Apartment Specials Now Available

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EXTRA….EXTRA…Read all about it!

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 2020 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.)

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: info@fphi.org.

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.

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.


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

Social Resident Wins November Wellness Star Award

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to recognize resident Kay B. as the Wellness Star Award winner for November 2020.

This month’s wellness star focused on the social dimension of wellness, which can be defined as one’s ability to interact well and develop positive relationships with others.

Social-Resident-Wins-November-Wellness-Star-AwardKay has always been a social person; a real social butterfly.  “Kay is the type of person who keeps a full calendar,” says her good friend Mary. “She has many friends from her church and her old neighborhood. Everyone there still stays in touch with her.”

Mary went on to describe Kay as being such a nice woman that people just gravitate toward her.

“As neighbors, Kay would stop over and visit two or three times a day to talk about a variety of things,” said Mary. “She enjoys playing bingo and going to her favorite exercise classes. Plus, she participates in various activities on her floor, and she really enjoys interacting with other residents.”

When asked what wellness mean to her, Kay said, “To be able to do what you want to do. Also, exercising is good for you — especially at my age.”

Kay – We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to Kay and to her commitment to wellness.

Retired? It’s Important to Stay Active in Body & Mind

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

Do you want to feel better, move better and sleep better? Staying active may be the answer as you move into your golden years.

stay-active-in-your-golden-yearsFind opportunities to stay active throughout the day.

You can walk your dog, reduce time in front of the television and computer, move during commercials or walk to the mailbox. Dance to your favorite music or join an exercise class.

It’s important to take care of your mind, too. Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on your health.

Helpful mind boosting activities include deep breathing, playing cards or games, listening to classical music or watching a funny movie.

Remember, every little bit helps. Try it, you may like it!


Source: American College of Sports Medicine. Exercise is Medicine, 5 Ways to Stay Active in the Golden Years 2019. By Marias Butas.

Community Update – October 27th

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The following is a summary from the Agency for Health Care Administration: “On October 22, 2020, at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz issued Emergency Order 20-011 revising some of the requirements for individuals entering residential and long-term care facilities.

The revisions include the following:

  • Collapse Essential Caregiver into the Compassionate Caregiver definition
  • Require signage in the facility for infection control reminders
  • Clarify hospice may serve their residents
  • Allow resident visits from their legal counsel when virtual means are not available
  • Eliminate maximum limit on the number of visitors a resident may have listed – the facility must have policies addressing the number of visitors allowed with a resident or in the facility at one time
  • Allow children to visit with appropriate monitoring
  • Allow outdoor visitation regardless of facility COVID cases”

The full Executive Order may be found at the following website: https://www.floridadisaster.org/globalassets/executive-orders/covid-19/dem-order-no.-20-011-in-re-covid-19-public-health-emergency-issued-october-22-2020.pdf.

We ask for patience as we update our current policies to reflect these changes.

Routine Testing of Staff
Porter McGrath staff continue to be tested weekly. Routine testing should be based on the extent of the virus in the community; therefore, facilities should use their county positivity rate in the prior week as the trigger for staff testing frequency.

Testing of Staff and Residents in Response to an Outbreak
An outbreak is defined as a new COVID-19 infection in any healthcare personnel (HCP) or any nursing home-onset COVID-19 infection in a resident. In an outbreak investigation, rapid identification and isolation of new cases is critical in stopping further viral transmission. A resident who is admitted to the facility with COVID-19 does not constitute a facility outbreak. Upon identification of a single new case of COVID-19 infection in any staff or residents, all staff and residents should be tested, and all staff and residents that tested negative should be retested every 3 days to 7 days until testing identifies no new cases of COVID-19 infection among staff or residents for a period of at least 14 days since the most recent positive result. Therefore, residents were COVID tested again this week.

Please continue to wear your masks, maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more (The CDC confirmed recently that the virus can be airborne transmitted), and limit exposure to people you do not live with as much as possible.  People can be presymptomatic or asymptomatic and be contagious.


Stay safe,

Maria Rivera, Administrator

Swimming Keeps October Wellness Star Active and Happy

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is happy to announce resident Hope K. as the award winner of the Wellness Star for October 2020.

This month’s wellness star focused on the physical dimension of wellness, which can be defined as lifestyle choices that can maintain or improve health and functional ability.

October-Wellness-Star-Award-Winner-At-Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-Lakeland-FLHope, pictured here in the pool, has been an active person throughout most of her life. In high school, she was a baton twirler and would jump hurdles on the track. But her favorite activity, above all others, has always been swimming. Hope has wonderful memories of her family spending time at the lake every Memorial Day holiday, where the kids would enjoy competing to see who could swim across the lake first. “I’ve always enjoyed the water and have been around it for as long as I can recall,” said Hope.

During World War II, however, Hope worked as a nurse and wasn’t able to swim during that time. “I was very busy as an operating room nurse in England, France and Belgium,” said Hope. But once her military career ended, Hope was able to get back to the pool and stayed active with both swimming and walking.

She continues her love of swimming today, rarely missing her pool time here at FPH. Before Covid-19, her daughter Kristen would join her at the pool and they would exercise together. “My time in the pool is invigorating and the water helps me to move much easier,” said Hope.

When asked for the secret to her longevity, Hope said, “I don’t let things bother me. I do not stew about them or let things get to me.” She also said there are days she has to push herself to get up and move, even when she doesn’t feel like it. “I get up and press on.”

Congrats to Hope and her good advice as this month’s Wellness Star award winner.

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