Check out this market research report by aging services experts Love & Co. They conducted phone surveys with potential residents and current residents to explore their attitudes and opinions about utilizing the new community / wellness center.
FPH received a Best Places to Work Award from Career Source Polk (formerly Polk Works) that honors employers who exemplify best practices in their workplace and who are committed to improving the quality of life for their employees. Applicants are anonymously scored by an outside panel of Human Resource professionals on the company’s demonstrated commitment to:
- Workplace Diversity
- Work/Life Balance of Employees
- An Educated Workforce
- Training and Development Initiatives
- Recruitment of Quality Employees
- Retention of Quality Employees
In addition, applicants also have the opportunity to share what sets them apart from other employers. Please congratulate Kim Roberts, our Human Resources manager, and our executive team for their commitment to providing great benefits and quality of life policies for our staff.
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual backpack and school supply drive for Dixieland Elementary. We were so excited to drop off three boxes of school supplies and over $450 in Wal-mart gift cards to Dixieland Elementary School. Pictured here is FPH dean of residents Etta Owens, two student helpers, FPH resident Joann Coates and school counselor Shenita Seeden.
by Bonnie Beth Silvestri, Director of Strategic Communications
We all love having a place to call home that feels special and reflects our identity; but as we age, our homes may someday become a hazard. A second floor may become inaccessible or a seemingly innocuous lower cabinet may become a threat to our health and safety. Nonetheless, the vast majority of adults approaching late-life wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible.
Dr. Brianne Stanback, Instructor and Internship Director in the School of Aging Studies, has taken the next step by creating a service-learning course called Aging in Space and Place in partnership with Florida Presbyterian Homes, a continuing care retirement community that offers a variety of choices for independent living and assisted living. She received a mini-grant from the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships to support the implementation of the course. Read more of the story on the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships website.
Our new dining services manager, Russell Colleran, started working at FPH on August 1. He has extensive management and food service experience in senior living communities and commercial restaurants. Russ completed an MBA in 2011 through Keller Graduate School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ithaca College in 1987. He also provided presidential support and event planning during a 15 year career in the Air Force, which required the highest level of security clearance! He has been living in Melbourne hoping to relocate to the Tampa Bay area, and is very excited to meet everyone at FPH.
Public Relations Manager Jennifer Olivier was excited to accept the 2014 Media & Community Involvement Award on behalf of Florida Presbyterian Homes presented during the annual meeting of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) on July 9 during the annual conference in Orlando. This award is given to one facility member each year that has demonstrated a positive and meaningful association with representatives of the news media and their community. Jennifer is pictured here with FHCA president Scott J. Allen.
It’s official! Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center has been recognized for the sixth time with the Florida Governor’s Gold Seal Award, which recognizes nursing homes that demonstrate the highest standards of quality of life and care for their residents. The award is presented every two years.