Florida Presbyterian Homes Participates in World Day of Prayer

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World Day of Prayer is being held on Friday, March 5. It’s a worldwide, ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. This year’s theme is “Build on a Strong Foundation.”

Florida-presbyterian-homes-celebrates-world-day-of-prayerThe symbol for World Day of Prayer was developed by the women of Ireland. Its design is made up of arrows converging from the four points of the compass, persons kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross, and the circle, representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

According to Chaplain Etta Owens, the residents of Florida Presbyterian Homes have chosen to join with the women of Vanuatu in worship and prayer, centered on the scripture in Matthew 7:24-27.

The Wise and Foolish Builders (NIV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

The land of Vanuatu is in a tropical archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, prone to earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions and rising sea levels. This scripture tells a story about the kingdom of heaven using the image of a house and the land on which the house is built. Choosing the land on which to build is an important decision for the people in Vanuatu. Women around the world will unite this day in prayer and symbolic solidarity for Vanuatu.

Celebrating Nutrition & Hydration Week – March 15-21, 2021

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florida-presbyterian-homes-celebrates-nutrition-and-hydration-weekFlorida Presbyterian Homes is proud to celebrate Nutrition & Hydration Week from March 15-21. The mission of this national week is to join in a global movement that will reinforce proper nutrition and hydration as fundamental elements to maintaining good health and well-being. Organized by FPH’s Wellness department, this special recognition also serves as an opportunity to bring people together to create energy, focus and fun during the week.

The following events will be held on the FPH Campus:
  • Monday, March 15 – Fruit Smoothies in Forrer Bunker Lobby at 3:30pm on the South side
  • Tuesday, March 16 – ‘Stay at Home Tea’
    • Simply stop by in the morning at the McArthur Center Bistro (North side) or the Forrer Bunker Lobby (South side) to pick up all the ingredients you need for a special cup of tea.
  • Thursday, March 18 – Fruit Smoothies in the McArthur Center Bistro at 12:00pm on the North side
  • For the Assisted Living Facility Only –
    • Tuesday, March 16 – Citrus Water in ALF Garden at 10:00am.
    • Wednesday, March 17 –  Green Smoothies in the ALF Second Floor Dining Area at 1:00pm.
    • Thursday, March 18 – Citrus Water in ALF Garden at 10:00am.

“We’re excited to once again highlight Nutrition and Hydration Week,” said Alison Kennedy-Hand, director of FPH’s Wellness department. “We encourage residents and staff to take part in learning more about good nutrition and proper hydration all throughout this important week.”

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 March 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 one of Lakeland’s finest restaurants. (This special applies to new prospects only through 3/31/21.)

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: info@fphi.org.

Spiritual Health Proves Important in Achieving Overall Wellness

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

Importance-of-spiritual-wellnessIt is said that Wellness is the harmony between mind, body and spirit. So, this month’s focus is on the spiritual dimension of wellness, which is defined by Grand Rapids Community College as such: “Spiritual wellness involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one’s life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope, and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose.”

To learn more about Spiritual Wellness, I sat down with our very own Chaplain Etta Owens here at FPH and asked her a few questions regarding the importance of the spiritual dimension of wellness.

Question: How would you define spiritual wellness?

Answer: A complete sense of who I am in relation to the One who created me, world around me, and my purpose in relation to each.

Q: Why is it important for someone to think about being spiritually whole?

A: We are all persons made up of mind, body, and spirit. If one part of the triad is incomplete, it creates a void that will reflect in our total personhood.

Q: What purpose does it serve for wellness experts to include spirituality into the wellness wheel?

A: If our spirituality is left unattended, there is a void within us that may cause issues in other areas if not attended to properly. Once we determine who we are and how we relate to all in this world, then and only then can we move forward to live a complete and purposeful life.

Q: What are some examples of how someone can practice spiritual wellness?

A: Learning what feeds our spirit and how to go about practicing those disciplines/rituals (i.e. prayer, fasting, worship, Sabbath rest, meditation, reading, journaling, devotionals, music, service for self and others.

Q: What does wellness mean to you?

A: Wholeness of mind, body, and spirit; health and well-being; and practice of disciplines to enhance entire-being.

I’d like to thank Chaplain Etta for her time. I think from her responses, we can all agree about the importance of incorporating spirituality into our overall Wellness goals.

Community Update – February 23rd

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We are happy to report that we have no positive COVID-19 cases in staff, residents, nor short-term rehab guests to report. The positivity rate has dropped below 10% in Polk County.

