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From the Desk of the CEO: Celebrating National Nursing Assistants Week

June 21, 2022

“I entered skilled nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). During this role, I developed love and compassion for the elderly. It gave me an opportunity to learn who each of these people were, hear their stories, and listen to the words of wisdom they often imparted to me. They encouraged me to continue to grow and make a difference in long-term care. As I continued in my healthcare journey, there were various leaders who believed in me and continued to provide opportunities and experiences. I continued to grow from one role to the next all while expanding my education of the field. I am thankful for each role that I’ve held through the years. Each member of the nursing team is important and needed, but the role of a CNA is invaluable. They are the backbone of the long-term care industry. They are often the unsung heroes that become more like family to a Resident than a caregiver. We honor and give gratitude to those CNA’s that answer the call every single day and make unmeasurable impact.”

CEO, Bernie McGuinness

Success Story: Theresa McCarty

June 20, 2022

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” –   Nelson Mandela

Our community is so proud to spotlight its most recent Success story, Theresa McCarty!

Theresa was admitted to Elliott Nursing & Rehab in October of 2021 after an extensive stay in the hospital due to COVID-19 and sepsis related to a pressure area. When Theresa admitted to our community, she was completely dependent on our Care Team for all activities of daily living, and had an unstageable sacral wound. At admission, Theresa said her goals were to return home independently and her wound to be healed. Theresa had the determination and the support to make this happen. She, along with her Care Team members, worked diligently to meet her goals. During her stay, she became stronger and more independent. In June of 2022, Theresa was able to ambulate with her walker down the hallway to her daughter’s vehicle, with her head held high, a smile from ear to ear, and with tear-filled eyes knowing she had finally done it. Her wound was completely healed at discharge, she was able to perform her activities of daily living, and ambulate with a walker. She was successfully discharged home with all of her goals met. Theresa, thank you for showing us what the #MAGIC is about and being such an inspiration to all of us. We will miss you, but know you’re doing amazing! Congratulations to Theresa and her Care Team on their success!

It was her wish and that of her daughter that soon she would be home. We asked her daughter, Dayla Keeton, to put into words her Mother’s Journey and she had this to say:

“After an extensive hospital stay, my mother came home requiring assistance for everything, even eating and drinking. She also had a very extensive wound, that many, including myself, worried if it were healable. I entered her into Elliott Nursing and Rehabilitation with a fear that she would never be able to return home. However, God and Elliott Nursing and Rehabilitation had big plans for my mother! She recently came home with a fully healed wound, and is almost fully independent with the use of a walker. Elliott Nursing and Rehabilitation became a second family to my mother, and myself. They not only saved her life, but gave her a second chance at living. We are so appreciative and we will miss everyone we had the pleasure of getting to know!”

Our community would like to offer its most sincere wishes for a long lasting recovery to this special lady! 

National Nurses Week: The History of Florence Nightingale

May 12, 2022

During National Nurses Week, take time to celebrate the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale! Her endeavors to improve the aspect of healthcare has greatly shaped the quality of care by nurses in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Currently, there are nurses all around the world putting their lives on the line to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s clear that Florence Nightingale’s impact on healthcare also helped pave the way for modern-day nurses and healthcare professionals to follow suit.

“With nurses around the world on the front lines of a global pandemic, it’s a poignant time to reflect on how Nightingale’s legacy laid the groundwork for their heroic work in hospitals today.” Says Greta Westwood, CEO of the Florence Nightingale Foundation. “She never took no for an answer – anything was possible.”

Also known as “The Lady with the Lamp”, Florence Nightingale started her nursing career in London, and later became appointed as the head nurse of the 1854 Crimean War. Nightingale’s passion and determination set her apart from others and got her the famous nickname “Lady with the Lamp” for checking on her patients via lamplight during the war. Not only did she care for her patients’ health, but she also often wrote letters to soldiers’ loved ones on their behalf.

