The Bridge at Ridgely 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.
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.
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.
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.
She shared this news with Terry Lynch, The Director of Spirituality. She was excited to have the opportunity to teach on Sunday, February 1. Terry made plans with Doris to attend the Sunday School class and surprised them with breakfast.
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 Tuesday, December 10th, The Bridge at Ridgely was honored to have Rolling Thunder visit their center. Rolling Thunder is a motorcycle organization made up of both veterans and non-veteran members alike who volunteer their time touring the United States to bring attention to the United States 86,000 POW/MIA that have been left behind from every war beginning with Vietnam. The organization has 90 chartered chapters whose main philosophy is “We will never forget.” Their organization has not only brought attention to the issue, but they are also responsible for championing the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1993.
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.