Watching a loved one die is one of the most agonizing experiences that a family can go through. The hardest part is caring for a loved one who doesn’t even know you as you witness their fast and steady decline. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia will hit record highs as the baby boomers age. Around 5.2 million Americans are diagnosed with this deadly disease which includes 200,000 individuals younger than 65 years of age and older. It is estimated that by the year 2050 that the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s may triple the national rates of today, raising numbers from 5 million to 16 million. Alzheimer’s disease attacks women twice as often as men.
News & Updates
More than 1,000 Signature staff members registered for the recent Spirituality LearnFEST, a virtual learning conference that encouraged participants to consider the impact of spirituality, if fully activated, in a long-term care environment.
And that number doesn’t even include the many who joined in groups, in offices, breakrooms and wherever there were TVs or computers at Signature centers across 10 states to view the live broadcast. The event featured sessions that tied spirituality to numerous aspects of long-term care and health care, from clinical care to legislative involvement and the impact of spirituality in the workplace.
January 31, 2015, Terry Lynch, Director of Spirituality and Calvary Independent Baptist Church, hosted a night of fun for the seniors of Obion and Lake County. The theme was “A Tour of Italy”.
The evening began with a candle light Italian dinner, then games, an auction, and a comedy skit starring two Italian beauties. The evening was complete with a performance by the church’s drama team.
Dietary Cook, Doris Robinson, is a children’s Sunday School Teacher at Ridgely Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She was very excited about news she received that she was going to have several Sundays off of work.
View the SHC 2014 Year In Review
Expansion. Adaptation. Innovation.
These words, in many ways, defined 2014 for Signature HealthCARE. The Revolution brought our total number of locations to 125. We welcomed new centers to the family and took pivotal steps to position SHC as an integrated care network capable of meeting health care needs across the full spectrum of care. We expanded into new business lines while continuing to enhance and invest in existing service offerings.
The Bridge at Ridgely co-hosted with Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Hornbeak to sponsor, cook, and serve a meal on Wednesday, December 17th at the Salvation Army.
Terry Lynch, Director of Spirituality, says, “This was an opportunity to meet needs and minister in the community.
We were blessed to serve and feed 121 people and give back to the community what the Lord has blessed us with. On behalf of The Bridge and Calvary Baptist Church, it was an honor to be a part of such an awesome ministry. May we never forget the cause to serve others.”
On December 8th, we participated in the Tiptonville, Tennessee Christmas Parade. We even won the first place “The Mayors” award! Elder Robert Johnson, a former Memphis area DJ, was equipped with a microphone and speaker and entertained the crowd with singing, humor, and his overall jovial attitude. The float, named “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was beautifully decorated and included our elders, stakeholders, and their children.
The Bridge at Ridgely welcomed approximately 300 community members Saturday night to their Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The facility’s dining room, filled to capacity, was the center of all the excitement with visits from Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and hot cocoa and cookies baked by the dietary department. The event, which was a joint effort between The Bridge and the city of Ridgely, immediately followed the town’s Christmas parade.
Several city officials were present for the event and distributed trophies to the winners of the different parade categories, with The Bridge’s float winning second place for their “Twas The Night Before Christmas” theme. Some of the special guests were Brenda Crittendon, Alderman and Parade Chairman; Ridgely Mayor Steve Jones and his wife, Kathy; and Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson and his wife, Linda.
The Bridge at Ridgely is a 100-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center operated by Signature HealthCARE, based in Louisville, KY.
– Ashley Smith, Admissions/Marketing