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Cambridge, Md. – Signature HealthCARE at Mallard Bay has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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View the SHC 2014 Year In Review

Expansion. Adaptation. Innovation.

These words, in many ways, defined 2014 for Signature HealthCARE. The Revolution brought our total number of locations to 125. We welcomed new centers to the family and took pivotal steps to position SHC as an integrated care network capable of meeting health care needs across the full spectrum of care. We expanded into new business lines while continuing to enhance and invest in existing service offerings.

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This Veterans Day, Signature HealthCARE would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our nation’s military veterans, and those still actively serving. We especially want to thank all of our residents and stakeholders who served our country.

Happy Veterans Day from the Signature family to yours.

On October 9, 2014, Mallard Bay held its 7th annual Hall of Fame. Troy Wilson, Reverend Robert Bailey, Charles Kelly, Curtis Johnson, and Addie Eckardt were all honored.

In the month of September, Mallard Bay residents got to experience wild horses on Assateague Island and Crabtoberfest in Downtown Cambridge.

On a beautiful sunny morning, Mallard Bay staff were busy setting up for the first Senior Olympics at Mallard Bay.  Seventy-eight residents and 55 staff members participated and helped throughout the day. We had DJ Buddy Bloom for our entertainment and had Pit Pork BBQ for lunch.

We had five games–football throw, cornhole, wheelchair races, volleyball, and basketball. A team from our sister facility, LaurelWood, came to Mallard Bay to compete for a fun day activities.  Mallard Bay’s own Alan Hubbard and Warren Rue received metals in football throw, Medford Thomas in cornhole, and Robert Bailey in basketball. The Mallard Bay team also won two trophy’s for our team spirit and overall winners.  Lauarelwood elders took home a medal for the wheelchair races and a trophy for best camp.

It was a wonderful day and a true testament of teamwork.  Many residents and staff all are looking forward to our next Senior Olympics.

Bright and early Sunday, September 7th, the Mallard Bay Crew set out on our Atlantic City Adventure.  Four lucky elders and five staff members left the building with much anticipation of what the next three days had in store for us.  We had a beautiful, sunny ride all the way there and arrived at Harrah’s Resort around lunch time.  We felt like royalty as the valet unloaded and parked our vehicles, and as we entered the hotel and casino we were in awe of our surroundings.  We decided to check our bags and grab a quick lunch at the Sack O’ Subs restaurant before heading out on the town. 

Our first stop was The Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret for the Magic & Mayhem show featuring Joe Holiday.  Warren was thrilled to be part of the show as Joe Holiday called him out to answer several questions.  After the show, we toured the Tropicana resort and did some window shopping.  Warren was again in awe when we came upon the cigar shop and he got a private tour of the humidor room where he got to hold a $150 cigar.  After some more browsing, we decided to head back to Harrah’s to check out the sights at our home for the next two nights. 

We had dinner at Primo’s Pizza and then we did a little sight-seeing of the hotel before heading off to get settled into our rooms for the night. 

On Monday morning, we had breakfast in our rooms and then headed to the Atlantic City Aquarium.  We were able to get face to face with some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures and some very unique land species, too.  Arthur got very up-close and personal with one of the small sharks in the touch tank as he not only touched it, but tried to pick it up. 

All of the elders had an awesome time touring three stories of exhibits including various types of fish, sting rays, lizards and even a giant sea turtle.  We also took many pictures of our group and the ocean from the observation deck. 

Next on our agenda was lunch.  We headed to the board walk and our elders got another treat fit for royalty as they were chauffeured in Atlantic City’s famous Strolling Chairs to the Rainforest Café for an amazing meal.  Chuck and Warren said their “big ‘ole steak was one of the best parts of the trip.”  Moise got to feast on her favorite food of fried shrimp and Arthur had fish and chips.  For the rest of the afternoon we traveled the boards and did lots of sightseeing, shopping, and playing games.  Later we headed back to our resort and decided we were so full from our huge lunch that we only wanted dessert so we snacked on various types of ice cream before hitting the slots.  Our elders were mesmerized by all the lights and sounds at the Casino. 

