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Complete Your Advance Directive This Spring!

The start of April doesn’t just signal the beginning of spring, it is also the launch of our Advance Directive Initiative. During this time we’ll be promoting the importance of advance directives, answering questions about why they are important for young adults to set up, and helping community members complete them.

What is an Advance Directive? Essentially it’s a written document that lays out your decisions regarding future medical treatment in the event that you’re in a situation where you can no longer make them for yourself. You’ll appoint a health care proxy to be able to speak on your behalf.

Who Should Complete an Advance Directive?

Most people think they don’t need any kind of documentation for this until they get older. However, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 18 completes an advance directive. When parents can no longer make medical decisions for you, it’s important to be able to have a say in your medical treatment and appoint a designated person to make these decisions. You never know when a medical event could occur that leaves you unable to communicate your wishes.

How Can You Complete Yours?

Throughout the month of April, Franklin County Rehab and The Villa Rehab will be holding events as part of the Advance Directive Initiative. Be sure to check one out. They’ll walk you through the necessary steps outlined below:

  1. Obtain necessary Advance Directive form

  2. Appoint your trustworthy agent and confirm with them- they can be a family member, friend or spouse

  3. Complete the form and have two non-related people as witnesses

  4. Complete the registry form to send in with your Advance Directive – You are now registered and this can be accessed online at any time!

Upcoming Events:

  • Franklin County Rehab- On April 13th, Marie Walton will be handing out informative pamphlets and the necessary forms needed to complete your advance directive.

  • The Villa Rehab- On April 13th Tina Pelletier and Ronda Parizo will be handing out informative pamphlets and answering any questions community members may have.

  • For more information, visit:
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Upcoming Educational Program: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver Month. Let’s help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and honor millions of caregivers.  Please join us for an educational program on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016.


Interested in attending this workshop? RSVP on Facebook. Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter  and other events happening this month.

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Join Us For An LNA Training Class: Open House – Monday, October 24th


For more information on job opportunities, please visit our Careers Page or join our Talent Network. Joining our Talent Network will enhance your job search and application process. Whether you choose to apply or just leave your information, we look forward to staying connected with you at Franklin County Rehab, The Villa Rehab, and Holiday House Residential Care Facility.

If you’d like to attend to our LNA Training Class – Open House, please RSVP on our Facebook event page.

We hope to see you!

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Join Us For The Walk To End Alzheimer’s: September 18th at Shelburne Museum!

Did you know that in the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds, and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease? One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia consider recruiting your friends and family & join us for the upcoming the Walk To End Alzheimer’s, taking place at Shelburne Museum on Sunday, September 18th. The Franklin County Rehab staff has put together a team to help raise awareness and fundraising dollars. Please consider joining our team!

Information on the Walk To End Alzheimer’s: 

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions!

When you participate in a Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s!

Interested in joining our team? See below for details. We hope to see you on the 18th!

*Please note the correction – This event is held at the Shelburne Museum, not Shelburne Farms as stated on the image below.

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Join Our Workshop on Effective Communication Strategies For People With Alzheimer’s: Thursday, September 1st!

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, September 1st, Franklin County Rehab Center will be hosting an educational workshop, aimed at helping caregivers and family members work on effective communication strategies with people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed,” states the Alzheimer’s Association. 

This workshop will be lead by our Enrichment Director, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, and Oasis (Person-Centered Care) Coach, Ann Hawksby. She is also on the facility’s very successful antipsychotic medication reduction team, that believes in trying to assist with behavioral issues, with non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as validation, redirection, small group programs, 1:1 programs, Music and Memory, and aroma therapy.

If you are someone or know someone that suffers from this debilitating disease, please join us. Let’s work together to #EndALZ!  

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We’re Excited To Announce We’ve Earned the 2016 Bronze National Quality Award!

Franklin County Rehab Center Earns 2016 Bronze National Quality Award 

St. Albans, Vermont Franklin County Rehab Center has been recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work and quality of care our team provides every day,” said Coleen Kohaut, Administrator/Owner of Franklin County Rehab Center. “We are committed to providing high-quality, person-centered care to our residents and their families. We will never stop improving.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the  American Health Care Association National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Franklin County Rehab Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

“I applaud the women and men of Franklin County Rehab Center for their commitment to improve quality care,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence. I encourage Franklin County Rehab Center to continue their quality journey.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.


Franklin County Rehab Center is a 64 Bed Skilled Nursing Facility Located in St. Albans, Vermont and locally owned and operated by Phillip Condon and Coleen Condon Kohaut.  The Condon family has been providing exceptional Quality of Care to the Franklin County Community for over thirty five years. Franklin County Rehab Center is rated a 5 star facility by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid and had been published in US News and Report Best Nursing Homes and also in the Country.  Franklin County Rehab Center provides short term rehabilitation and long term care services.  Franklin County Rehab Center was also just awarded the QAPI Award for Excellence for 2016 as well as the American Health Care Association Bronze Medal.  Franklin County Rehab Center also had a deficiency free state survey in June of 2016.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit  the  American Health Care Association’s website and the National Center for Assisted Living site. 