The “Angel of the Crimea” made it her goal to lower death rates by improving hygiene practices in hospitals. She created numerous patient services that improved each patient’s quality of care while admitted in the hospital. She oversaw “invalid’s kitchen” where she set out food plans for patients that had dietary requirements. She also secured a laundry area so patients could have clean bed sheets and towels.

After the Crimean War, Nightingale wrote a book called Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army to share her observations and experiences while tending wounded soldiers. In 1857, the War Office’s administrative department was completely reconstruction due to Nightingale’s book and her experiences during the Crimean War, reforming several military hospitals that were under very poor conditions. ( Editors 2009)

In August of 1910, Nightingale became ill and was battling with heart failure. She died a week later at her home in London, bringing her life to an end at 90 years old. ( Editors 2009) Two years after her death, the Florence Nightingale Medal was created by the International Committee of the Red Cross, dedicated to be given to exceptional nurses every 2 years. In 1965, International Nurses Day was also created, residing on Nightingale’s birthday to continue celebrating her accomplishments. (Alexander 2018)

Despite her unexpected death, her legacy continues to live on at the Florence Nightingale Museum, which is located at the exact same spot of the original Nightingale Training School for Nurses. The museum holds over 2,000 artifacts to memorialize the mother of modern nursing. ( Editors 2009)

Florence Nightingale’s legacy is important to note during significant time for nurses courageously fighting on the frontlines during the pandemic. Notes Westwood, “Florence would be so proud of what nurses have managed to achieve during the pandemic.” (Haynes 2020)


National Nurses Week 2022: Month Long Discounts and Freebies

May 10, 2022

We are preparing for an amazing celebration of National Nurses Week this year! Many companies are showing their gratitude for nurses and healthcare workers by offering awesome deals and freebies during Nurses Week and throughout the year. Whether you are a healthcare worker looking for a good deal or you’re shopping for a healthcare hero in your life, check out these great deals valid for the entire month of May for Nurses Week 2022!

Food & Drinks

  • Mrs. Fields – Take a look online at this sweet selection of cookies in the Heroes Collection of cookie tins, which honors healthcare workers.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Grab a hot meal and a big thank you! Show your industry identification to get 10% off your bill. The discount is not available via ordering online.
  • Texas de Brazil – Enjoy a night or lunch out with a delicious selection of steaks (salads too!) and save 15% with a valid badge or ID.


  • Amazon – Curl up with a selection of four free medical drama books, specially curated to celebrate nurses.
  • Adidas – Receive 30% off in-store and on the Adidas website, and 20% off at factory outlet stores, when you verify your status as a nurse with
  • All Seasons Uniforms – Spruce up your closet with 20% off all medical apparel, such as scrubs, lab coats, and cleanroom clothing. Use discount code NURSE20.
  • ASICS – Medical professionals and first responders, including nurses, physicians, police officers, and firefighters, can enjoy 40% off ASICS products. When you verify your healthcare worker status using SheerID, you will receive a on-time-use promo code.
  • Brooklyn Bedding – Don’t snooze on this offer. Get 25% off and free shipping on your entire order of mattresses, pillows, sheets, and/or foundations. Verify your eligibility via during checkout.
  • Lenovo – Need to upgrade your technology? Take an extra 5% off products sitewide, excluding doorbuster deals and select clearance products. Verify your healthcare worker status with during checkout.
  • L.L. Bean – Enjoy 15% off one purchase after verifying your employment status through SheerID. This discount is valid on merchandise purchases are, retail stores, or by phone.
  • Lululemon – Receive 15% off in-store or online purchases.
  • Nike – All medical professionals and first responders in the US are eligible for a 10% discount. Verify your profession as a nurse with SheerID to get a one-time-use promo code.
  • Purple – Take 10% off any order purchased at or Purple retail showrooms, after verifying employment status through SheerID. Click on the “Verify Eligibility” button to start the process. Once approved, you will receive a single-use promotional code to use at checkout.
  • Ring – Stay safe with a 20% discount savings on select Ring Doorbell products.
  • Rothy’s – Enjoy some cool comfort with 20% off a pair of washable shoes. Verify your nurse status and claim the savings at online checkout.
  • Under Armour – Take advantage of 20% off at and in UA Brand House stores. Choose the Military and First Responder Discount at checkout, and then verify your status as a nurse with
  • Verizon – You and your loved ones can get a Start Unlimited plan (with unlimited talk, text, and data) from $30 per line with four lines. That’s an offer the whole family can enjoy!
  • Vineyard Vines – Save 15% on all apparel with a verified medical ID.


