Campus Planning Update

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Residents and future residents have been hearing about the bungalow court concept for a long time now and we appreciate your patience as we work through the construction process. It has taken a lot longer than we anticipated! Here’s a brief recap of what’s been going on “behind the scenes” and where we are now…

Staff Arranges for Resident to Baptize Great-Granddaughter

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The Rev. Dr. Robert Ward, resident of Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center, baptized his great-granddaughter Peyton in a Sunday Chapel service wearing his doctoral robe. His family from all around the country was there. His son, Rev. Dr. Bob Ward, assisted his father in the baptism. The staff worked hard to get him ready, in his clerical robe, in a wheelchair.  The rehab team provided a “sling” to help him sit up straight to do the baptism. Bob is a very large man who has grown frail due to a stroke and it took a tremendous amount of effort and coordination to make this event happen, and it was done with excitement and love! “It was the most moving service I have ever been to,” said The Rev. Dr. Barbara Booth-Jarmon, full time pastor at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

Although Bob’s physical presence is deteriorating, his mind and memory are sharp! It meant the world to him and his wife to be part of this special moment in their family’s lives.

Porter McGrath Expansion Update Following Meeting with City Officials

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Site of future parking lot and Porter McGrath expansion

Site of future parking lot and Porter McGrath expansion

The Jan. 7 meeting with the City of Lakeland’s Community Development department did not go as well as we had hoped. We requested changes to our south PUD (planned unit development) to allow for demolition of one duplex and an addition of a two-story 20-bed expansion to existing Porter McGrath Health Center (our skilled nursing) and 54 space parking lot be classified as a minor modification. Unfortunately, the needed changes to proceed with this project will be classified as a major modification. What is the difference? Two to three months of additional meetings and reviews. With tight guidelines from the state in which construction must start by February 2016, this was a disappointment to say the least.

Letters of Support for Porter McGrath Expansion

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Part of the CON (certificate of need) process includes submitting letters of support and recommendation for the Porter McGrath expansion project. Over the years our administrators and directors have formed great relationships within the industry and the local community. Thanks to these strong relationships, we were able to provide an amazing collection of letters recommending that our CON be approved. Read the letters for yourself!

Should Your CCRC Expand into HCBS?

. Posted in Industry News, Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

Published On: Oct 28, 2014

Expanding into home and community-based services (HCBS) is a natural progression for a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). That’s because the primary benefit of the CCRC model is to allow people to age in 1 community even if they need additional health care services over time.
We find that some of our most successful HCBS members started as CCRCs. I don’t believe that is a coincidence.
The leadership and staff of CCRCs have the skill set to attract and maintain quality staff, promote wellness and prevention, and facilitate care coordination for the older adults they serve. CCRC leaders also have risk-management skills that can help them succeed as operators of Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and other types of HCBS.

Why Would a CCRC Want to Move Toward HCBS?

There are many reasons why a CCRC might want to begin offering home and community-based services. This move could help you: Read rest the rest of the story on the LeadingAge website.

FPH Receives Livable Polk Award

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Mickey Roberts, Construction Consultant; Gokhan Uzmez, Project Administrator; and Joe Diaz, Construction Manager

Mickey Roberts, Construction Consultant; Gokhan Uzmez, Project Administrator; and Joe Diaz, Construction Manager

FPH is so very pleased to share that we received a Livable Polk Award from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners during the recent Polk Vision annual meeting at Polk State College. We received the Judges’ Choice Award for sustainable development for utilizing universal design renovations at one of our lakefront cottages. Each time we renovate a house or apartment on campus, we try to incorporate as many aging in place / universal design upgrades as we can. Congratulations to the construction, maintenance, sales and housekeeping teams for the work that they do listening to our customers and making our homes elder friendly.

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