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2014-QAPI-Accreditation-Seal1Surrey Place Care Center has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Mr. James Thompson, an elder at Surrey Place, accepted the position of Senior Chaplain for his neighborhood at Surrey.  Elder Chaplain Thompson will offer spiritual support  through prayer and encouragement.  Mr. Thompson is a wonderful prayer warrior and we are blessed to have him assist.  Shanna Kirby, Chaplain and Tim Hill, Regional Chaplain Director, presented Mr. Thompson with a Senior Chaplain Certificate.  His wife, peers, and staff were on hand to witness the giving of the certificate.

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Surrey Place has been accepted on the Eden Registry and it simply means we are making a public commitment to strive for the principles and practices of the Eden Alternative.  Being on the Registry is a way of honoring those who would undertake the hard work of transforming institutional-like nursing homes into warm, human habitats.  Surrey Place is committed to eliminating loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, which are plagues to our elders.  We are on a journey to create home for our elders so that they can continue to have lives worth living.

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Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.  After all that, add some true artistic expression and you will find a way to inspire others and to communicate oneself!  Enjoy the wonderful and creative works of art from our elders here at Surrey Place.

Can you imagine the excitement of flying to Boston, going to the Boston Aquarium, whale watching, going to Cheers (where everyone knows your name), and then topping it all off with watching the Red Sox  play at Fenway Park? Not only did they get to see them play, they got to see them win!  Charles Hall, John Thomas, Gail Boylan (Director of Nursing) and Debra Cantrambone (Social Services Director) took in many of the sites of “Bean Town” and said it was amazing.  Charles Hall said, “it was a dream come true.”

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Surrey Place takes the GOLD!  Each year, ACHA conducts their Health Inspection Survey, and this year Surrey Place Care Center is proud to receive a GOLD survey!  Special thanks to our hard working, professional and caring staff!

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John Roberge, LPN was the big winner of the Gift Basket!  We all had a good laugh, because the basket was full of gifts for the ladies.  John graciously shared the basket with the other nurses (all female).  John’s a great guy and always a good sport!

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In honor of National Nurses’ Week,  Chaplain Shanna Kirby met with our nurses and prayed for them and for the tremendous work that they do to care for our elders.  She was able to give each nurse a small white Bible donated by our local Gideons.  Our nurses are the best!

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Marjorie Musgrove celebrated another milestone birthday on May 8th. She’s 101 years old!  Doesn’t she look fabulous?  She enjoyed a wonderful meal with her family at the Brown Lantern (who prepared her favorite Brown Lantern meal!), and later returned to Surrey Place for a birthday party honoring her big day.  Special thanks to the Not Brothers for entertaining us!

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The elders at Surrey Place wanted to participate in The National Day of Prayer on May 1st, so they invited our Mayor, Sonny Nobles and our Supervisor of Elections, Glenda Williams, along with Kathy Gallin, Signature Health Care’s  Director of Legislative Affairs and Bishop Henry Smart.  Everyone gathered outside, at 10:00 a.m. and joined in prayer for our country and our community.  Chaplain Shanna Kirby gave an inspiring message of hope for those who are suffering in our world; our country and in our nursing homes.  Deacon Charles Hall; Senior Chaplain Elsie Underwood and Iva Jo Law participated in leading the Lord’s Prayer and the Opening and Closing prayers.