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The Palms of Largo Senior Living Campus, Sabal Palms Health Care Center, and Saddle Up Riding Club Team up for Equine Therapy for Residents

Who: The Palms of Largo, a 96-acre senior living & health care campus in Largo, is working with the Saddle Up Riding Club in Pinellas Park, a local nonprofit, so residents with short and long term memory loss from Sabal Palms Health Care Center, and residents from other communities on the campus with memory loss, can participate in equine therapy. Therapeutic riding is a growing treatment for rehabilitating a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disorders, including individuals with memory loss. Cypress Palms is also planning on monthly outings for its memory care residents at the riding club.

Sabal Palms is planning a second trip for residents to the Saddle Up riding club. On their initial trip to the equine therapy barn, they learned about the body language of horses, ponies, and a miniature horse, and characteristics of different breeds. Founder and equine therapist Kelllie Sipos notes that horses form a special bond with humans and actually choose the person they want to work with for therapy.

What: Sipos started Saddle Up Riding Club 10 years ago to provide Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT), because of her a passion for horses and teaching. In (date), the club added equine therapy for seniors with memory loss. Riders benefit emotionally, through the unique bonds they form with the horses and memories they have. Physical benefits of horseback riding include improvement in joint mobility, balance and coordination, relaxation of spasticity, increased muscle tone, self-confidence through self-image, concentration and motivation to set and achieve goals.

Why: Memory Connection – Equine therapy enables residents with dementia to experience unconditional love and acceptance that horses give. Equine therapy engages many different senses and triggers reactions, memories and feelings not often tapped into in everyday life. Spending time with horses and caring for their needs eases the symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia, according to new research published in the journal Alplazzos. Sipos says, “We give hope where sometimes there is no hope.”

Two of Sabal Palms’ participants grew up with and rode horses and had not stroked one for over 45 years. They are eager for this next outing. One gentleman resident had not been on an outing for over a year since his wife passed, and with a little coaxing from the Life Enrichment Director she persuaded him to attend this special outing to see his favorite horse pals again since he was a veteran stationed in Japan. His unit nurse said that he could not stay awake and alert for over an hour and that he was happy and engaged for over four hours talking about his horse experiences and socializing with the barn staff and residents.

When: Friday, March 20, 2015 – Arrive at Riding Club at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Saddle Up Riding Club, 9301 62nd Street N., Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Saddle Up Riding Club, Inc. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) Program is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through equine assisted and related activities. Saddle Up Riding Club is a member center of the PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), which provides structured horseback riding sessions to children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Its instructors are nationally certified in therapeutic riding through PATH Intl., and its volunteers and horses have been carefully selected and trained for their roles. For more information, visit www.saddleupridingclub.org.

The Palms of Largo was established with John B. Goodman’s vision to create a world-class intergenerational living community providing housing, programs, and services for individuals of all ages. The Palms of Largo campus offers residential apartments, home health care, independent and assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, respite stays, memory care, end of life care, pediatric care, experiential pre-school and day care, and a holistic spa and fitness center. The Goodman Group manages these Platinum Service® communities. For more information visit www.ThePalmsofLargo.com.

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Sabal Palms Health Care Center Receives New Five-Star Rating From CMS

LARGO, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Sabal Palms Health Care Center, managed by The Goodman Group, has received five stars – the highest overall rating – from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which sets and enforces federal requirements and standards for nursing homes certified to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Sabal Palms Health Care Center has moved up in the CMS rating system from a 4-Star to a 5-Star based on their most recent survey. This new rating reflects that the community has achieved a high standard for quality measures in staffing levels of nurses to patients, and overall exemplary operations of the care center.

“We are proud of the recognition Sabal Palms has received,” said Mark Moyer, executive director, Sabal Palms Health Care Center. “This 5-star rating is indicative of the overall improvements Sabal Palms has made in key quality measures, as well as the high level of commitment our associates have to providing the best possible care to the residents and patients of this community.”

Sabal Palms Health Care Center is highly rated in the following areas as designated by CMS:

  • Overall Quality – 5-Star
  • Health Inspection – 4-Star
  • Staffing – 4-Star
  • Quality Measures – 5-Star

Since the fourth quarter of 2013, Sabal Palms has scored consistently better than the national average in all 18 quality measures. Quality measures are rated based on clinical data the CMS requires nursing homes to submit for their most recent quarters. The measures detail the status of each individual Medicare or Medicaid resident within 19 quality indicators. To see all quality measures ratings, visit Sabal Palms on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Website page.

The primary goal of the CMS rating system is to provide residents and their families with an easy way to understand assessment of nursing home quality, making meaningful distinctions between high and low performing nursing homes. Health inspections are conducted every 12 to 15 months by state surveyors who investigate overall compliance with state regulations, medication management, assessment of resident needs, nursing home administration, environment, kitchen/food services, and resident rights and quality of life.

Sabal Palms Health Care Center offers 244-beds of skilled care, including 34 designated for pediatric care and 25 for young adults. The on-site rehabilitation center offers physical, occupational, speech, restorative and outpatient therapies seven days-a-week in the heart of Pinellas County. Sabal Palms Health Care Center is part of The Palms of Largo 95-acre campus, a world-class intergenerational living community that provides housing, programs, and services for individuals of all ages.

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Sabal Palms Health Care Center Receives Highest Rating From U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, D.C., (Feb. 18, 2014) — Sabal Palms Health Care Center, a senior living community in Largo, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. Sabal Palms Health Care Center is located on the beautiful Palms of Largo 96-acre senior living campus and offers sub-acute rehabilitation, long-term nursing care, and a sub-acute pediatric unit in the heart of Pinellas County.

The Best Nursing Homes 2015 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News’ goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2015 find a home with a strong track record of good care. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories—health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care—and gives each an overall rating.

U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2015.

“We are very proud of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® and care for our residents and this national recognition,” said Mark Moyer, executive director, Sabal Palms Health Care Center. “We are also proud to be among the few percent of all senior living facilities that earned an overall 5-star rating in the state of Washington.”

Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles on how to pay for care, spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.

“The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate.”

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