The Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in West Palm Beach was awarded third place in the FHCA 2021 Long Term Care Photo Contest with the entry, “William Is Able to Stand Up.” The photo, captured by Sheila Fernandez, features Mr. William working to overcome the challenges of physical therapy so he can build up his strength and ultimately return home. Together with his therapist, he learns how to stand up and attempts to take a step.
Fernandez has been the activity director at the Edward J. Healey Center for more than three years. She has been in long term care for over 15 years and is constantly looking for new ways to bring joy to the center’s residents. When asked what moved her to take this photo, Fernandez stated that she was “trying to capture the joy of our resident achieving a goal that he thought he would not be able to accomplish.” A safety net of Palm Beach County and a Five-Star quality rated facility, the Edward J. Healey Center has a vision to help residents who may be unable to receive assistance from other organizations.
FHCA rewarded the Edward J. Healey Center with $200 to contribute toward staff and resident activities. Fernandez will receive a $50 Visa gift card for capturing this image.
FHCA’s Long Term Care Photo Contest is open annually to those who live, work, or volunteer in an FHCA member care center or those who work with an FHCA business partner. Nearly 100 photos were entered into this year’s contest, which focused on the bright spots during COVID and how staff and residents stayed resilient throughout the pandemic with activities, virtual visits, community support, drive-by parades and more.
The winning photos will be displayed during FHCA’s 2021 Annual Conference & Trade Show, July 25-29 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando. Read more about this year’s Long Term Care Photo Contest, winners and view all the entries by clicking here.