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Visitation at FPH

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FPH offers scheduled visitation for residents in Assisted Living and the Porter McGrath Health Center, in accordance with the latest Executive Order, DEM 20-011.

Please use our SignUpGenuis link to schedule a General or Compassionate Visit with your loved one. General Visits include indoor and outdoor visits, as well as window visits that require staff assistance. Compassionate Visits may also be scheduled using the SignUpGenuis, but require pre-approval by our clinical team. We kindly ask that families do not sign up for more than one in-person visit per week. Please be sure to review the policies and guidelines available on the sign-up page.

Sign Up Link:

Please reach out to a member of our team if you have any questions. Stay safe and be well!

The Importance of Understanding Your Emotional Wellness

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– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

With the start of the new year, I wanted to share some information about the importance of emotional wellness. You may ask what “Emotional Wellness” is all about. It can be defined as one’s ability to handle the stresses of life, to adapt to change, and to successfully cope in difficult times. A few ways to seek emotional wellness are to learn how to manage stress, accept support from others, accept your mistakes, be positive, seek balance in your life, and understand life is all about change. Sounds easy? Sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Emotional-Wellness-Is-Important-To-Your-Overall-WellbeingI had the opportunity to speak with a mental health professional here in Lakeland to better understand emotional wellness. I learned that how you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, such as relationships and overall mental health. I also found out that how you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time.

Let’s look a little closer into emotional wellness with these helpful answers to my questions:

  1. How is emotional wellness defined?
    • Being emotionally well or stable suggests that one has an awareness of his/her feelings — good or bad. The individual manages these emotions so that they are understood as a message, something within or without, that is manifesting this feeling. One who is emotionally well can process feelings with others and admit to difficult feelings. Managing feelings appropriately means others in the environment are not harmed or hurt by those feelings.
  1. Why is it important for an individual to have emotional wellness?
    • The individual can be at peace. And, with that peace, the world can be at peace.
  1. Are Americans doing a good job being emotionally healthy? Why or Why not? 
    • At this time in our nation, we have observed those who are not managing their feelings well. It’s concerning that our  children and grandchildren are watching adults demonstrate immature responses to their feelings. We need better role models for the healthy communication of feelings.
  1. What can an individual do to have or maintain good emotional health?
    • Daily self-examination, daily self-forgiveness and asking forgiveness of others, practicing self care and doing the hard personal work of finding healthy ways of being on your own and with others.
  1. What does wellness mean to you?
    • Living a life of self-discipline that impacts mind, heart, body and spirit.  Choosing habits that affect these aspects of oneself.

In closing, it’s important to realize that emotional wellness is part of the greater challenge of being healthy as a whole. Emotions should not be overlooked or considered meaningless. We need to acknowledge the importance of our emotions and to understand the role emotions play in our overall health and well-being.

Source: Lakeland community professional and

Community Update – January 12th

. Posted in FPH, News

Hi Family & Friends,

The results of last week’s COVID-19 tests of Porter McGrath (PMG) residents all came back negative this past Saturday. All PMG employees tested negative as well and will continue to test twice a week.

Over the weekend, a resident of Assisted Living tested positive for COVID-19, and line-listing was conducted. The epidemiologist was notified and rapid tests were performed on the Assisted Living staff that came in contact with the resident. One ALF employees tested positive. This employee was not on duty this weekend and was not in contact with anyone at Florida Presbyterian Homes for more than 72-96 hours since symptoms started.

With a positive case, as well as, the high County positivity rate, general visitation ceases unless conducted outside the building. The beauty shop is closed to Assisted Living for two weeks through Jan 27th or until further notice. The Beauty Shop resumes this week for PMG residents, as those residents and staff have tested negative consecutively for two weeks.

The positivity rate for Polk County was 16.5% as of January 2nd. As the rate continues to climb, we ask that you continue to wear a mask, social distance, practice good hand hygiene, and avoid large gatherings.

The next COVID vaccine clinic was today, Jan. 12, 2021. Walgreens is expected to provide a booster to all PMG and AL residents that already had the first vaccine. They will also have a few extra doses to vaccinate residents that did not get their vaccine on December 22nd. After those few residents are vaccinated, we will offer the remaining vaccines to employees that were not vaccinated last month.

Please continue to sign up for visitation using our sign-up link: As previously mentioned, general visitation must occur outdoors, weather permitting.

Stay safe,

Maria Rivera, Administrator

Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

Washing your hands is easy, AND it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent contracting Covid-19 and spreading the coronavirus that causes the disease to others. Some people skip washing their hands because they don’t realize how important it is or because they are short on time. Without washing properly and killing off the coronavirus — and other viruses, bacteria and germs we pick up from raw meats, fecal matter and respiratory droplets — it can spread between people and cause disease.

follow-these-5-steps-for-washing-handsClean hands, created simply with thorough hand washing practices, can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Worried about dry hands? After washing your hands, simply pat them dry with a clean towel, leaving them slightly damp. Use an ointment, lotion or cream to lock in the moisture, gently working it into your skin, fingertips and nails.

Overall, hand washing is an easy, effective, affordable do-it-yourself practice that prevents infections and saves lives.

Just do it, please.


