Resident Association President’s Message – May 2015

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

During the March Council meeting, Ann Reddout made a motion under new business to obtain a More Complete Financial Report from the FPH Administration. The Council passed a Motion to Appoint a Committee to Formulate the Parameters of the Primary Motion. Both Motions were passed by the Council during their regular Meeting on March 10, 2015.

Ann’s listing of the financial details presented at the Council Meeting was provided by me to Patty Fekete, Director of Finance. We agreed to have a meeting between the Council Committee and the Administration following the meeting by the Committee to Formulate the Parameters of the Primary Motion.

Honored Staff – 35 and 36 Years of Memories at “The Homes”

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

AnnSmith BarbaraCollins1     Martha Pitts





We continue our 60th anniversary celebration and appreciation by asking for memories from some of our dedicated long time employees. These three ladies have been here a long time and served many residents through the years: Ann Smith, Receptionist, 36 years with FPH; Barbara Collins, Executive Assistant and Martha Pitts, LPN in Assisted Living, both with 35 years at FPH.

Living Our Mission: Person Centered Care At Its Best

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

The Kilbys when they first became residents at FPH

The Kilbys when they first became residents at FPH

FPH’s unwavering commitment to compassionate, personalized continuing care and service of the highest quality can be seen in the All About Me posters hanging in Porter McGrath residents’ rooms. The project originated from FPH social worker Teresa Montoya’s work with the Alzheimer’s Association. The idea is to have familiar things to talk to the residents about since the long term memory stays with them the longest. “Talking to an individual about their personal history can help improve their memory and also helps the staff caring for them provide ideas for activities geared toward their likes and dislikes that will be both interesting and stimulating to the person with dementia,” Teresa explained. “In addition, activities can be rewarding and fulfilling to the caregiver and/or visitors.”

Honored Staff – 40 Years of Memories at “The Homes”

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

Honored Staff for April

Thank you to new resident Carol Brown for writing this story. Connie and Ekie have passed their 40 year milestone; Mary will reach hers later this year.

As we celebrate our 60th year of providing homes and care, it’s appropriate to recognize the dedicated employees who have helped to make it feel like home and provided care when it was needed. We asked questions of three wonderful employees: Connie Wilson, Ethyl (Ekie) Black and Mary Mathis – they have worked here for 40 years. We ask them to remember their first day, a significant activity or day or another memory – this is what they shared:

FPH Executive Chef Wins Top Chef of Polk County

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog, News

Ron cropped

Polk County, Florida’s elite chefs were stunned last night when a little known chef from a small retirement community took top honor at the Top Chef of Polk County competition, a fundraiser for the Achievement Academy.

Florida Presbyterian Homes Executive Chef Ronald Mayer wowed the judges with a delectable five course menu paired with local winery Keel & Curley selections at the April 20th event held at The Lakeland Center.

“Ron is an extremely accomplished and experienced chef with over 35 years in the industry,” says dining services manager Russell Colleran. “He embodies the culinary spirit of creativity and execution. Food is very important to the residents we serve and we are so proud to have him as our chef.”

Updated Plans for Porter McGrath and McArthur Center

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

It’s an exciting time at FPH! Executive Director John Hehn revealed more detailed plans this week for our health center expansion and the remodeling of our community center. The “lean start up” in the McArthur Center will help us prepare for the opening of our beautiful new wellness/community center on the lake in a few years. Click on the links below to check them out:

Porter McGrath Expansion

McArthur Center Remodel

The History of Our Homes: Lakeside Heights

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

Originally, Lakeside Heights was an area of Florida Presbyterian Homes covering Lakeside Court, Lakeside Avenue, and Cresap Street. Before 1959, Lakeside Heights was a citrus grove and the estate of Mr. Herbert J. Drane. The first ten homes were dedicated on February 8, 1959. Soon there were 35 homes. They were built by the Presbyterian Board of Pensions for retired ministers, missionaries, and educators. Some residents built their own houses and gave them to the Board. Now this is choice property on beautiful Lake Hunter. An evening sunset is worth the price of living here.

Resident Association President’s Message – April 2015

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

March – What a Month! Friday the Thirteenth, St. Patrick’s Day, Browse & Brunch, Senior Games, Activities Fund Drive, new residential construction, etc.

Over 20 residents were entered to participate in the Polk Senior Games and many returned with well-deserved medals. Several of our champions are in their nineties; great examples for active living at Florida Presbyterian Homes. The Wellness Committee, chaired by Maryon Bramley, will be posting a listing of the residents who participated in the Senior Games and their results.

Physical Therapy at FPH – A Resident’s Experience

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

In late October Joan and I were returning from a reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was driving and trying to make the trip back quickly, so I was not stopping often, as I should. A few days after returning, I had tremendous pain in my left leg. Upon checking with my family physician he indicated I had irritated my sciatic nerve, which evidently runs from the top of the spine to the lower part of each leg. He said this was probably caused by not stopping frequently on my return trip. After receiving cortisone shots and medication, which did not reduce the pain, he suggested physical therapy.

The History of Our Homes: The Denise Executive Office Building

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

One former building on the southwest corner of Cresap Street and Lakeside Avenue was part of the life of Florida Presbyterian Homes almost from the beginning. Dr. Samuel Forrer and his wife, Louise, built a house in 1956 for their own use. The Forrers would go from their home to the dining room of Howland-Delay for their meals.

Over the years, the house changed hands many times. Its last residents were Dr. and Mrs. John Corbin. Dr. Corbin was a prominent missionary leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In the 1990’s, the home was converted into offices and named the Denise Executive Office Building in memory of Larrimore and Alma Denise.

© 2014 Florida Presbyterian Homes
16 Lake Hunter Drive - Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-688-5521 or Marketing: 863-577-6001