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Homestead, Fla. – Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

The news magazine and website each year publishes a list of the best nursing homes in the United States based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The list is designed, according to U.S. News & World Report, to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home this year.

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On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens held its annual Easter Celebration. All of the residents and their families were invited to the party, as well as all of the incredible staff members that make up the Brookwood Gardens team. The residents were treated to a cookout, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones!

There was plenty of fun with a live musician, energetic group of staff dancing and singing, and having a great time. The children celebrated with a bounce house, rock climbing wall, and an Easter egg hunt with over 1,000 eggs! All in all, approximately 140 people attended which really helped make it a great experience.

Thanks to all the staff who participated and helped in one way or another.

– Teresa Timmons, Administrator

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“Brookwood Gardens has greatly improved my quality of life. The care I have received has been with extreme patience and compassion, and for that I will always be grateful”. —Octavio Diaz, Patient of Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens

Read more about the success story of Octavio Diaz below. Click to enlarge photo.

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Jack Pilkington thanks Brookwood Gardens for their generous donation to Homestead Community Center. View the letter below:

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Living in a Nursing Home

Mary Kay representative, Mildred Washington, and her family brought holiday cheer to our seniors. Mildred and her family went door to door presenting each of our seniors with a present. The children did a wonderful job putting a big smile on our resident’s faces. Our Seniors are very appreciative – it is the little things – like caring, compassion and companionship that make the biggest difference in their lives. Thank you to Mildred Washington and her family!

Over 100 senior citizens at The City of Homestead’s Bill Dickinson Community Center were treated to a special holiday lunch by Brookwood Gardens on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

As guests arrived, they were warmly greeted by City of Homestead and Brookwood Gardens representatives. City of Homestead Mayor, Jeff Porter, and his wife, Cindy Porter were also present to share the joyous luncheon with the seniors.

The seniors enjoyed a traditional holiday meal especially prepared for them by Brookwood Gardens. Waiters for the event included Brookwood Garden’s administrator, Ms. Teresa Timmons, as well as dietary and marketing teams, who catered to the seniors in the best of holiday spirit.

“Love is patient, love is kind”

1 Corinthians


Someone once said, “Falling in love is easy but staying in love is very special”. The reason for this is because love is truly patient as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the community of Corinth. This is the love Tony and Mattie have shared for over twenty years. This is the love that leads them to decide to live their lives together as friends, soul-mates and lovers during all this time. But even though their time together seemed to be a life full of love and happiness there was still a dream that Mattie prayed would one day become a reality. That dream finally became a reality when she was admitted to Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens, a Skilled Nursing facility and Rehab Center located in Homestead, Florida. Realizing that her health was at a point where she would not be able to return back to her home and Tony accepting the fact that he would not be able to care for her properly, it was decided that Mattie would now become a long term resident at Brookwood Gardens. Accepting this as God’s will, Mattie felt that it was now time to ask Tony for the gift she had always expected from him. “Is there anything I can get you? Is there anything I can do to make you feel better? Tony asked. This was Mattie’s cue so she jumped at the opportunity to ask Tony, “I would love to have our living together official, and so could we finally get married?”  Tony’s eyes swelled up and his throat tighten as he happily nodded and said “anything you want because this is what I want too”. The problem was how he could make this happen. Mattie was too weak and frail to leave the facility and he had no idea as to how to grant her this prayer. It was then that he thought that maybe the Department of Spirituality at Brookwood Gardens and its chaplain could guide him.  “Of course we can make this happen”, said the Chaplain, “and besides this would be great because it would be the first wedding ever held at Brookwood Gardens.” After meeting with the Chaplain it was agreed that if this is something both wanted this would be something the Brookwood team would help make happen because Brookwood is about helping its residents have and maintain a dignified quality of life and helping their love ones bind even more as a spouse and family while their love one resides at the facility.


On October 18, 2013, with a room full of well-wishers  cheering the couple on which included the facility’s Administrator Mrs. Teresa Timmons, nurses, C N A’s, Therapists, residents and family members from Brookwood Gardens, Ms. Mattie and Mr. Tony  officially united their years of living together in Holy Matrimony.  Do you Tony take Mattie to be your lawfully wedded wife? OH YEAH answered Tony. And do you Mattie take Tony as your lawfully wedded husband? I DO! Cheerfully answered Mattie! And with those exchange of vows the now Mrs. Mattie understood that  falling in love is easy but staying in love, especially after twenty years, is indeed very special! Tony’s joy was obvious as he thanked the Chaplain for helping him give the best gift he could have given his beloved wife. “This place is like Disney World, where dreams happen!” “We at Brookwood not only make dreams happen, we help prayers get answered!” responded the Chaplain.



Eddie Santana, J.D., M.A., M.Div.

Director of Spirituality\Chaplain

Brookwood Gardens