FPH Recognized in Recent Community Choice Awards

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is honored to have received recognition in two recent community choice award surveys, one published by LKLD Magazine and the other held by The Ledger, Lakeland’s local newspaper.
FPH-Rehab-Team-Wins-Community-Choice-Award-RecognitionIn the 2020 Best of LKLD, community members voted Florida Presbyterian Homes as No. 1 in the BEST REHABILITATION SERVICES category. This is well deserved for members of the rehab team, known for  offering superior on-site Rehabilitation Services for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology for residents in the Porter McGrath Health Center, as well as outpatient services for assisted living and independent residents. FPH also offer short-term rehab for those recovering from a hospital stay, which is known for being a “caring bridge between hospital and home.” 
Additionally, FPH was recognized as a FINALIST in two categories of The Ledger’s Best of Central Florida 2020 survey.
  • Best Assisted Living Facility – When residents need assistance with three or more activities of daily living, FPH offers both apartments and the first floor of their Assisted Living building — dedicated to those needing a higher level of care, but who do not require 24-hour skilled nursing services.
  • Best Nursing Home – For award-winning skilled nursing care, FPH provides family-centered care around-the-clock to residents in their Porter McGrath Health Center, a Skilled Nursing Facility that focuses on the unique needs of each resident.
Congratulations to the team members who make up the Rehabilitation, Assisted Living and Nursing Home areas of Florida Presbyterian Homes. We applaud your efforts and are proud of this recognition voted on by local community members.

Next Matter of Balance Class to Begin In February 2021

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The Wellness Department at Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to present the upcoming ‘A Matter of Balance’ class, an evidence-based program designed to improve activity levels among older adults and reduce the fear of falling.

Matter-of-balance-class-at-florida-presbyterian-homesThe next 8-week program will begin Tuesday, February 23 at 1:15pm (South) and Thursday, February 25 at 1:30pm (North). The class will meet once a week; Tuesdays in the game room on the South side OR Thursdays in the McArthur Center on the North side.

The class is FREE and open exclusively to FPH residents at the current time. Residents who have already taken the class are welcome to take it again. The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so contact Alison in the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 or to reserve your spot. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Visitation at FPH

. Posted in FPH, News

FPH offers scheduled visitation for residents in Assisted Living and the Porter McGrath Health Center, in accordance with the latest Executive Order, DEM 20-011.

Please use our SignUpGenuis link to schedule a General or Compassionate Visit with your loved one. General Visits include indoor and outdoor visits, as well as window visits that require staff assistance. Compassionate Visits may also be scheduled using the SignUpGenuis, but require pre-approval by our clinical team. We kindly ask that families do not sign up for more than one in-person visit per week. Please be sure to review the policies and guidelines available on the sign-up page.

Sign Up Link:

Please reach out to a member of our team if you have any questions. Stay safe and be well!

Community Update – December 18th

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Hi Family & Friends,

We look forward to hosting a Christmas Social this Sunday for those that have RSVP’d. Now we hope for good weather. Please be aware that we will need to cancel if it is raining. I am pleased to give a good report today on test results, PPE, and the COVID vaccine. We have much to be grateful for here at FPH while the positivity rate keeps climbing. Please make sure that we continue to mitigate the spread of this virus by wearing masks, social distancing, hand hygiene, and small gatherings (preferably outdoors) during the Holidays.

I am happy to report that all employees tested negative again this week. All residents were negative last week and test results from yesterday are pending. We received a delivery of mask and gowns today from The Department of Health.

A note from Joe Xanthopoulos, Executive Director/CEO: “’The end of COVID-19 is in our sight!’ Today, we were informed that the first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for our Porter McGrath residents and team members will be next week. This is the first wave of the Phase One vaccine rollout. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, according to the CDC and FDA review, is 95% effective and has not displayed any major safety risk to those who receive the vaccine beyond possible minor symptoms that last a few hours to two days…Walgreens has provided a website answering questions you may have regarding the vaccine…We now have the opportunity to take part in actively ending the pandemic by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. We look forward to the next wave of Phase One when Assisted Living residents and staff will have an opportunity to receive the vaccine. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the well-being of our residents.”

May you and your household stay safe and be blessed,

Maria Rivera, Administrator

December Wellness Star Awarded to Lifelong Event Planner

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Sally F. as the Wellness Star award winner for December 2020. This month’s wellness star focused on the social dimension of wellness, which can be defined as the type of relationships someone has and how interactions occur with that person and those around him or her.

Florida-Presbyterian-Wellness-Star-Award-Winner-for-December-2020Sally has always been a social person. Having four children kept her busy throughout her life, especially with planning family events such as birthday parties and gatherings with her children’s friends. Not only was she busy with her children, but also with entertaining for her husband’s business.

Sally’s event planning talents have extended beyond her family, as well. Once she moved to FPH, she immediately started planning activities and became the neighborhood’s social chair and chairman of the food committee. “Neighborhood events such as the soup, ice cream and hamburger socials were a lot of fun,” said Sally. “Planning for events is a great opportunity for me to get to know my neighbors.”

Sally shared that as people get older, they have a tendency to isolate. But, she has found that organizing social events helps her to interact with others on a more regular basis. “Being social is important because it keeps you young and helps keep your mind active,” said Sally.

When asked what wellness means to her, Sally said, “Wellness means to move and to do. It’s living a long and active life, not a sitting life!” Wise words from this month’s winner of the Wellness Star award. Congrats to Sally!


Apartment Specials Now Available

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If you’re looking for comfortable senior living, then today may be your lucky day! Florida Presbyterian Homes has recently updated and modernized their move-in ready apartments. Studio and one bedroom units are currently open and available.

Come take a safe, personalized tour any time before the end of January 2021 and you’ll receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant. And, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card for the Terrace Grille, one of Lakeland’s top restaurants, conveniently located in downtown at the Terrace Hotel. (This special applies to new prospects only through 1/31/21.)

If you sign a contract by March 31, 2021, the first month’s service fee is waived!

When you’re ready to experience a lifestyle worth living, contact our Marketing Department for more information: Call: 863-577-6001 or email:

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