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Memorial Day: 5 Fun Holiday Activities To Celebrate The Holiday!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are in full bloom…A sure sign that Spring is here!

And with that warmer weather, comes the official start to the summer season and Memorial Day kicks it all off! What do you have planned for this fun holiday?

If you’re looking to spend it with the special senior in your life, here are some fun ideas for you both to enjoy!

  1. Get Outdoors: If the weather is nice, grab your chairs & outdoor blankets and enjoy the sunshine! Just being out in nature does your mind, body and soul some good! Head to your favorite park for a picnic, watch a parade, or relax with some casual bird watching. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hats & umbrellas.
  2. Make Some Patriotic Desserts: Show off your patriotic spirit with red, white and blue recipes perfect for Memorial Day potlucks, picnics and parties. If you need some inspiration, check out these great recipes.
  3. Enjoy An Ice Cream Social: Grab all your favorite fixin’s for tasty ice cream sundaes. Ice cream, hot fudge or caramel, whipped cream, nuts & cherries. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!
  4. Arts & Crafts: Have you been wanting to start a fun craft project? DIY projects can be enjoyable & easy and they can also be great for stimulating the mind and spirit. Need some inspiration? Here are tons of ways to get creative!
  5. Listen To Music: Use music as medicine for Seniors! Music is a powerful way to connect with someone. Music & Memory go hand in hand and helps residents who experience anxiety, advanced stage dementia or Alzheimer’s, a chance to listen to playlists, and experience the power of music to trigger memories, sing, clap, and enjoy the moment. Find out more on our Music & Memory program here.

We hope you can enjoy some of these easy & fun activities to celebrate the holiday & the upcoming summer season!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Franklin County Rehab Center!  

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Join Us For A Tea Party Kickoff Event: Advance Directive Competition

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We are participating in a friendly competition on Thursday, April 7th, with area providers to see who can get the highest percentage of staff to complete their Advance Directives during the month of April.

This tea party will be our kick-off event. Information will be provided regarding the importance of everyone having an advance directive in place. The paperwork will also be available to be completed. Please join us at 7:30am, 1:30pm or 3pm.

We need your help in order to win this challenge! Please see Marie Walton if you have any questions. You can contact Marie by email at: Or by phone, call (802) 752-1600.

Don’t forget, National Decision Day is 4/16/16.

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Lace Up & Go: National Walking Day is April 6th!

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Spring has finally sprung in Vermont! Don’t you just love the longer days and that warm sunshine? Although it was a mild winter, it still felt like Spring would never show up. But now that’s it’s here, doesn’t it just make you want to get up and enjoy the outdoors?

If you’re looking for a reason to be active next week, you’re in luck! On Wednesday, April 6th it’s National Walking Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. Since 2007, the AHA has held this event on the first Wednesday in April. The goal is to encourage Americans to get up and get moving on this day, and in turn, use that activity and incorporate it into part of a healthy lifestyle.

“These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. On the first Wednesday in April, we kick off a month-long celebration designed to help us all become more active. On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk,” stated the American Heart Association.

Walking is a low-risk and easy to start activity. Regular brisk walking can help you with the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve your balance and coordination
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve circulation

So what’s not to like about walking? Walking is good for you and it’s an aerobic exercise. We hope you’ll join the movement and participate in the #AHALaceUp National Walking Day!

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Join Us For The 1st Annual ‘Gala To Remember’ on Saturday, April 2, 2016!

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it kills more than breast & prostate cancer combined. Sadly, more than 5 million American’s are living with Alzheimer’s and every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease.

If you know someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia, and want to build awareness, support your community and advocate for those affected by the disease, please join us for a ‘Gala To Remember’ hosted by the Franklin County Dementia Care Coalition. The FCDCC “has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for and supporting the families in Franklin County that are facing a diagnosis of Dementia, are caring for a loved one with a diagnosis of Dementia or know someone with Dementia.”

The first annual ‘Gala To Remember’ event is taking place on Saturday, April 2nd from 5pm-10pm, at the Knights of Columbus. Tickets for the event are $25 and all the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter.

The event will begin at 5pm with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6pm. The dinner will be catered by Chef Susan LeClair of Santini Catering. Throughout the evening, there will be dancing, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Some of the items for the silent auction include:

*Restaurant Gift Certificates
*Homemade Craft Items
*Art Work
*An Original Painting from Local Artist Jon Young
*And More!

We are proud to announce that we are a platinum sponsor to this exciting event and the sponsorship is shared between all three of our facilities, including Franklin County Rehab, Holiday House Residential Care Facility and The Villa Rehab Center.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Marie Walton at: All members of the Franklin County Dementia Care Coalition have access to tickets as well.

We truly hope you can make it to this exciting event! If you would like additional information regarding the Gala To Remember, please visit FCDCC’s Facebook page.

We hope to see you!

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