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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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BROOKWOOD GARDENS SPIRITUALITY BEGINS ITS WIG PROGRAM: CUORE-A-CUORE (HEART TO HEART)

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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

 

 

 

BROOKWOOD GARDENS CELEBRATES ITS ANNUAL SENIOR OLYMPICS

“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication”.

Herb Elliott (Australian middle-distance Runner, world record holder in the 1.500 meter race (1958-67) and the mile race (1958-62)

If one word could define the atmosphere that filled the halls and dining room area at Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens, Homestead, Florida, during its annual Senior Olympics it would be “INSPIRATIONAL”. With torch in hand and flags waving in the air, the participants of the 2013 Brookwood Gardens Senior Olympic opened the event held on September 25 with a parade down the facility’s halls. Cheers of encouragements by the stakeholders surrounded by the theme song of Chariots of Fire only help to not only inspire the residents athletes but also drive the entire building into realizing what an example these courageous men and women were setting by giving all who witness them compete, the realization that winners are truly those who know how to overcome any obstacles, be it physical or emotional, with a willingness, a desire and a true faith in the power we all have within. “You are only as old as you want to feel”, stated one of the residents, “and today I feel young, strong and competitive”. “But I know I’m going win” said another resident, “because I got God on my side”. Actually all the participants had God’s blessings on their side as the Facility’s Chaplain blessed each one of them as well as the events that followed.

Over 40 residents entered the Brookwood Gardens Olympic Stadium, decorated and hosted by the facility’s Quality of Life Director, Maria Lorenzo and her Activity’s Department team. Over five challenging events were listed ranging from Bean Bag Toss; Pass the Pickle; The Famous Wheel Chair Race; Lawn Toss and the historic Tug of War. The ceremony began at 9:45 a.m. with the parade and opening ceremony followed by the sporting events which ended at 4:00 p.m. This was then concluded by the award ceremony where all the participants won gold, silver or bronze medals. Everyone was a winner and a true Signature Olympian. The Facility’s newly appointed Administrator, Mrs. Teresa Timmons, also was awarded a few medals for her support and inspiring encouragement as she begins her Olympic stride of leading her new community of Brookwood Gardens towards the road of continual success and victory in all its future endeavors. Brookwood Gardens continues to be a community of inspirational winners!

By Eddie Santana, Director of Spirituality/Chaplain
Signature HealthCARE Brookwood Gardens