend to touch the water, he sprung into action, grabbing his fishing pole and started reeling furiously. Everyone was keeping close watch as he pulled his catch out of the water. Lo and behold it was a giant…clam shell.

Although our daily tally was lacking, the laughter and fellowship more than made up for it. After loading up and heading back there was a sense of unfinished business lingering in the air. I feel sorry for the fish on our next trip; we’ve already heard whispers of a fish fry in the works.

– Matthew Reed, Chaplain

The Appalachian News-Express recently published an article about the Signature HealthCARE resident trip to Panama City Beach, Florida, which a couple SHC of Pikeville residents attended. Read below for more.

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We at Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville had the privilege to take two of our elders, Eunice Robinette and Helen Morley, to Panama City Beach, Florida for the Third Annual Elder Vacation. The ladies were in for a treat, taking a 737 jet for their first time flying, saying, “It was the only way to travel.” The small group hit the ground running with a trip to Gulf World being the first stop on the docket.

After watching the dolphin show in awe, Eunice and three other women from our sister facilities were able to get up close and personal with some of the fun loving animals. Shortly after donning their wetsuits, they all received kisses and handshakes from “Rue,” one of the stars of the show. For Eunice the trip had been made, saying that “she can cross that of her bucket list.” Not to be left out, Helen got the chance to parasail out across The Gulf of Mexico. Returning to the beach, out of breath and with a twinkle in her eye she said, “If anyone ever gets the opportunity to do things in their life they should!”

The rest of the day the group sat on the beach and enjoyed the day with their toes in the sand listening to the sound of the waves crashing along the shore. Sitting in the sand, Helen reminisced about days long past with her family at the very same beach, and how this vacation took her back to those memorable days. Unbeknownst to her, while she was parasailing above the waves, it was arranged for her to meet up with two of her sisters which she hadn’t seen in 20 years. Helen was beside herself with joy, and enjoyed every second she had with her sisters. When her family left, and everyone was back at the resort, Helen said with tears in her eyes, “The two things that I have always wanted to do but never thought I could because I’m in a nursing home; came true in one day.”

The elders came back with renewed spirits and minds, telling everyone about the adventures they were a part of and how great an opportunity it was.

– Matthew Reed, Chaplain and Rhonda Jones, Quality of Life Director

Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville 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.

“This accreditation signifies that Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville is committed to continuously improving the care that they provide based on feedback from residents and families,” says Dr. Andrew Kramer, Providigm CEO, and international expert on measuring quality of elder care. “We congratulate Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville on their commitment to improve the quality of life and care given to our elders.”

Unlike other such rating systems, the Providigm QAPI Accreditation is based on actions that Nursing Centers take to identify and correct quality problems.  The methodology of QAPI is widely used in various health care settings, and is becoming a major focus of Nursing Home Regulation.

“We are extremely proud of the work our care team has accomplished to achieve this accreditation,” said Shawn O’Conner, CEO and Administrator at Signature HealthCARE of Pikeville. “We take quality seriously. We strive to give our residents the quality of life and level of dignity they deserve.”