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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.

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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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