Bernhard Kloppenburg, Epidemiologist, Florida Department of Health in Polk County, shared the following information:

  • COVID-19 activity is still elevated, and while slowly decreasing remains above the increased activity that began after Thanksgiving.
  • COVID-19 deaths are a lagging indicator and while we were seeing roughly 12 deaths per week prior to Thanksgiving, we’ve seen over 50 per week in January and over 60 deaths reported thus far in February.
  • Influenza activity continues to remain low in Polk and across the state.
  • We are seeing indications of increased norovirus activity in Polk County.

Quarantine Clarification:

The headlines surrounding the CDC last week created some confusion for senior living providers. The CDC has clarified that residents of nursing homes, assisted living, or independent living facilities must still quarantine after direct exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

  • Visitation – There are no changes to the directives and guidance related to visitors to long-term care facilities.  The following memorandums (CMS QSO 20-39-NH and DEM Order No. 20-011) summarizes the applicable orders that are currently in place for all assisted living and nursing home facilities.
  • Vaccines – The federal government announced that it had secured 200 million additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine with enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans by this summer. These doses do not include the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is currently being considered for emergency use authorization.
  • Masks – The CDC has issued Improve How Your Mask Protects You. This new guidance provides recommendations for better protection against new variants of the virus, including double masking and securing a better fit around the face.

We continue to allow visitations by appointment, and with education on proper handwashing, mask-wearing, and social distancing from others. Once past the screening process, the visitor may only go to the location of the visit and is not to approach other areas, staff, or residents. I understand that many may question why this still necessary if residents, staff, and family are vaccinated. However, we are still under executive orders and will notify you of any changes. Please continue to schedule your visits through the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaae29a5fac07-fphvisitation. Please review the visitation guidelines available on the website prior to your visit.


Stay safe and healthy,

Maria E. Rivera, Administrator

CEO Accepts Super Bowl Challenge From Kansas City

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Joe Xanthopoulos, CEO of Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) in Lakeland, Florida, has agreed to participate in a friendly football wager with fellow administrator and colleague Dan Rexroth, CEO of John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The wager is centered around the Bucs vs. the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 in Tampa, FL.

Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-CEO-Accepts-Super-Bowl-WagerXanthopoulos, an avid Bucs fan, joined by residents and staff of FPH’s continuing care retirement community, is confident that his local team will pull off the big win. While Rexroth and the residents of his Lee’s Summit retirement community, located just outside of Kansas City, feel the Chiefs will win.

Here are the terms of the friendly wager: “If the Bucs win on Sunday,” said Xanthopoulos, “my friend Dan must wear a Tom Brady Buccaneers jersey for one full week following the Super Bowl. This will let the residents and staff at John Knox Village know who the champions really are.” If, however, the Chiefs win the game, Xanthopoulos said he would have to wear a Patrick Mahomes Chiefs jersey for the week. “I really don’t want to do that, but a bet is a bet,” added Xanthopoulos. Both men have agreed to the wager and recorded a video announcement featured on their company’s Facebook page and on YouTube here.

Super Bowl LV determines the league champion for the 2020 NFL season. The local favorite and National Football Conference champion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady, will host the American Football Conference champion Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs won last year’s Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, however, this will be Tom Brady’s 10th appearance in a Super Bowl, having won six of those victories and receiving an MVP award in four. Since the Buccaneers are located in Tampa and the Super Bowl is being played there, this will be the first time an NFL team has played a Super Bowl in their own home stadium.

“We love our Bucs and we’re ready to ‘fire the cannons’ for a win,” said Xanthopoulos. “I hope Dan is prepared to wear Tom Brady’s No. 12 jersey all week long. He’ll do us proud keeping the Bucs spirit alive and well in Missouri.”

John-Knox-Village-CEO-Lees-SummitXanthopoulos and Rexroth have been friends for over 20 years during their career. The two agreed to the friendly wager as an opportunity to build camaraderie between their two organizations from competing Super Bowl cities. “Dan is a great guy and we’re having some competitive fun in relation to the big Super Bowl game,” said Xanthopoulos. “Our residents and staff have truly embraced the challenge by decorating with Bucs accessories and wearing Bucs attire to show support of our local team. We’re just really looking forward to this win.”

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!

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 NIH.gov

Community Update – January 12th

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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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaae29a5fac07-fphvisitation. As previously mentioned, general visitation must occur outdoors, weather permitting.

Stay safe,

Maria Rivera, Administrator

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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