Finally, after a long and exciting day, it was time to turn in to our plush rooms for the night and get ready for day three.  Tuesday morning Arthur stated that he was “on vacation” and did not want to get out of his cozy bed so we treated him to breakfast in bed.  Once we were all up and moving, we decided to go check out the pool and do some souvenir shopping before loading up the car.  We all voted and decided to take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on our way home, which would take us and our vehicles from New Jersey to Delaware.  We stopped at the sub place and ordered lunch to take on the Ferry before saying goodbye to Angie and Dawn from the home office as we headed to our next adventure. 

Once we arrived at the Ferry, we were treated to amazing views of the Delaware Bay.  We reminisced about our favorite things about our trip over lunch.  Warren and Chuck said they very much enjoyed the steaks,  Moise said she enjoyed her huge comfy bed, and Arthur said he enjoyed just sitting and watching all sorts of people walk the board walk.  All of our elders and staff agreed that we can’t wait for our next vacation!

At Mallard Bay, we don’t believe life ends with admission to the nursing home. One of the ways we are different is that we strive to continue to make dreams come true for our elders. Many of the elers are well into their 80s and 90s and still going strong. Many of our elders have served in military, raised large families, and worked their entire lives. Many have never been on vacation. This is what makes Mallard Bay different–we are willing to enhance quality of life at every age. We want the elders to dream big and do it all. We want them to continue to experience life in their later years. What better way to experience life’s wonders than a vacation.

Last year, Mallard Bay successfully took two elders on an all-expense paid vacation to Branson, Missouri. We fundraised every dime to provide these two elders the opportunity of a lifetime, and to this day they are still smiling.

This year, our elders have decided “You Only Live Once” and they want to vacation in Atlantic City. Our goal is to take a group of elders out of the nursing home for two nights and spoil them rotten as a reward for their lifetime achievements. For some of our elders, they just want to get away, others want to test their luck, and then there are a few that just want to put their feet in the sand.

This trip will take place September 7-9 2014. We are traveling by mini vans and staying at Harrah’s Resort. The more money we raise, the more opportunities we can provide for the elders.

Thank you to all that helped contribute!

Community/Business Sponsors: American Legion, Pharmerica, Best Care Ambulance, MedOptions Sherwin Williams, Holloway Tours, Elliott’s Bakery, Sandy Hill Diner, Verona Pizza, Crowne Sports, Michael’s, Hidden Gem Restaurant, St. Michael’s Maritime Museum, Simmons Center Market, Snappers Restaurant, Popeye’s, Flowers and Things, Clayton’s Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, Clearwater Pool and Spa, Papa John’s, N &T Nails, Bed Bath and Beyond, Royal Farms, Rita’s, Lindy’s Seafood, Hoober Inc., Starbucks, Bay Country Bakery, Bayside Animal Hospital, E.S. Hubbert’s,
Vendors: Thirty One, Paparazzi Jewelry, Tupperware, Avon, Damsel in Defense, Pampered Chef, Clever Container, Celebrating Home, NYR Organics, Cookie Lee, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, The Porch, The Jewelry Lady, Scentsy, Longaberger

Personal Sponsors: Gene Boyles, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Odemena, Krista Wiles, Alison Trice, Pat Drayton, Sherelle Chase, Dawn Moore, Patty Robinson, Maggie Blackwell, Dr. Wilkenson, Palamaras Family, Peters Family, Schilling Family, Wilkerson Family, Brittingham Family

August was a fun filled month at Mallard Bay. We ended the month with a Luau Party! Children came and enjoyed the party before heading back to start the school year!

Elders at Mallard Bay have lived many years and experienced many things. However, they never knew you could paint your breakfast toast. Elders expressed themselves by painting bread with colored milk and then toasting in for a morning snack! Beautiful and delicious.

Residents light up with smiles when dogs come to visit Mallard Bay!

Staff members bring in their pets, families of our residents bring in pets, and Pets on Wheels bring dogs to visit our wonderful residents.