Celebrating the First Day of Summer


Happy first day of summer! Today we welcome the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Riverview celebrated the official first day of summer by spending a day at the lake… and of course, we had a huge cook out! Check out some pictures of our fun in the sun…

Riverview Hosts 2017 Cancer Survivor Banquet

The 2017 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Floyd County is just a few days away and this year Team Riverview was honored to once again host the Survivor Banquet. This was a very special event as more than 120 cancer survivors and guests gathered together inside the Riverview Restaurant & Grille at Riverview HealthCARE Center. Riverview CEO Missy Allen welcomed everyone, and Riverview Director of Spirituality and cancer survivor Phillip Ramey offered some encouraging words and prayer. After this, everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal and was blessed with an inspiring story from this year’s guest speaker Debbie Reid, MDS Coordinator. There was tons of prizes given away at the end of the event and every survivor went home with at least one prize. It is certainly an honor to be part of such a great community event, and a wonderful privilege to welcome the community into our Riverview home. Check out some pictures from this special event…

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor Leader


Riverview Hosts Annual Prayer Event for Community

The annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast was held at Riverview HealthCARE Center this morning and large number of people from the community attended this special event. Chaplain Phillip Ramey gave some opening remarks to begin the program and opened the event with prayer. The audience was then blessed with a special song from one of our faithful volunteers, Bill Donovan.

The Mayor of Prestonsburg, Les Stapleton, was on hand to read and sign a National Day of Prayer proclamation from the city. He was followed by Ben Hale, County Judge Executive, who then presented a county proclamation as well. Senator Johnny Ray Turner, State Representative Larry Brown, and other community leaders and clergy also attended this event. Pastor Richard Greene of the Licking River Baptist Church delivered a short devotion on the importance of prayer, and then prayed a prayer for our nation, community, military, churches, and schools.

After a few closing remarks and announcements from Riverview CEO Missy Allen, Chaplain Ramey then dismissed the program in prayer and asked a blessing on the food. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a delicious breakfast provided by the Riverview team. This was a great day and a wonderful event as the community came together for a moment of prayer.

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor

Riverview Sweet 16

A group of Elders and care partners from Riverview journeyed to the boys high school basketball “Sweet 16” state tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.

This was the 100th annual Kentucky Sweet 16 basketball tournament, a long standing tradition in the Commonwealth. The annual trip to the Sweet 16 has also become a tradition for our Riverview community. Each year we travel to Lexington and enjoy the sights and sounds of Rupp Arena, as well as some intense basketball action. We call this trip “The Perry Jones Memorial Sweet 16 Trip” in honor of a dear elder that lived here at Riverview. Mr. Jones had amassed an unbelievable streak by attending the state tournament 54 consecutive years. We were blessed to make this journey with him the last several years of his life, and even now that he has passed we continue to keep the streak going in his memory.

This year’s trip was a blast. We had a wonderful day together and a few of the elders enjoyed seeing a live game at Rupp Arena for the very first time. Plans are already being made for next year’s trip. Through wonderful happenings such as this we are honoring the lives of the elders that live here, honoring the memory of those who have gone, and honoring our community one elder at a time.

Click here for previous stories about our Sweet 16 trips…

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor

Big Blue Party

There was a huge Big Blue Party held in our Riverview community today to celebrate the Kentucky Wildcats opening game of the SEC Tournament. Everyone was dressed in their UK gear, and blue and white decorations could be seen everywhere. There was a Kentucky Basketball Trivia game that took place and many wonderful prizes were awarded to the winners. Elders and care partners gathered together to watch the big game and cheer on the Cats. After the game, our annual “Riverview Free Throw Shoot-Out” was held and the winner received a pair of UK lawn chairs. It was certainly a fun time for everyone here in our Riverview community. Congrats to the Cats on their win over Georgia, and congrats to Plant Ops Director Donnie Cole for winning the free throw contest. Check out some pictures from this great event.

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor

Riverview Fiesta

A huge fiesta was held today in our Riverview community and it was a great time for everyone. Our Retention Committee sponsored this fiesta and supplied all the wonderful food. Tacos, fajitas, chips, cheese, and salsa, were just some of the items on the menu for this special event. All the stakeholders and Elders in our Riverview community dined together with mariachi music playing in the background. There was lots of laughing, dancing, and of course eating! After this big fiesta everyone was ready for a nice siesta. Check out some pictures from this fun event…

Riverview Superbowl

Football fans all around the world will be tuned in to the big game this weekend as the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51, but this isn’t the only big game taking place this week. Today our annual “Super Bowl & Tailgate Party” was held here in our Riverview community. Riverview Stadium was filled with a host of fans as our two teams of Elders met on the gridiron. It was tons of fun as usual, and the intense battle ended with the Patriots edging the Falcons 27-20. Everyone enjoyed a huge pizza tailgate party in addition to the big game. We can only hope this weekend’s game is half as exciting as the Riverview Superbowl! Check out some pictures from this awesome event…

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality – Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor

A Very Merry Christmas for the Elders

On December 20th at our Riverview home, we held our annual Christmas party for the elders. A huge crowd from our Riverview community gathered together in our dining area for this very merry celebration. Our very own Riverview Choir performed some holiday favorites and Country Music Road to Fame winner Jason Goble also provided entertainment for everyone. There was plenty of festive food, singing, and even a visit from Santa Claus. Elders, care partners, and a host of family members joined in to sing some holiday classics as we waited for Santa to arrive. Upon his arrival, Santa brought gifts for every single elder in our home.

Our care partners work hard all year long with fund raisers, such as our annual car show, yard sales, Mugg-Z Burgers, and other endeavors to make sure Santa will be able to deliver this special Christmas.

It’s truly a blessing to be part of such a wonderful event and a wonderful home. This certainly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor

Riverview Holiday Fun

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if you stop in our Riverview community you we find that the elders and care partners are certainly anticipating Santa’s arrival. Singing, decorating, and all sorts of holiday events can be found throughout the neighborhoods of our Riverview home. We’ve noticed that on social media, a lot of people have been doing a thing called the mannequin challenge. So, we decided to do a special “holiday edition” of the mannequin challenge and it was a blast. Hope you enjoy!

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Elder Vacations: Making Dreams Come True

A cool thing about culture change when it comes to long term care is when you see this wonderful paradigm shift take place in front of you. Most often when people think of a nursing home it’s more like a nightmare, and certainly not a place where dreams could come true. Nursing homes are supposed to be places where people stop dreaming about accomplishing “new” things, and a place where dreams die. However, with the vision of the Signature HealthCARE revolution, the Eden Alternative, and the culture change movement, we experience just the opposite in the home where we work and the Edlers live. With person-directed care, people continue to build relationships, do things meaningful, and grow as individuals. People even have the opportunity to do things they never dreamed of.

“I never dreamed in a million years we would come to live in a nursing home, and sure never dreamed that nursing home would take us to Disney World!” said Mrs. Crisp about the recent Elder Vacation that she got to be a part of with her husband of 60 years. “It was a 60-year wedding anniversary that people like us could only dream of,” said Mr. Crisp.

That’s the most rewarding thing about being part of the Signature Revolution, and that’s the coolest thing about culture change… dreams can still come true!

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor