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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.
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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 akennedy@fphi.org to reserve your spot. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaae29a5fac07-fphvisitation

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 www.walgreens.com/covidvaccine…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!

 

Community Update – November 30th

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Dear Family & Friends,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Above is a picture from the Thanksgiving garden luncheon. I heard so many great comments from those that took part. We were so glad that the weather was perfect for the event.

All residents and guests of PMG were COVID tested on Thanksgiving Day and all results were negative. There were no new cases for employees last week. We continue to COVID-test employees weekly. We ask that everyone continues to social distance, wear a mask, and practice good hand hygiene as we enter this Holiday season.

Blessings,
Maria Rivera, Administrator

A Note of Thanksgiving

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Dear Family & friends,

The weather was perfect for the car parade this morning and the residents enjoyed the beautiful weather. The weather is very promising for tomorrow’s garden lunch too. We are so happy to offer these alternatives to Thanksgiving as the county’s positivity rate continues to climb and the expected surge in our nation after Thanksgiving travel and gatherings.

As a part of our weekly testing, all employees are being COVID-tested today and residents will be COVID-tested this Thursday. We pray for continued protection over our community. We ask that everyone takes heed to the CDC guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks and, if gathering, keep it outdoors and in small groups with disposable dishes and utensils. Wash hands frequently and avoid using the same serving utensils.

Today, we give thanks,
Thanks for all the blessings the Lord has given,
Thanks for family,
Thanks for friends,
Thanks for protection and strength during this difficult time.
Thanks for you: Our resident, our friend, our family!
You are the reason why we do what we do.
We strive to make a positive impact in your life.
You lived your life giving to others,
Now it is our turn to give to you.
We wish you could be with your family,
But we are forever grateful that you have become part of ours.

Happy Thanksgiving and continued blessings to you and your household,

Maria Rivera, Administrator

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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaae29a5fac07-fphvisitation

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

Community Update – Upcoming Holidays

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November 13, 2020

Dear Porter McGrath Residents, Assisted Living Residents, and Family of Residents;

Thanksgiving will be here in two weeks with Christmas and New Year’s following shortly after. We know residents and their family members are considering how to safely spend time together this holiday season. The Center for Disease Control notes the safest way to celebrate is to celebrate only with people who live in the same household as each other.

Like each of you, the wellbeing of our residents is our primary focus. Should you together -individual residents and their families- decide they would like to gather off-campus for Thanksgiving in order to be together as a family, we suggest you check out the following CDC recommendations to make the visit safer: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.

Also, we have two options for family members to see their loved one here Thanksgiving week, rather than gathering off-campus due to the risk:

On Tuesday, November 24th at 10:30 am there will be a “Thanksgiving Car Parade” here. Please call or email Ann Smith at 688-5521 or asmith@fphi.org
if you are interested in participating in this parade. Team members bring the residents outside to see their loved ones as they slowly pass by, and enjoy the parade.

On Wednesday, November 25th, we are organizing an outdoor Thanksgiving lunch for up to two family members and their loved one(s) here. We will be outside in the Helen Berry Garden and the B-Parking Lot depending on how many family members pre-register. We will be serving lunch and request donations to cover the cost of the meals provided. Please register no later than Tuesday, November 17 by calling or emailing Ann Smith at 688-5521 or asmith@fphi.org.

Please note that should we have rain either day we will need to cancel each event (let us pray for beautiful days!).

Also, if you should decide to take your resident family member off-campus into your homes during this holiday period, they will be required to be screened upon their return. Upon return it may be determined they will need to isolate for up to 14 days and/or be provided a COVID-19 test and isolate until a negative result on the test is received in order to minimize risk to them and other residents. If you would prefer for us to make arrangements to test your loved one after they have returned, please let us know by contacting Pam Herbert, Director of Assisted Living and Transitional Care Services, before November 20th. A number of family members and residents have requested this option already and there is no added cost to the resident or their family members.

We are thankful for the privilege to serve our residents and their families each and every day. At Florida Presbyterian Homes we view this service as a ministry and strive to live out our Values: Choice; Compassion; Community; Opportunity; Security; and Integrity; to the best of our abilities.

Like you, we want these holidays to be a time that is memorable for good things and the wellbeing of our residents is each of our priorities.

If you should have any questions about these activities, please contact either of us.

Blessings,

Maria Rivera, Administrator, and Joe Xanthopoulos, Executive Director/CEO

Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons may be weight gain.

Tips-to-avoid-holiday-weight-gainIt’s no surprise that maintaining and not gaining can be very challenging over the holidays, especially considering the holiday parties, calorie-rich foods and over-indulging. The average person gains between 1 to 3 pounds. While this may not seem like much, it is for most people. Why? Because they don’t lose it when the holidays are over. In fact, the holidays tend to be a big contributor to a person’s annual weight gain.

So, what can you do to help avoid the extra pounds?  Here are a few helpful tips:

  1. Stay active – walk more and sit less.
  2. Control your stress – holidays can be stressful. And for some, that means eating more. Use healthy stress relieving techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing to help.
  3. Cut back on desserts.
  4. Use a smaller dessert plate for your holiday meal.
  5. Plan ahead – don’t arrive at your party hungry. Before you go, eat something healthy and filling.
  6. Take smaller portions and think twice before you splurge on a second helping.
  7. Think about the drink.  Remember alcohol has calories. For example, a 5 oz. glass of wine has 120 – 130 calories.

To learn more, here are 20 tips to help you avoid weight gain during the holidays.

 

Source: Healthline

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