  • Budget – Available through the shop, Budget is offering a discount of up to 25% for nurses. Create an account or sign in to enjoy this offer.
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car – Similar to the Budget discount, nurses, military members, and teachers can take up to 25% off their rental car costs with Enterprise. An account is required to access this discount.
  • National – Rounding out the trio of rental car companies’ offers for nurses through, National “lets you choose any car in the aisle and go” with up to 25% off.

In addition to this month’s discounts and freebies, Majestic Care is proud to partner with Panda Perks to give our Care Team members 24/7 access to discounts and perks on the brands you love! Give us a call to learn more.

Success Story: Deborah Wells

March 25, 2022

Elliott Nursing & Rehabilitation is proud to recognize resident Deborah Wells’s Success Story!

Ms. Deborah Wells came to Elliott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a decline at home that resulted in her being hospitalized. Upon admission, she was very weak and was unable to tolerate sitting up, feeding herself or walking. After participating in therapy services Ms. Wells can now maneuver around the community, feed herself independently and walk with assistance! She loves to participate in all of our community activities and wears a huge smile on her face. She loves interacting with our Care Team and other residents everyday! Deborah and her family have decided that she will make Elliott her home! Congratulations to Deborah and her Care Team on their success!

Success Story: Erma Stafford

February 1, 2022

Elliott Nursing & Rehabilitation is proud to share resident Erma Stafford’s Success Story!

Erma was admitted to Elliott Nursing & Rehab on December 30, 2021. During the course of her stay, Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy were initiated to effectively identify Erma’s unique needs and tailor specialized treatment plans to successfully transition Erma to the next level of care.

Our therapy team provided skilled interventions to address the adaptation, compensation, and restoration potential of Erma, and coordinated with the interdisciplinary team to ensure all of her clinical care areas were addressed. On January 20th of this year, Erma was successfully discharged home to her family. On behalf of everyone here at Elliott Nursing and Rehabilitation, we would like to extend our best wishes to Erma. It was an honor serving her!

Success Story: Mrs. Christine Bond

March 25, 2021

We’re so glad to see residents achieve their goals! Christine was admitted to our community in January with eight compression fractures. She was strong, but due to the severity of pain in her back, she was unable to sit up for no longer than fifteen minutes at a time. However, she was motivated to do as much as she physically could.

Christine’s motivation was fueled by the desire to be able to attend her granddaughter’s wedding in June. Christine did her therapy with physical therapist Allyson Thornsberry every day no matter what, and even exercised on her own to get stronger!

After two months, she is now able to sit up almost all day, playing games and communicating with family on her iPad. She can walk again unassisted and even climb stairs. Christine is ready to return home and see her dog “Jelly Bean” and when June rolls around perhaps she will dance at her granddaughter’s wedding! We spoke with Christine to say our goodbyes and best wishes, and she had this to say:

” If for some reason, (she said with a smile) I should have to be put in another Nursing Home, I want to come here! I love you all, and I’m so grateful to my Therapy girl Allyson for all she done for me….. but I have to give the full credit to the man above.”

We sure will miss you, Christina!

Resident Spotlight: Barbette Justice

March 11, 2021

Elliott Nursing & Rehabilitation is proud to spotlight resident Barbette Justice.

