Resident Association President’s Message – March 2015

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

Changes are everywhere in our environment and can be stressful or a blessing. FPH has been changing since its founding in 1955. As FPH changed, old residential units were removed and newer units constructed. We are experiencing these changes today as several former homes have been removed and newer units are in the pipeline.

The extension of the Porter McGrath facility will provide several improvements in the services for its residents and its staff. The number of resident rooms will increase from 48 to 68. Also, there is planned an up-dated rehab gym on the first floor and a multi-purpose room on the second for use as a dining room and as a resident meeting area. A noticeable change will also be seen on the exterior to blend in with the ALF building.

While the Porter McGrath addition is in the works, there have been changes in the performance ratings of nursing facilities as recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These changes will include raises in performance expectations, expansion of targeted surveys, additional quality measures and adjustments to the staffing algorithms. Although the changes will require the Administration to respond meticulously in these various areas of operations, Maria Rivera and her staff are prepared to meet the challenge.

Meanwhile, the McArthur Center is also undergoing change. New fitness machines are planned along with trained staff to provide instructions on advantageous use by the residents. An advanced registered nurse practitioner is to be provided by Lakeland Regional Health (previously known as Lakeland Regional Medical Center) which is another change that illustrates the broader role of the multi-faceted Lakeland Regional system. More information on the McArthur Center will be provided by the Administration as events unfold.

Changes surround us. Changes at Florida Presbyterian Homes are with us daily. A few are mentioned above. As new residents arrive, our social structure is changed. May we look upon these changes as positive to our well-being. We are blessed.

—Bob Bourquein, President

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