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Last month, about 100 elders and caregivers from Signature HealthCARE nursing homes, including Signature of Trimble County, embarked on a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with one thing in mind: the adventure of a lifetime.
Elders and staff from Signature homes in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida boarded charter buses for a four day long vacation. The group returned with plenty of stories and even some first-time experiences, helicopter rides and parasailing among them. Other adventures included a sightseeing boat tour (no alligator sightings), a trip to Pirates Voyage dinner show, dinner and balloon animals at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, and plenty of sun and sand at the beach.
Signature of Trimble County’s Lana Parisek spent the better part of 2012 planning and fundraising for the event. Parisek, the Quality of Life director, remains grateful for everyone in the community who helped to make this event happen. In the end, Trimble County residents Patricia Simmons and Gloria Morgan were among the elders selected to attend this wonderful vacation.
Signature QOL leaders Angie McAllister, Ellie Curry and Roni Scheurer worked tirelessly, before and during the trip, to make sure it was fun and memorable for the elders who went.
“This year’s vacation to Myrtle Beach marked so many firsts for our elders,” McAllister said. “We had elders who have never seen the ocean, stayed in a hotel, or had the opportunity to travel even short distances from their rural communities. Many of our elders may have planned to travel in their retirement, and even saved to do so, but unfortunately their plans were changed by sudden sickness of themselves or their spouse. I think trips like this one demonstrate to our elders that they can still live life to the fullest, no matter what their age is.”
Last year, Signature residents took a similar trip to Walt Disney World. These trips serve as proof of Signature’s mission to “radically change the landscape of long-term care forever,” and evidence of the company’s commitment to culture change in nursing homes.