Barbette was born in Ashland Kentucky to Mr. Warnie Justice and Mrs. Barbara Jean Hogan. She is the oldest of her siblings. Barbette graduated from Paul Blazer High School in Boyd County and briefly attended Ashland Community College. She was employed in the past as a Ward Clerk, a Nurses Aid, and at one time an Advertising Coordinator for the Morehead News. Barbette still enjoys keeping up with the latest news and trends on Pinterest and Facebook!

Her love of painting and creating still shines through as shown here with a recent one on one activity she did to celebrate the upcoming holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. We’d say it’s definitely Pinterest-worthy, wouldn’t you?

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Our Response to COVID-19

November 28, 2020

Attention Care Team Members

Bluegrass Consulting Group centers remain vigilant to living our Mission that creates a magical culture through the hearts of our Care Team Members. Each Bluegrass Consulting Group center prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of all residents, Care Team members and family members within our community. This pandemic has seen unprecedented challenges for the healthcare industry, our nation, and our world. In particular, those challenges presented to Post-Acute Care, with all the changes in regulations, knowledge, and directives, the organization has sought to be in full compliance and a leader in the healthcare industry. The recent federal vaccine mandate is the most recent example of how we are asking our organization to rise to the challenge and lead the way. Through much communication, engagement, and research, we are announcing that all Bluegrass centers will embrace the requirement of the COVID-19 vaccine to keep our residents, Care Team members, and family members safe.

Effective October 1st, 2021 – all new hires will be required to be vaccinated.

Effective November 1st, 2021 – all Care Team Members and contracted employees will be required to be vaccinated.

The safety, security, and health of our residents and Care Team members is our number one concern, especially during this pandemic. We are assured that this requirement will provide the best approach to quality care for our communities and those residents we have the privilege to serve. We will continue to monitor updates and governmental direction regarding the mandate and will reserve the right to change this policy, if needed, to comply with all federal mandates. If you have questions or believe you qualify for a Medical or Religious exemption, you are encouraged to speak to your Human Resource Representative or Executive Director. All exemption requests will need to be submitted no later than October 15, 2021.  

We continue to remain in this fight against COVID-19 together and our gratitude for all the support, hard work and commitment that is shown daily is overwhelming. You are what makes the Bluegrass difference.


Bernard McGuinness, CEO

Bluegrass Consulting Group

Our Response to COVID-19

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We know some of you may be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) being reported in the media and how it may impact us here at the center.

Our top priority is keeping our residents and Care Team Members safe and we feel these measures are needed to ensure their safety. We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them. These may include telephone, email, text or through Skype or Facebook. Our Care Team Members are happy to help facilitate these alternative methods.

Our center is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict hand-washing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick. We also are staying up-to-date with the CDC recommendations as they are updated. In addition, the center is in close contact with the local and state health department and are following their guidance.

We will notify you if any residents or Care Team Members are diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Executive Director.

Elliott Defense Program

Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest responsibility. 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝘆 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆-𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴-𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. As part of the “Elliott Defense” program, we follow a scientific approach using rigorous measures and our industry’s best products. We closely monitor recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our extensive efforts include:

Weekly COVID-19 Testing: All Care Team Members are tested at a minimum of every week.

Sign-In Kiosks and Temperature Monitoring: We utilize a digital system to screen guests and Care Team Members for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing) before entering our community.

Personal Protective Equipment: Care Team Members and residents have access to masks (surgical, N95), gloves, gowns, face shields, and hand sanitizer. Care Team Members are required to wear a mask at all times.

Recycled Air Ionizer: Air Ionizers are installed directly into air ducts, producing positive and negative ions that neutralize harmful pollutants and odors in our buildings.

Plexiglass at Check-in and Nurses Stations: Plexiglass Shields at reception and nurses stations provide a physical barrier to reduce exposure and cross-contamination.

Electrostatic Sprayers: Sprayers provide a uniform and wraparound layer of germ-killing power, providing maximum efficiency disinfecting surfaces.

Deep-Clean Sanitization: Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level.

Daily Communications with Families: Our automated system keeps families and loved ones informed on COVID19 cases.

Thank you Care Team Members for all your hard work!